Vikings linebackers tweet takedown of NFL’s statement on social justice: ‘Vague answers do nothing’

first_imgWhen 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.”MORE: Jeffrey Lurie’s statement on racial injustice stands out in NFL And here was how Barr and Kendricks tore down the statement, tweet by [email protected] what actual steps are you taking to support the fight for justice and system reform?Your statement said nothing. Your league is built on black athletes. Vague answers do nothing. Let the players know what you’re ACTUALLY doing.And we know what silence means.— Anthony Barr (@AnthonyBarr) June 2, [email protected] what actual steps are you taking to support the fight for justice and system reform?Your statement said nothing. Your league is built on black athletes. Vague answers do nothing. Let the players know what you’re ACTUALLY doing.And we know what silence means. pic.twitter.com/EOqzDjW1an— Eric Kendricks (@EricKendricks54) June 2, 2020The @Vikings have opened a dialogue with players and we’re all working towards solutions with the team…if anyone has suggestions for how to support the city, we’d love to hear them.— Anthony Barr (@AnthonyBarr) June 2, 2020The @Vikings have opened a dialogue with players and we’re all working towards solutions with the team…if anyone has suggestions for how to support the city, we’d love to hear them.— Eric Kendricks (@EricKendricks54) June 2, 2020Our team doesn’t just want to donate — we want to work with local organizations and get out there to help facilitate change. DM me or comment if you have any suggestions or info.— Anthony Barr (@AnthonyBarr) June 2, 2020Our team doesn’t just want to donate — we want to work with local organizations and get out there to help facilitate change. DM me or comment if you have any suggestions or info.— Eric Kendricks (@EricKendricks54) June 2, 2020But we want answers at the league level. That’s where change can happen, and we’ve seen none. Because right now, it seems like nothing. And nothing is unacceptable.— Anthony Barr (@AnthonyBarr) June 2, 2020But we want answers at the league level. That’s where change can happen, and we’ve seen none. Because right now, it seems like nothing. And nothing is unacceptable.— Eric Kendricks (@EricKendricks54) June 2, 2020You can’t bring in people to teach us how we should interact with police but not work towards changing the behavior of the police themselves.Silence will not make this go away. @NFL #WeWantAnswers #BlackLivesMatter— Anthony Barr (@AnthonyBarr) June 2, 2020You can’t bring in people to teach us how we should interact with police but not work towards changing the behavior of the police themselves.Silence will not make this go away. @NFL #WeWantAnswers #BlackLivesMatter— Eric Kendricks (@EricKendricks54) June 2, 2020If 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.last_img read more

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