However, anyone who knows anything about the league knew that the younger Goodell wouldn’t have the same strength of his convictions.
Ask them about Jeff Garcia. If they answer who? you aren’t dealing with Philly fans. If they answer our baby, you’ve got Eagles fans in tow.
The NFL tried capitulation, but the league would’ve been better off having principles and standing up for them.
The story of Roger Goodell’s father standing up to the Nixon Administration as a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War was a popular anecdote for sportswriters last fall. Charles Goodell, a Republican senator from New York, appointed to fill the seat left vacant in the wake of Robert Kennedy’s assassination, had his political career torpedoed by a vile, corrupt president and his allies for taking a stand against an unpopular war. It made for a fitting comparison at a time when the NFL commissioner and the owners took the rare step of supporting, or at least declining to punish, players who took a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness of the injustices facing black and brown people in this country, players the president called sons of bitches.
Trump’s thoughts on the national anthem weren’t necessarily the only reason players weren’t planning to attend. The new anthem policy wasn’t even a topic among the players, according to Long, and no Eagles players kneeled during the anthem in 2017.
Jenkins talked about changes in our criminal justice system, Smith said Trump has no respect for women, and Long called the visit a photo op. Most Eagles players hadn’t said whether or not they’d attend.
Jenkins released a statement Tuesday that said the White House made the decision to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military.
Smith, who now plays for the Panthers, tweeted that Trump’s statement included so many lies. He added:
There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish