If ESPN bigwigs thought they’d scare anyone on their network by punishing anyone who criticizes Trump or any other bigot after suspending Jemele Hill, they had another thing coming.
ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon completely went off on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for asserting that he would bench any players who took a knee during the national anthem and disrespected the flag. Jones originally said:
‘If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period… We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have.’
Of course, Trump loved it and tweeted his approval of Jones’ statement.
Many, however, did not approve of Jones’ comments. Wilbon was on ESPN when he compared Jones to a slave owner.
‘The word that comes to my mind, and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it, is plantation… “The players are here to serve me, they will do what I want no matter how much I pay them. They are not equal to me.” That’s what this says to me and to mine.’
That may seem harsh to some; however, it’s not. It’s a completely legitimate comparison of white owners of professional sports teams. In the NFL, the majority of the professional athletes are black men. They work for white men to entertain the masses at the sacrifice of their own body and mind. When they protest the treatment of their brothers and sisters – suffering violence and death at the hands of white cops – they are lambasted with criticism and threats of punishment from their owners, fans, and their own president.
Furthermore, positions in the NFL tend to be segregated also. How many black quarterbacks have you ever seen compared to white?
Additionally, what’s so nuts about Jones’ decision to bench players who take a knee is the fact he originally came out and linked arms with his players in supposed solidarity – all of which was bonafide bologna. Wilbon called the act “phony as a $3 bill.”
Wilbon will surely face severe criticism for his comments on ESPN. However, the truth hurts, and the truth strikes fear into the hearts of those who rule the status quo. Players in the NFL will continue to take a knee whether Jones approves or not, and they’ll keep protesting a national anthem that doesn’t represent their black brothers and sisters who are losing their lives daily.
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