Packers’ LaFleur: Now is ‘great opportunity to make significant changes’

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said in a Zoom webinar Friday that the team is actively discussing how they can help be a force for change in ending social injustice and police brutality.

LaFleur and many players were part of a video message Thursday that called for change, and more discussions continue to take place in team meetings. LaFleur said a lot of his players are hurting right now, and his goal as their head coach is to listen and help take action.

“There’s things bigger than football and this is one of those things,” LaFleur said. “I was fortunate to be in a lot of those meetings, and there’s a lot of powerful words and stories that our players told. I think this is such a great opportunity for all of us, coaches, players and everybody in society, to listen to our black community, and some of the struggles they’ve dealt with for years and years and years. What a great opportunity to be aware of what’s going on, and a great opportunity to make significant changes.”

LaFleur was also asked about the discussions taking place now as opposed to a few years ago, when Colin Kaepernick and other players knelt during the national anthem.

“You look at what happened a few years ago, and it’s unfortunate how we handled some of that,” LaFleur said. “We have to move forward and do things the right way, and really listen. It’s going to come back to that. Listen, come up with solutions, and the only way we’re going to do that is collectively, as an entire country.”

LaFleur says the players haven’t discussed the specific of example of kneeling before games as a way to protest, but he says he will support his players in whatever they want to do, as long as it’s peaceful.