Richard Sherman: Jerry Jones with “the old plantation mentality”

AP

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called Jerry Jones a “bully.” 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was not as kind.

“The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with the old plantation mentality,” Sherman told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “What did you expect?”

Jones declared last week that the Cowboys would require their players to stand for the national anthem “toes on the line.” The NFL since has instructed Jones to quit talking about the anthem as it negotiates a new policy with the NFLPA.

Owners voted in the offseason to allow players to stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem but requiring those on the field to stand. The league has put the policy on hold during talks with the NFLPA.

“They’re having the conversations; that’s awesome,” Sherman said. “But there are unintended consequences. If they did this [original policy] to appease people, they didn’t appease anyone. It’s like putting a Band-Aid over a broken leg.”

346 responses to “Richard Sherman: Jerry Jones with “the old plantation mentality”

  1. I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

  2. Richard Sherman should be more grateful to Jerry Jones. He has helped to increase the income of the NFL while simultaneously meddling with his team to the point where they weren’t threats to Sherman’s Seahawks.

  3. I would like to see a remake of Lethal Weapon with Richard Sherman as Riggs and Jerry Jones as Murtaugh

  4. And there’s Jerry, still wearing his hat during the anthem TODAY even after his son advises him to take it off. I mean, you’d have a hard time even making that up. There is seemingly some truth to what Sherman is getting at, but the billionaires make the rules. He knows that.

  5. Not a fan of Jerry Jones but he’s the owner. Either listen to the boss that signs the checks or get a job elsewhere. Richard needs a history lesson, the old plantation mentality certainly wasn’t to pay your employees millions.

  6. Sherman is just stuck in the “disrespecting others” mentality for those of us who believe protesting during the anthem is disrespect to our national symbol of unity.

  7. So a guy protecting his multi-billion dollar investment and looking out for his customers is now equated to a plantation owner.

    How did this guy graduate from Stanford?

  8. Jones…tool. Sherman…tool. Trump…tool. Kaepernick…tool. People on either side with closed minds who would rather win arguments than solve problems…tools.

    And so it goes.

  9. Ironically all this racist talk and false narratives about racist actually makes me feel racist. You can only cry victim so much falsely until people start to tire and become angry with these immature race baiters.

  10. Richard Sherman is way out of line with such a deplorable comment. For a Stanford guy i would expect more then a inflammatory comment for headline sake.

  11. Ahh good ol Dick Sherman. He’s got that new millennial sense of entitlement. Malcolm Jenkins calling Jerry Jones a bully. Bully isn’t the word he’s looking for. It’s BOSS. Look at who runs their teams. Sissy Liberal “men” like hollyweird producer Jeffrey Lurie and silver spoon son Jed York.

  12. Good for you Richard.There should be more players that stand up to these money hungry ,hypocritical NFL owners.The late Jerry Richardson,and Jerry Jones are the norm in that money invested league.

  13. “The old plantation mentality”

    Yawn.

    Richard Sherman should check his history books. Plantation workers didn’t make millions of dollars playing a game. More importantly, plantation workers didn’t have the option to walk away if they didn’t like how things were run.

    Stand for the Anthem. Be proud and grateful for the country you live in. If you can’t do that, move to a country that suits you better. It’s that easy.

  14. For Richard Sherman being such a well educated man, WHY would he make such a divisive statement like that?
    That statement does nothing but inflame an issue in regards to some sort of perceived underground “white power” movement in the league to make players stand for the anthem.
    I don’t particularly like Jerra either, but I hardly believe he uses “the old plantation
    mentality”when it comes to black players – He certainly pays them well for being a supposed
    plantation owner!

  15. Jerry isn’t a racist, he’s an equal opportunity ego maniac.

    Dude is a control freak that broke up what probably could have been the greatest NFL dynasty.

    He’s one of those people that would rather be 6-10 as the undisputed leader then a world champion passive owner.

  16. I’ve lost interest in all this nonsense. I can’t even imagine i’ll be watching 30% of thengames I did last year, which was just the patriots games
    And was less than half the year before

  17. I think what everyone glazes over more than anything else: This is football. Professional football, yes. But it’s still just football.

    Why are we playing the anthem, anyways? Why is the military so closely intertwined with the NFL? I’m tired of my intelligence being insulted by trying to pretend that sales targets are patriotism.

    You think anyone at the NFL genuinely cares about the troops? Or are they just looking forward to stack as much merchandise revenue as possible in November? Take out politics. Take out war. Take out the outside world. Just have two teams battle it out. With refs who embody everything that is opposite to Jeff Triplette. And just play some ball. Don’t y’all miss the purity of that?

