PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia sports team owner Philadelphias owner Phil Knight has apologized after he tweeted a racially charged and insulting phrase about the National Football League players.
Philly sports team owners, teams, and owners of major professional sports franchises are among the most racially diverse in the country, with more than 60 percent of them belonging to a minority race.
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, whose team has a large black fan base, said in a statement that his comment about players and the National Anthem “does not represent the views of my organization.”
The Philadelphia Eagles and their owners have come under fire for their handling of the players protest following the deaths of five police officers in Dallas, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge.
Lurie also said he “gave a lot of thought” to the issue and was “troubled” by the comments made by his players.
He added that “all of us have to understand how to do this.”
The NFLPA released a statement on Saturday that said “it is deeply offensive and offensive to use any racial epithets or slurs towards our players and fans, particularly our African American players and their families.
The comments are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
The statement continued: “As the owners of teams in this city, we have a responsibility to represent all our players, fans and the city as best we can.
We want to make it clear that we are committed to working with our players to bring about a peaceful resolution to the situation.”
The league office and Philadelphia Eagles’ owner have been in contact with the owners’ teams, said ESPN.
“It’s very important that the players and all of their families are aware that the commissioner and all members of the NFLPA will work together to bring a resolution to this issue,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
The statement said the players were notified of the incident on Sunday.
“We will continue to work closely with the league and all the stakeholders to try to bring this issue to a peaceful end,” the statement said.