NFL Planning to Allow Social Justice Helmet Decals Honoring Police Brutality Victims

Per Sports Center, the NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence, a league source told
Jason Reid of ESPN.

Newsmax reports NFL players will be able to wear helmet decals this season to honor victims of police brutality, according to The Associated Press.

The players’ union has been working with the NFL since June on how to pay homage to people who have died from police violence, such as George Floyd or Breonna Taylor.

“They’re still in discussions, but this sounds like it’s going to happen,” NFL Network’s Steve Wyche told Front Office Sports. “You might have one team with 15 different decals.”

The league is now reportedly working on the initials of victims who can appear on the decals.

The plans are a response to nationwide protests over police brutality following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis while in police custody.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized in June for opposing players who knelt during the national anthem to protest racism.

“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People,” Goodell said in a video statement. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.”

CNN has more on how it will work:

Each week, teams will have a choice to honor one specific name or several names, a source told CNN. All 32 NFL teams will feature the decals.

It will be up to the players to determine which name or initials will be featured on the decals, the source said.

As social justice unrest has rocked the country in recent months, the league has been making its own efforts to confront racism, four years after Colin Kaepernick began to kneel on one knee during the pre-game National Anthem as a protest against systemic racism.

Without mentioning Kaepernick, a former player for the San Francisco 49ers, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last month the league should have listened earlier to players’ concerns about racism.

That was in response to NFL players calling on the league to condemn racism and support its Black players.