Spurs' Gregg Popovich takes aim at Roger Goodell, 'hypocritical' NFL owners

Paola Ditto
Giugno 16, 2020

"It is incongruous. It makes no sense".

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is not very impressed with the NFL's recent change of tune. I don't get it.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich rebuked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for failing to support Colin Kaepernick and other players who have protested racial injustice by kneeling during the USA national anthem.

Regarding the NFL's newfound support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Popovich had this to say: "It's just hypocritical". "The flag is irrelevant". The NFL is largely viewed as an entity to have blackballed Colin Kaepernick following Kaepernick's kneeling protests in 2016.

The NFL's stance on anthem protests has shifted drastically this month, with commissioner Roger Goodell releasing a video admitting the league was "wrong in silencing (its) players for peacefully protesting." "It's just a symbol that people glom onto for political reasons ..."

Popovich said that Goodell "folded" to President Donald Trump, comparing the commissioner to Republican lawmakers who are anxious "they will get tweeted out of their office and not get elected the next go-round".

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling for the anthem in 2016 and Trump repeatedly took aim at the National Football League and the protest situation during the 2017 season. "I don't understand. I think they put themselves in an unsustainable position".

The others were Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Jets owner Woody Johnson (who is now the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom), Jaguars owner Shahid Khan and since deceased Texans owner Robert McNair.

Although the article mentions Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Patriots owner Robert Kraft as Trump supporters who each gave $1 million to the inauguration committee for the 45th President, they weren't alone. Jimmy Haslam ($400k) of the Cleveland Browns and Edward Glazer ($250k) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also reported to have made sizeable contributions.

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