The NFL will observe June 19 — referred to as Juneteenth and marks the top of slavery within the U.S. — as a league vacation and shut league places of work that day.
Commissioner Roger Goodell introduced the vacation in an inner memo and comes within the wake of the loss of life of George Floyd on Might 25 in Minneapolis. Since then, the league’s stand towards in-game protests has come below hearth from quite a few gamers.
“The facility of this historic feat in our nation’s blemished historical past is felt every year, however there is no such thing as a query that the magnitude of this occasion weighs much more closely at the moment within the present local weather,” Goodell wrote.
The memo continued: “This 12 months, as we work collectively as a household and in our communities to fight the racial injustices that stay deeply rooted within the material of our society, the NFL will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 19th as a acknowledged vacation and our league places of work will probably be closed. It’s a day to mirror on our previous, however extra importantly, take into account how every one in all us can proceed to indicate up and band collectively to work towards a greater future.”
The NFL, which final week dedicated to do extra to advertise equality, pledged on Thursday to donate $250 million US to social-justice causes over a 10-year interval.
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