Rev. Jesse Jackson has some very harsh comments for NFL proprietors in response to the Houston Texans proprietor Bob McNair’s “inmates” remarks.
“We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair stated amid an October meeting with NFL proprietors when they were talking about ending the protests.
Jackson stated for the Houston Chronicle that McNair’s selection of words proved that he and other NFL proprietors have a “plantation mentality.”
Due to the remarks, Jackson added that he would like the meetings to be open for the public:
“They really should make the minutes of that meeting public. I understand there were some other things said that were just as bad from other owners. They have kind of a plantation mentality. The players are objectified in some sense. Mr. McNair is a product of the South. They act like he’s a victim or misunderstood, but those players have made him a wealthy man.”
Jackson included that there must be sanctions for the Texans proprietor, stating, “Other owners heard him talk that way, and they shouldn’t condone that kind of talk.”
Amid a current interview on Fox Sports’s “Undisputed,” Jackson said that the NFL players are pretty much the same as the slaves picking cotton in the past.
“In many ways, it is oppression,” he stated. “To go from picking cotton balls to picking footballs and basketballs without freedom is not very much progress — it’s just a lateral move.”
McNair apologized afterwards for the phrases he utilized, stating:
“I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”
In any case, the harm was irreversible. At the point when the Texans played against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday after McNair’s remarks spread out in the media, everyone except for 10 of the stars took a knee amid the anthem.