Donald Trump Says NFL Is 'Very Weak'; 'Nobody' Asked for Roger Goodell's Video

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 18, 2020

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 29: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media during a press conference prior to Super Bowl LIV at the Hilton Miami Downtown on January 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida. The San Francisco 49ers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the 54th playing of the Super Bowl, Sunday February 2nd. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump has once again criticized the NFL, this time addressing commissioner Roger Goodell's video statement in which he condemned racism and vowed to support players who exercise their right to peacefully protest.

In an interview on Fox News' HannityΒ (h/t ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio), Trump called the NFL "very weak" for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem before games.Β 

Trump also said he was "surprised" at Goodell's statement because "nobody was even asking for it.”

In the video released June 5, Goodell said the NFL condemns "racism and the systematic oppression of black people" and admitted being wrong "for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest." He added that "we, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter."


We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange https://t.co/ENWQP8A0sv

That came out 24 hours after a group of players, including Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, released a video asking the NFL to condemn racism and acknowledge its wrongdoing "in silencing our players for peacefully protesting."

Saquon Barkley @saquon

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Trump has spent a significant portion of his time as president criticizing NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest systemic racism. He told the crowd at an Alabama rally in 2017 that team owners should "get that son of a b---h off the field right now" when a player protests.

With the prospect of NFL players kneeling during the anthem, Trump tweetedΒ June 13 that he won't be watching games this season.