Response to Trump Made NFL’s Roger Goodell ‘Proud of Our League’
Columnist Peter King weighs in on protest debate in 'Monday Morning QB' column.
After President Trump’s speech and follow-up tweets in which he slammed the NFL protests and the league’s response to them, Commissioner Roger Goodell had some choices. He could’ve stayed silent. He could’ve also made some heads roll. He could’ve also had a publicist handle with the situation.
Instead, he decided to fight back: Speaking to Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King, Goodell said, “The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud. I’m proud of our league.”
This, after his official response to Trump’s comments the other night, which, in part, read: “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
How did the league’s players respond to Trump’s controversial comments? They laid it on even harder—upping the number of silent pregame protests by players from about 10 the week before to more than 250. As King asks rhetorically, “How would you guess strong and principled men would respond to anyone, never mind the president, calling them SOBs?”
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