NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been asked if the league is taking a “step back” after President Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville and subsequent response to protests.
In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday, Goodell was asked if he feels the NFL is moving forward in the wake of the Charlottesville protests.
“I think that’s really fair to say that I think that is, yes,” Goodell said.
“We’re taking a few steps back.
We’re trying to be better stewards of the league’s reputation.
I think there are a lot of good things in the world that are happening that we haven’t seen yet.”
The commissioner said that the NFL has taken a number of actions, including a statement condemning the violence at Charlottesville and the decision to reinstate the league to its traditional six-game schedule.
Goodell said the league and NFLPA have worked to create a new relationship and a stronger working relationship with the league.
“We’re working with them to try to bring about that.
So far, we haven: a statement of condemnation and an apology,” Goodell told 60 Minutes.
“The league has taken several steps forward.
We have taken the statement of criticism that we’ve issued and we’ve taken steps forward with the owners and the owners have come together and we’re going to continue to work on that.”
The NFL has been criticized for not fully condemning the neo-Nazi groups that were involved in the protests and for not reinstating the league as a six-team playoff series.
Trump has also blamed the protests on the NFL for the protests.
“It was a group that were protesting because the game was being played,” Goodell added.
“There were thousands and thousands of people who came out, some who were protesting, some that were there to support the team.
I know that’s not true.”
The statement of appreciation Goodell issued Sunday was issued before the league decided to suspend the players in the case.
The NFL said the players were disciplined on “indiscriminate and baseless” charges, and that the league would conduct its own investigation into the incident.