When the NFL made its official statement last Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed in Minneapolis and nationwide over the past week, there was major criticism of commissioner Roger Goodell for not saying anything impactful regarding the issue of systemic racism.
Two Vikings linebackers now have taken the NFL to task for the latest, typical canned response. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, representing the Vikings’ team social justice committee, tackled the league head-on with an identical Twitter thread on Tuesday.
First, as a refresher, this is what came from Goodell:
“The NFL family is greatly saddened by the tragic events across our country. The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd and to those who have lost loved ones, including the families of Ms. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, the cousin of Tracy Walker of the Detroit Lions.
“As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league. These tragedies inform the NFL’s commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action. We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners.”
And here was how Barr and Kendricks tore down the statement, tweet by tweet.
If Barr and Kendricks’ goal was provide strength in numbers and by repetition, they succeeded loud and clear on “Blackout Tuesday.”
Their thoughts were echoed by their Vikings teammates and the organization as a whole, which turned its Twitter page black. Playing for all of Minnesota and in Minneapolis, Barr and Kendricks embraced their local social responsibility with power to match. Your move again, NFL.
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