NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday released a statement on behalf of the league saying "we were wrong" not to listen to player protests against racism.
In a brief 80-second video message, Goodell condemned "the systematic oppression of black people" and encouraged "all to speak out and peaceably protest."
Goodell also said the league believes "black lives matter" and vowed to be part of the "much-needed change" in America.
"We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. 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. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff."
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