Al Sharpton Says Jerry Jones Is Like A Slave Owner With 'Plantation Mentality'

Al Sharpton is calling out NFL team owner Jerry Jones for his flip-flopping on the National Anthem issue. According to Sharpton, the Dallas Cowboys owner's recent stand on benching players who take a knee for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' means Jones is treating his players like slaves.

Sharpton also slammed ESPN for suspending ESPN host Jemele Hill for slamming the president and the Dallas Cowboys on the issue.

Jerry Jones has long opposed the National Anthem protests that have become popular in pro-football. Many people were stunned, then, when Jones himself took a knee before the National Anthem on September 25, locking arms in solidarity with players, but Jones then stood up when the anthem began.

Jones most recently made comments saying that he would bench any player who disrespected the anthem, and that started up a firestorm.

"We cannot in the NFL, in any way, give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. We cannot do that. I know the vice president did leave because in his opinion, the teams were. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues," said Jones in an interview on Sunday.

Rev. Al Sharpton, talk show host and civil rights activist, had a bone to pick with Jones. The NFL owner kneeling with his players then prohibiting them to kneel doesn't paint Jones as sympathetic or patriotic to Sharpton; it paints the Dallas Cowboys owner as a 'plantation' owner.

“So you have an all-white league of owners making the decisions," said Sharpton.

"Now, you put that with the fact that Jerry Jones takes a knee one day in the name of unity, but says I’m going to bench you if you take a knee."

"That’s a plantation kind of mentality. So you can bend on your knee with me, and if I’m writing the script on which you get on your knee for, but don’t you dare bend your knee by yourselves, boys, and think for yourself."

"Why is he on his knee if a knee should take you out of the game? Jones was on his knee, talking about unity,” he added.

Sharpton has also had a lot to say lately about Jemele Hill, the ESPN host who was suspended for calling President Donald Trump a 'white supremacist' and for calling for a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys advertisers.

"Or, how about not patronizing the advertisers who support the Cowboys? You can watch and do that, right?" Hill's tweet read.

Hill then clarified with an added tweet that she was not calling for an NFL boycott.

Sharpton backed Hill and called for ESPN to reverse their decision to suspend her. “She in fact said in the tweet, I’m not calling for a boycott,” Sharpton said. “So what is the basis of the suspension?” He said.

Sharpton has requested a meeting with Disney's board of directors. Disney is ESPN's parent company. Sharpton says if the company fires Hill under pressure from the White House that there will be serious 'consequences'.

“If ESPN violates her rights, then we will exercise our rights," he said.

Source: Independent Journal Review, USA Today
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