Turner: Roger Goodell's Apology "Better Late Than Never"

Roger Goodell and the NFL did "a whole 180" on player protests, Chargers offensive lineman Trai Turner says

Tiki and Tierney
June 08, 2020 - 6:14 pm

Last Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a video statement explaining that the league was “wrong” for not listening to NFL players who began protested police brutality in 2016. Goodell also encouraged players to protest peacefully in the future and stated that “black lives matter.”

This is a stark contrast to the NFL’s response to protests over the last couple of seasons.

“The [George Floyd] incident was very, very unfortunate, but the [NFL’s] response [has been] better,” Chargers offensive lineman Trai Turner said on Tiki & Tierney. “It’s a whole 180, in my opinion, if you look at it with the Kaepernick situation and fast froward to now. The situation sucks and the reason we’re in this predicament or even having this change is terrible, but I guess it’s better late than never.”

The Chargers, meanwhile, are continuing to meet via Zoom, and they are discussing far more than their playbook.

“We actually took the last two or three meetings [to have] a conversation . . . just kind of putting feelings and emotions on the table, for everyone to have somewhat of an understanding,” Turner said. “I think this situation is something that not every demographic understands to the extent that another one does, or maybe they hadn’t experienced that like another demographic has. So I think putting those feelings and emotions on the table . . . for people to understand what’s going on – because a lot of people don’t really have a light, don’t see what’s going on or have feelings [about] what’s going on because it’s not affecting them personally.”

Turner, 26, said that the conversations between and among teammates have been respectful.

“You don’t have to like what I’m saying. You don’t have to agree with it. But I think you should respect everyone’s thought process and opinions on what’s going on,” Turner said. “This is something that’s at the forefront of the world right now, so you can’t hide from it. You can’t act like you don’t know what’s going on. You have to be open about it and address it. I feel like when something that’s serious like this goes unaddressed, I think that’s when more problems occur.”