NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement last week in which he pronounced the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement and admitted that the league was wrong in its handling of players protesting racial oppression by kneeling during the National Anthem.
The statement echoes Drew Brees' newfound willingness to listen and be part of the solution. However, like the New Orleans Saints quarterback, Goodell too found himself in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump, who called the 61-year-old commish out on Twitter late Sunday night.
Though Trump was a little tardy to the party this time around, him shading Goodell really shouldn't come as a surprise. He has long voiced his contempt about players peacefully protesting police brutality and racism in the country. Much like his response to Brees, the President is refusing to acknowledge that players kneeling during the Anthem has literally nothing to do with the American flag.
Goodell's statement addressed the NFL's formerly flawed interpretation of those demonstrations, though it did fail to mention Colin Kaepernick, who sparked this movement and has since been shunned from the league for doing so.
There's no doubting that Goodell won over the hearts of numerous fans by stating his allegiance with the BLM movement. Taking things a step further by clapping back at Trump's response would be another step in the right direction.