In rapper Common’s eyes, Jerry Jones is showing a “slave owner mentality” by stating he’ll bench any player that doesn’t stand during the National Anthem.

TMZ caught up with Glory rapper as he was entering his car. Common points out the people should pay close attention to the lyrics that Francis Scott Key wrote in the National Anthem. Specifically calling attention to the parts that talk about slavery.

“My thing is the principles of the country that you’re standing up for you really are opposing that saying this is what you need to do…It’s an owner mentality, like a slave owner mentality, to be honest. Like, ‘You gonna do what I say on this,” explained Common.

But then he really broke it down when he began to say, “other people choosing to put their hand over their heart. What makes that gesture better than somebody else who might be praying during the National Anthem?” He continued, “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 all about.”

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(Source: TMZ)

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11 thoughts on “Common Says Jerry Jones Has A ‘Slave Owner Mentality’

  1. Lawrence, just because they are employees does not mean they lose their constitutional rights — that first one, freedom of speech and unencumberance by the government. An employers’ terms cannot infringe on an employee’s constitutional rights. That’s what the constitution is all about. If you are going to circumvent it in any way, then let’s just have a free for all and everybody do as they please……imagine that kind of world. There is a comparison to slavery here by the owners’ mentality way of thinking. Intimidation was huge in maintaining the slave concept and that is exactly what the owners are attempting to do in this situation. They cannot like what the players are doing but they don’t have the right to infringe on their constitutional right to do it. Failing to recognize the problem is the problem………

  2. Dr. Lawrence on said:

    The players are employees, they chose to work for the NFL teams, they can also choose to walk away from their job and salary if they don’t like their employers terms. There is no comparison to slavery. None

  3. If the brothers in the NFL get a backbone and unite – – they can shut it down. When the reality of the situation hits the owners in their pockets, you will hear a different tune…..

    • specialt757 on said:

      They won’t. These guys will never be on the same page at the same time because not all want the same thing…to be treated as an equal. I hate to say it, but some of the players have the same slave mentality as the owners. They really believe they are owned by the slave masters and Colin was their example of what happens when they don’t comply. Here’s the thing, when they get their N wake-up call, they will want their team of brothers to stand with them, against them.
      After all, most of these guys have been playing football since they were in the pop warner leagues. For these guys playing in the NFL is their dream come true and they don’t want to do anything to put that in jeopardy. So I get and I’m not even saying for them to do anything that will cost them their jobs, I’m simply saying, stick together, stand with one accord. I guarantee you, the rules are about to change FOREVER once this is all over, and ALL black player’s rights will be down the drain.
      Even if they’re not doing it for themselves, they should think about others coming up behind them. That’s what the athletes did during the Olympic by raising their fists, they took a stand. Others broke down barriers just so these players of today could play today. It’s not enough to be self-serving, they have an opportunity to achieve equality for everybody, which per our constitution, is our right.

  4. At some point during my high school years I chose not to STAND/Place my Hand over my Heart
    during that Pledge of Allegiance or playing of the National Anthem.

    After witnessing the brutality of my people during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s,
    I no longer had any luv for this country.

    Those same sentiments remain with me today.

    Athletes should have the choice whether they wish to stand during the NA or kneel.
    For anyone to tell them otherwise is an INSULT to the INJUSTICES faced by
    people of color every damn day of their lives in Amerykah!!!!!!!!!!

    The NFL owners are behaving like “SLAVEMASTERS”–with some very high priced
    SLAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Pamela on said:

    As a child my parents taught my siblings and I that it was “our choice” whether we wanted to stand for the pledge of allegiance or not…followed by their strong statement “if the teachers have a problem with that we will be up to the school pronto” to straighten them out! You cannot make people salute a damn inanimate object particularly when we all are not treated as equals in the USA! Peace and Blessings.

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