Lebron James Blames NFL Owners For Having A “Slave Mentality”
By: Eboni Walker
For many years many people have sat back and watched the controversy unfold between the NFL and athletes.
NBA star Lebron James weighed in on his perspective of the league and accused NFL owners of having a slave mentality.
James sat down with a few individuals for HBO’s The Shop on Friday. During the conversation, the NFL kneeling protest was discussed.
“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams, and they got that slave mentality,” James said. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f**k I tell y’all to do, or we get rid of y’all.’”
James believes the league’s owners try to suppress the feelings of Black NFL players by benching them if they express the political views.
James says he is so grateful for the NBA league commissioner, Adma Silver.
“I’m so appreciative, in our league, our commissioner. It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out. As long as we are doing it in a very educational, non-violent way, then he’s absolutely okay with it.”
James then breaks down the difference between the two leagues. He believes the NFL is not concerned with the “well-being” of its players, socially, politically, or mentally.
“The difference between the NBA and the NFL, the NBA is what we believe he [a player] can be. The potential. In the NFL, it’s like what can you do for me this Sunday, or this Monday or this Thursday, and if you ain’t it, we moving on.”
The battle between the NFL and its players began in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for the national anthem.
He and other players began to kneel while the national anthem played before games.
Kaepernick and other players argued that the kneeling was in protest of police brutality and social injustice in the United States.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in an NFL media interview. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
He added, “this is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
ESPN commentator Michael Wilborn even sees the issue with the NFL’s decisions in regards to the protest. “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.”
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Source: NFL, The Root