A prominent correspondent on ESPN viciously compared Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner earlier this week, following his decision to ban player protests during the performance of the national anthem.
The outrageous remarks came hours after Jones announced the team’s revised policy; requiring all players and staff to stand as the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ plays throughout the stadium.
“The word that comes to my mind, and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it, is ‘plantation,'” said ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon. “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.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was the first team owner to come out against player protests, threatening to bench players who “take a knee” during the national anthem.
“You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period,” said Jones. “We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have.”
This isn’t the first time the network finds itself in hot water. ESPN anchor Jemele Hill –who previously referred to President Trump as a white supremacist- was suspended for two weeks from the sports network for calling on viewers to boycott the Dallas Cowboys after Jones’ announcement.
Watch Wilbon’s comments: