Common says Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has “slave owner mentality” for threatening to bench players
The heated debate over NFL protests during the national anthem have permeated into the world of music, where several musicians have been very vocal over their stances on the trend of kneeling during "The Star Spangled Banner," in order to protest racial injustice. The latest musician to join in on the issue is Common, who claimed Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had a "slave owner mentality" after he threatened to bench any player who protested during the anthem, a new TMZ video shows.
To me it’s an owner mentality. It’s like a slave owner mentality, to be honest. Like, ‘You gonna do what I say on this.’ Nobody disrespecting the job, they’re just saying this is how I want to place my body during this anthem.
Common went on to argue that kneeling protesters are no different than those who choose to pray or put their hands over their hearts during the anthem:
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.
Tony Covington, a former NFL player who now serves as Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for the NAACP, deemed Jones' comments as "more than tone-deaf, more than misinformed and misguided" in an official statement.
Jones' comments comes two weeks after he himself joined the Cowboys in kneeling during the anthem.