'Shame on you': NFL's Roger Goodell accused of hypocrisy in protest responseAll of a sudden Colin Kaepernick looks like the heroic man of consciousness that he's always been and the NFL looks like what it is - a bunch of super wealthy white people who put their own business concerns over the welfare of their own employees and customers along with the communities they come from and still live in.
On Saturday, Goodell addressed Floyd's death and that of two other African Americans, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and the widespread outrage that has followed.
"The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country," Goodell said. "The protesters' reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel."
Critics pointed to the league's handling of Colin Kaepernick and his protest against police brutality in 2016, saying Goodell and the league had deliberately stifled Kaepernick and so had no right now to appear to be siding with protesters and their cause.
Michael Shawn-Dugar, a writer for The Athletic, said on Twitter, "Colin Kaepernick asked the NFL to care about the lives of black people and they banned him from their platform."
"Save the bulls---," said Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills in response to Goodell's statement.
Director Ava DuVernay, an ardent critic of the NFL, tweeted: "Shame on you. This is beyond hollow + disingenuous. This is a lie," she continued. "Your actions show who you are. You've done nothing but the exact opposite of what you describe here. Keep Mr. Floyd's name out of your mouth. Shame on you + the 'consultants' of this travesty of an organization."