On Tuesday NFL executives met in Manhattan. After the meeting Jerry Jones was confronted by two activists. They accused the NFL of treating their players like “$40 million slaves.” What does that even mean?
During #TakeAKnee Sunday Jerry Jones led his entire team to take a knee at once before the national anthem. After that Jones made a public announcement that any player who does not stand for the anthem will be benched.
According to The Wall Street Journal, two dozen people from BLM New York rallied outside the hotel in support of Colin Kaepernick. Two of the activists, Linda Solitaire and Carl Dix of RefuseFascism.org were waiting on Jerry Jones to let him know how they felt.
Jerry Jones confronted by protesters.
Per Daily Wire:
“You want to treat them like $40 million slaves — gladiators who are well paid to beat each other’s brains out, but have to keep their mouths shut when talking about injustice,” said one of the activists, in what sounded like a pre-scripted rant
“Look at the videos of the police getting away with murder and tell me the players are wrong to protest it and that they have no rights to do that,” he said, ignoring the rights of the NFL to determine its own rules for demonstrations — like the NBA, which bans players from protests during the anthem.
“People need to take a knee against white supremacy,” he said. “People need to stand up against you and your buddy Donald Trump and drive his whole regime out, and it begins November 4.”
Here’s an image posted by Adler of a poster featuring slave restraints one of the activists was holding:
After the meeting with the owners Goodell stated he will call for the players to stand during the anthem, but it will not be a requirement.
Goodell also falsely claimed only “six or seven” players are still protesting, which was nowhere near true.