One of the NFL’s most vocal players on issues of racial justice and police brutality didn’t give Roger Goodell any praise for his video just now supporting players in their protest four years after the fact.
Michael Bennett, who is currently a free agent, told TheDailyBeast.com that the NFL is still a league run by several owners who have given significant money to Donald Trump, and if those owners are continuing to support Trump he doesn’t believe the league is sincere.
“If you’re supporting him, then your letter is really null and void,” Bennett said.
He also dove deeper into why he didn’t like Goodell saying ‘Black Lives Matter.’
“[Goodell] saying that Black Lives Matter is almost like a slap in the face,” Bennett said. “Black talent has been exploited at a high level in the NFL. He knows Black Lives Matter, because without black players the NFL wouldn’t be as lucrative as it is.”
Goodell’s remarks came less than 24 hours after players released a powerful video in the wake of the death of George Floyd who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking demonstrations in all 50 states that continue.
Bennett advised players to keep pushing for reform.
“We have to continuously push the NFL to change its core values and change its moral compass on a consistent basis,” he said. “If not, shame on us and shame us for real. We have the opportunity to hold Roger Goodell and the rest of the bosses,” including team owners like Jerry Jones he said, to account, and face “the reality of the suppression and oppression of the people.”
The defensive end spent the back end of 2019 season with Jones’ Dallas Cowboys.
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