Matthew Judon believes NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s public support for the Black Lives Matter cause came way too late.
“It’s not when Roger Goodell said ‘black lives matter’ that now everybody can say it,” Judon said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I think we should have been questioning why Roger Goodell didn’t say ‘black lives matter’ when he was born, or when he became commissioner, or when he was reelected commissioner. … It’s not cool that Roger Goodell said it. He should’ve been saying it.”
It was earlier this month when Goodell apologized in a video on behalf of the league for not supporting protesting players when they began kneeling during the National Anthem.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”
The Baltimore Ravens linebacker doesn’t believe Goodell deserves credit for deciding only now to support the movement.
“I’m with all the protests that we have to do and all the progress that we have to make,” Judon said. “I’m with (all) of that, but it’s not because Roger Goodell said, ‘black lives matter.'”
Judon is coming off the best year of his young NFL career, as he registered 9.5 sacks for the Ravens during the 2019 season.