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After Roger Goodell half-assed apology the NFL attempts to acknowledge ‘Juneteenth’ holiday as part of the league.
The NFL has released a memo stating that the ‘Juneteenth’ holiday will be part of their 2020 celebrations. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day, or the Black Fourth of July, is an American holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865. The holiday commemorates the federal orders of Union General Gordon Granger to free enslaved people in Texas.
The NFL insider Adam Schefter posted the memo sent out by Roger Goodell states;
“It is a day to reflect on our past, but more importantly, consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future.”
The NFL has been pivoting since its June 5th press release concerning the Black Lives Matter peaceful protest. The fact remains that the league has yet to apologize to participants of the on-field protest within the NFL. Pro-athletes among other media icons has been calling for a formal apology to Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest almost 3-years ago.
Among the NFL, other sportswear brands have been making personal, and public changes to the way they observe ‘black culture’. Brands have been supporting through million-dollar donations, benefit apparel, and other mentions of Black Lives Matter.
A memo that went to NFL teams today: pic.twitter.com/XsKpDmQ6UT
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 12, 2020