Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf have changed course and have now issued a statement responding to President Donald Trump’s remarks about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Here is the statement: “Professional sports offer a platform unlike any other, a platform that can bring people from a variety of backgrounds together to impact positive change in our society. As owners, it is our job to foster an environment that recognizes and appreciates diversity of thought and encourages using this platform in a constructive manner. Rather than make divisive statements, we believe in promoting thoughtful, inspiring conversation that unifies our communities. We are proud of our players, coaches and staff for the important role they play in our community, and we fully support their constitutional right to respectufully and peacefully express their beliefs.”
— Zygi and Mark Wilf and the entire Wilf family.
Goodell condemned Trump’s remarks, saying, “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
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— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 23, 2017
Several other owners around the NFL issued statements separate from the league regarding Trump’s comments and how their respective teams would respond.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 24, 2017
— Peter McLoughlin (@CEO_McLoughlin) September 24, 2017
Vikings running back Bishop Sankey chimed in on Twitter.
It’s a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the US calling citizens of the country sons of a bitches.
— Bishop Sankey (@BishopSankey) September 23, 2017