Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson supports the NFL players who kneel on the field, telling Hugh Hewitt he’ll help President Trump “get there” when it comes to understanding why they do it.
“A lot of people are under the impression that they’re kneeling because they don’t respect our national anthem or they don’t respect the flag or what it stands for. And in fact, I don’t think that’s the reason that most of them are kneeling. I think most of them are kneeling because you know, they want to protest some brutality in the police forces. They need to make that very clear,” Carson said.
He’s working on helping President Trump understand that point of view and trying to keep him from getting upset should the players kneel when the new season resumes, presumably this fall.
“Well, I don’t think he has manifested as much animosity in that region lately. And I think we just continue to work with him. He’ll get there,” he said.
The NFL released a statement following the death of George Floyd saying they were wrong not to listen to the players.
“We were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said while condemning racism.
We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/ENWQP8A0sv
— NFL (@NFL) June 5, 2020