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Rapper Common Claims NFL Owner Jerry Jones Has 'Slave Owner Mentality'

The debate over NFL players protesting the National Anthem seems to be reaching its boiling point. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has spoken out against players disrespecting the flag and anthem, and a statement from league offices notes that it’s time to put the controversy to bed. As the Daily Mail shares, rapper Common has chimed in with his two cents, and he’s not real pleased with how Jones has presented his side of the argument.

“It's an owner mentality, like a slave owner mentality, to be honest. Like, 'You gonna do what I say on this,'" Common explained. “Other people choosing to put their hands over their heart - what makes that gesture better than somebody else who might be praying during the national anthem? Or if somebody says, 'I'm kneeling for what I believe in,' ... then they should be able to do that because that's what this country is about.”

Jones spoke to ESPN about the ongoing controversy, which resulted in Vice President Mike Pence exiting a game between the Colts and 49ers in Indianapolis after players protested the anthem.

“I know this, we cannot...in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones explained. “We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag.”

Common was not the only one to take issue with what Jones had to say. The NAACP's Tony Covington, a former NFL safety, offered up a statement that also blasted Jones.

“Jerry Jones's comments are more than tone-deaf, more than misinformed and misguided - they are a public commitment by an NFL owner to violate his players' Constitutional right to free speech - one of the principles on which our nation was founded,” the statement read in part.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also released a statement that notes its time to move on and get back to normal.

“The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players,” the statement read in part. “Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week's League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country.”

There’s plenty of ways for players to make a real difference on the issues that they’re passionate about. No one is preventing them from doing that. All that is being asked of them is to stop alienating a large portion of the fanbase, who just so happen to be a large reason why they are paid what they are paid to play a game that they love.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube, TMZ

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