NFL releases statement on Chauvin verdict, vows commitment toward 'more equal and just tomorrow'

The league has faced a mix of support and criticism for how it has responded to the social justice, police brutality movements.

Updated: April 21, 2021 - 1:42pm

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The NFL on Tuesday issued a respond to the murder conviction of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, saying, "We must continue to help move our society toward a more equal and just tomorrow."

The National Football League, perhaps more than another other professional sports league, has had to address the issues of social justice and police brutality toward black Americans, dating back to 2016 when some players knelt during the playing of the national anthem.  

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has faced a mix of criticism and support for his handling of the matter, which has included allowing teams to stay in their locker room during the anthem.

"We understand the pain, anger and frustration does not go away even when justice is delivered," the NFL tweeted following the verdict. "We are proud to partner with NFL players and clubs and remain committed to do the important work needed to make positive change in our society."

Many of the NFL teams individually responded to the verdict including the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings.

"The past year following George Floyd's death has been extremely painful for the Minnesota community, particularly for the State's Black residents," the Vikings tweeted. "We must address the unacceptable continued violence and hate towards People of Color and commit to using our individual and collective voices to end the divisiveness and racial injustice."

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