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NFL players ask league to support campaign

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    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell listens at a fan forum with Baltimore Ravens fans before at the Ravens’ NFL football training practice in Baltimore on July 30. A group of current and former NFL players has asked Goodell for the league’s support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.

A group of current and former NFL players has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league’s support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.

Yahoo Sports reports the players sent a 10-page memo to Goodell and NFL executive Troy Vincent in August asking for money, political involvement and other commitments from the league. It also asked the NFL to recognize the month of November as activism awareness month.

The website reported Sept. 20 that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and receiver Torrey Smith, and former NFL receiver Anquan Boldin co-authored the letter.

The NFL declined comment when asked about the memo by Yahoo Sports. The players behind the letter didn’t return requests for comment or declined to speak about it, according to the website.

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