Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills believes that if the NFL listened to Colin Kaepernick’s message in 2016 when he knelt during the national anthem to raise awareness of social injustice, the league could have saved lives.
Stills shared his thoughts on social media in response to a video of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell being interviewed by Fox Sports 1’s Emmanuel Acho during his video series called, “Uncomfortable conversations with a black man.”
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“He can say whatever he wants to say now, but in a way, if we had taken a tougher stand and he would have listened to us early on, there would have been so many lives that could have been saved. Stills said. “There’s a lot of progress we could have made within our law enforcement, within our police, so it’s a nice gesture, I guess, to say he wished he had done something different. , but look at the NFL.
The NFL needs to do a better job of listening to players, understanding their issues, and doing something about them.
“We are supposed to be the leaders in our country, and I feel like we find a way to always be … We are reactive rather than proactive when it comes to a lot of issues in our country and in the world. within the league too. “
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Stills, who will appear to be Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson’s favorite targets in 2020, has actually considered stepping down due to the coronavirus pandemic and what’s going on in our country right now. But he has decided to play, and will be a great weapon for Watson, alongside wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller.
“I feel like the sport is really a distraction,” Stills said. “I feel like there are other things that are more important than playing football or playing sports at the moment. So a lot went into the decision to pull out or play.
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In the end, he decided he could play better as a member of the team.
“I felt, after talking with people I was close to and some of my teammates, that I could be more beneficial for this team and this movement inside, trying to be a leader Still said. I work with my teammates, I work with the staff here, I work with the league and I know our audience, I try to have the greatest impact and influence on them.