Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon criticized the “timing” of comments in favor of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, to the Black Lives Matter movement, suggesting they were late.
“It’s not when Roger Goodell came out to talk about black lives matter, now everyone can do it,” Judon said Monday during a video conference with reporters. “I think we should question why Roger Goodell did not support black lives matter when (the movement) was born, or when he became commissioner or when he was reelected … it is not right for Roger Goodell to say so. He had to be supporting him. ”
On June 5, Goodell in a video noted that the NFL erred in dealing with NFL player protests against police brutality and systematic racism in recent years.RELATED
Judon has been one of the most active of Ravens in speaking about social injustice. He has spoken to politicians about criminal justice reform and has met with lawyers.
“I am in all the protests that we have to make and all the progress that we must make. I support all th at, but it is not because Roger Goodell says it: ‘Black lives matter’ ”.
In 2017 Judon was among the Ravens players who knelt at the Baltimore game in London, in response to President Donald Trump’s criticism of players kneeling in protest during the intonation of the national anthem.
Judon expressed frustration at the response to Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the anthem to protest racial inequality in 2016. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since.
“He should not have been rebuked. It must have been like ‘ok, let’s help this man with his cause.’ That was just the way to express it. “
During his 25-minute conference with reporters, Judon expressed more concerns about social injustice than his contractual situation. Judon, who was given the franchise player label this offseason, has until July 15 to reach a long-term deal. If not, Judon will become the first Ravens player, since Terrell Suggs in 2008, to play a full season with the tag and win $ 16.8 million.
Judon, 27, reached his first Pro Bowl in his four-year career after leading the Ravens with 9.5 sacks, his best career mark, and being the fourth player with the most hits to the quarterback with 33.
“We’ll see how it goes,” says Judon. “I’m happy being Raven. I want to stay here while I can play. “