Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a ‘slave owner mentality,’ according to entertainer Common, who took offense to Jones’s declaration that he would bench any player who refused to stand for the national anthem.
‘It’s an owner mentality,’ Common told TMZ, adding, ‘like a slave owner mentality, to be honest. Like, “You gonna do what I say on this.”‘
During Sunday’s loss to the visiting Green Bay Packers, Jones was asked about Vice President Mike Pence’s exit from Sunday’s Colts-49ers game in Indianapolis, when the former Indiana Governor abruptly left after several San Francisco players took a knee during the national anthem.
‘I know this, we cannot…in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,’ Jones told ESPN.
‘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,’ he continued.
Common, 45, took issue with the 74-year-old Jones’s logic.
‘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?’ Common asked.
‘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,’ the actor/rapper added.