SPORTS

Roger Goodell saying Black Lives Matter is ‘almost like a slap in the face,’ Michael Bennett says

Jun 13, 2020, 6:17 PM
Goodell...
In an interview with The Daily Beast, NFL defensive end Michael Bennett said a video of Goodell was "almost like a slap in the face." (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

(CNN) — NFL defensive end Michael Bennett isn’t buying comments from Commissioner Roger Goodell last week that the league believes Black Lives Matter.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Bennett, a free agent, said Goodell’s video statement was “almost like a slap in the face.”

“Black talent has been exploited at a high level in the NFL” for decades, Bennett said in the interview, published Friday. “He knows Black Lives Matter, because without black players, the NFL wouldn’t be as lucrative as it is.”

In his video statement, Goodell said the league should have listened earlier to players’ concerns about racism. But he did not mention former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has not been offered a contract after receiving backlash for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.

Bennett told the Daily Beast the NFL’s actions need to match Goodell’s statement.

“Is the intent of the NFL to really make a positive impact or is it not to be seen as if they don’t respect the players?” Bennett asked.

“We have to continuously push the NFL to change its core values and change its moral compass on a consistent basis,” he said of NFL players. “If not, shame on us and shame us for real. We have the opportunity to hold Roger Goodell and the rest of the bosses” to account, he said.

Bennett has long been outspoken on racial issues, publishing a book in 2018 titled, “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” in which he discussed racism, police brutality and the role of black athletes as political activists.

In 2017, while playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Bennett told CNN he would not stand for the national anthem until he saw “equality and freedom.” But he stood for the anthem in 2019 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he said, because his teammates asked him to.

Additionally, Bennett said PR efforts were not enough to forget some NFL owners’ backing of President Donald Trump.

“If you’re supporting him, then your letter is really null and void,” he said.

Today’s Top Stories

Sports

Cam Rising losing his helmet (Photo Credit, Wally Skalij, LA Times)...
Amanda Dickson

Opinion: The long and winding road to the championship

Never give up, not on each other, the children, or life. We may be down, but never out. Keep fighting for the things we hold dear. We believe in each other.
3 days ago
NBA Ice Buckets...
Devin Oldroyd

NBA fans invited to show “ice in their veins” at NBA Ice Buckets challenge

The NBA and Utah Jazz invite you to play NBA Ice Buckets, a free-to-play indoor basketball shooting challenge at Trolley Square.
4 days ago
For the first time in history, a woman has taken to the field as a referee during World Cup soccer....
Associated Press

Stéphanie Frappart makes history as 1st female World Cup ref

Frappart also had two women as assistants. Neuza Back of Brazil and Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico complete an all-female refereeing team on the field.
5 days ago
A US Soccer spokesperson told CNN in an email that Pulisic, who collided with the Iranian goalkeepe...
Kevin Dotson and Matias Grez, CNN

Christian Pulisic is day-to-day after being taken to hospital with pelvic contusion suffered scoring winning goal for US

A US Soccer spokesperson told CNN in an email that Pulisic, who collided with the Iranian goalkeeper after scoring his goal, went for medical scans but "was not hospitalized."
6 days ago
The USA has beaten Iran at the World Cup and advances into the Knockout Round....
Matias Grez

USMNT advances to World Cup knockout stage with victory over Iran

Christian Pulisic's first-half goal was all that separated the two sides as the USMNT reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2014.
7 days ago
DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 25: A giant flag of IR Iran on the pitch prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2...
ALI ABDUL-HASSAN and ABBY SEWELL Associated Press

US-Iran match reflects a regional rivalry for many Arab fans

The U.S. team’s must-win World Cup match against Iran will be closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region’s woes.
7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Roger Goodell saying Black Lives Matter is ‘almost like a slap in the face,’ Michael Bennett says