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Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Gameday on Saturday, Griffin said team owners need to “say black lives matter and then show that that means something to you.”
Griffin did note he “doesn’t have any expectation” that owners will take this approach because they have to “make that decision for themselves.”
Griffin’s comments came after San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman told Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle that the protests against and discussion about racial injustice and police brutality is “not pulling them (owners) like it is the rest of the country.”
Sherman mentioned Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones because of the power he wields: “Jerry Jones, especially, has no problem speaking up any other time about anything else. But when it’s such a serious issue, and he could really make a huge impact on it with a few words, his silence speaks volumes.”
The NFL has taken steps recently to offer support for its black players and the ongoing peaceful protests demanding action for social justice reform in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25.
Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a video statement saying the league, “condemn[s] racism and the systematic oppression of black people” and admitted wrongdoing in not listening to player protests earlier:
The league announced Thursday a $250 million donation paid out over 10 years to “support the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African-Americans.”