    Sometimes these forums are like a bunch of bickering old broads – moaning over crap this isn’t even about football. Florio has made a lot of money ruining the game with useless articles like this.

    Yeah yeah I know, I’m still here.

  18. Unintended consequences… probably what they’ll one day refer to this entire decade…

  19. Pathetic. Should’ve known he or someone else would say something that idiotic. Does he think the other leagues are run by racists too, since they don’t have this issue because at least one has a rule on the anthem?

  20. So if your employer tells you to do adhere to a rule he is a slavemaster? See these comments alone make me laugh when the media state Sherman is a smart man. Finally pal standing and respecting the flag should be the norm. Sadly you will never get it.

  21. I don’t agree with people kneeling for the anthem, that doesn’t make me racist, nor does it make Jones one either. Similar to “the protests aren’t about the flag/anthem”, my dislike of the kneeling has nothing to do with whether or not I agree with the reason for protest. I just disagree with the method. There is a TON of grey area here, wish you fools would quick trying to make it black and white.

  22. Amazing that MLB, NHL, and NBA owners aren’t “plantation owners” and they don’t allow anyone to kneel, but the NFL who is the only major sports league that actually allowed this nonsense to continue are the racist villains. This is what you happens when you pander to liberal social justice warriors. Give them an inch, and they’ll take 20,000 miles and throw you under the bus.

    If you really think they are plantation owners, then QUIT! Go march, kneel, or do whatever you want. Or are you willing to sell out for money????

  23. Wow. Nice race baiting Sherman. Sad when folks have resort to such. Sherman’s an intelligent guy. Surely, he could debate the subject with substance. Pretty good sign the argument is lost when the race card gets played…..

  24. Thank God this dude is also coming to the end of his career. I heard he’s been getting burnt by Goodwin left and right at practice. Hopefully they cut him and ends up in the same boat as Kaepernick. We are sick of hearing about these punks. This country gave you guys this opportunity only with God given talent. Shut your mouth and show some respect like the rest of us who work non sports related careers.

  25. Funny, Sherman should probably be more worried about losing his starting position because he’s lost a step. Not another teams owner.

  26. I don’t like Jerry Jones but give me a break. He’s the owner of the Cowboys and can run his team however he likes. If the players aren’t able to follow rules like every other worker in this country is required to do, they are free to seek employment elsewhere if it’s so unbelievably difficult for them. So tired of NFL players whining how difficult they have it. Guys get paid millions upon millions of dollars. Owners ask them to do one simple thing so they don’t bring negative publicity to the league and they act like they are being asked to sacrifice their lives or something. Its pathetic.

  27. Sherman should worry more about the fact hes horrible and less about telling us his useless opinion

  28. It’s telling that the league refuses to hand this issue to the team owners. This could all be solved by letting teams choose for themselves. The idea of forcing a coordinated response across all teams has failed. And the owners are too chicken shoot to take responsibility for their own employees.

    The League will continue to fail at a coordinated effort because the owners all disagree on the solution. The solution is the owners taking responsibility instead of hiding behind Goodell on every controversial issue.

  29. So how does Richard Sherman explain how Jones is being a slave driver. I mean I get not liking the guy, but come on. You’re supposedly the smartest guy in the league and you say some of the dumbest things of anyone. Why don’t you shut up and play, sell out.

  30. Richard Sherman aka “I only like to do activism on my employers’s time.” I have yet to hear about these guys going out and doing actual good to combat these social injustices when they aren’t on company time. I mean why would any of these players protest and partake in social activism when they aren’t at work… I mean do you really expect their activism to cut into their personal time?

  31. Equating a job in the NFL to the “old plantation mentality” is just plain ridiculous on so many levels. But then again, what would one expect from Richard Sherman.

  32. Translation: ‘This guy has the audacity to actually tell the truth, and we’re not going to let him get away with it.’

  33. Seems very unfair for Sherman to say something like that. Just another player who is all talk and no action.

  34. Yeah…jones owns slaves…idiot. hire someone at a company and allow them to kneel in protest of America tradition for name your cause while in your company uniform. See if business is hurt. Itll be out of your pocket. But it’s your employees right. You’re dumb.

  35. So because Jerry Jones disagrees he has “the old plantation mentality” right? I mean why have meaningful discussion when we can just blindly attack a person’s character and imply he’s a racist?

  36. Oh the poor poor “slaves”. Richard Sherman has a Stanford education. He should be smart enough to avoid saying something so stupid.

  37. Just for a little perspective Jerry Jones comes from very humble begginings. His family was very poor and were employed as sharecroppers post the great depression. Now, present day he owns the most valued franchise in the world. And in the process has made a lot of men and women rich, including many black athletes, coaches and executives. It is really irresponsible of Richard Sherman to make these statemens. Not only incorrect and who Jones is but, more importantly, severely underscores the true meaning of what a ‘plantation owner’ was in this country.

  38. What does Sherman know about the plantation? Throw around those racial platitudes until they are completely void of meaning. You dont equate an owner telling his employees what to do with a southern plantation. Get out if here with that nonsense.

  39. Richard should focus his energy on trying to catch Marquise Goodwin. Shelve the social issues for a moment and try to digest how Goodwin spun you around like you were standing still.

  40. I’m so happy Jerry Jones took this stand, because it assures the Cowboys will never win another Super Bowl while he is alive…. 😂😂😂 How Bout Them Cowboys! 😁

  41. Richard Sherman is a very well-spoken young man, but he clearly suffers from misunderstanding of Mr. Jones’ position. Or he’s not verbalizing his thoughts well. “Plantation Mentality” just is an awful thing to say. Or it shows that Mr. Sherman simply has never run a business and hasn’t the faintest notion what that entails. Face it, he went to college and got a job. Very bright young man, obviously, and I’m a big fan of his, but I have to disagree with him. If people don’t like the way Mr. Jones runs his business, they can choose not to work for him, or patronize his business. Or put up their own money and start a business to compete with the Cowboys and run it as they see fit. But to use the phrase “Plantation Mentality” just makes him sound like he’s trying to compare running a football team to using slave labor. Stupid. And I’m the LAST guy to stick up for Jerruh

  42. The owners and players truly deserve each other. Meanwhile, here in Chicago, 1696 Shot 328 dead as of July 30th from illegal gun possession violence and not a peep or a passing gaze from the players or the owners, but let’s keep playing semantics about kneeling and social grievances while ignoring Murder City.

    To the owners: Let the players have their protest.

    To the players: You’ re not Martyrs, and it’s insulting listening to players recite spoon feed lines about social justice while black teenagers are being gunned down by gang fire here in Chicago. Maybe kneel to shine light on decades of senseless violence in our inner cities?

  43. ““The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with the old plantation mentality,” Sherman told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “What did you expect?””
    ———————————————

    Mr Sherman needs to run a business before he talks about others methods. I run a small business, with a union contract. I have a company performance and standards policy, approved by the union, the delineates both general and specific items that are required by the company. One of them is that the employees follow my orders when they are given. If I dispatch one of my drivers to BFE to collect a load of goats, he has two choices: do it or look for another job. I guess that makes me of a “plantation mentality.”

  44. Who’s going to tell players to put a sock in it? Freedom of speech, freedom of expression. But, don’t criticize refs or you’ll be fined. Yet, It’s okay to compare Jones to a slave owner?

  45. Yeah, that makes perfect sense because old plantation owners paid their slaves millions of dollars. Come on man…. The NFL players are employees and have a simple code of conduct to follow. However, some of the them are nothing more than gifted spoiled brats that have never had to follow any rules because they could run, catch, throw or tackle at a much high level than their peers and now they get paid money that the vast majority can only dream of.

  46. Not a fan of the Cowboys. But if the players on the team don’t have a problem with it why is Sherman so concerned about it. Worry about your own team

  47. I kinda like having Sherman in the bay. Looks pretty good in that red and gold. Whether he still has anything left is a different story, but I’m glad he’s on my team.

  48. Drama queen Sherman seems to make a good living on the plantation. You and your fellow NFLers have it pretty rough. Spoiled mouthy brat.

  49. Sherman needs to listen to Dak, who has had the most mature response from any black NFL player…if you want change, get out there and do it, kneeling does nothing.

  50. Instead, Sherman and others are trying to fleece the NFL for their cause and use kneeling as a bargaining chip. It’s all a racket and the NFL amazingly is enabling it.

  51. I hate having this man on my 49ers.

    Not a fan of Jerry, but he has empowered and made millionaires of many, many black men.

    Not what I call a “plantation mentality”

  52. Millions of dollars to play a kid’s game, and all you have to do is not be a clown for two minutes while a song plays for your customers. Oh the injustice.

  53. Of course the NFL is a plantation republic. White male billionaires who take their cue from a racist white POTUS get to watch their predominantly black subjects work their fields while curtailing said subjects’ ability to exercise free speech. You can “thumb down” now but the NFL is the most racist sports league in America. Roger Goodell…what a docile, white puppet!

  54. Now come on liberal journalists…you want Trump and his supporters to stop attacking the media?…Well do your frickin job and call these morons out…This type of propaganda is getting outta hand and we might take the media more seriously if they called it both ways!!!

  55. It pains me more than anything in the world that this guy is now on my niners. I cringe every time I see him in red. I’m seriously considering not tuning into games this year. At the very least, I will smile just a little when he gets torched for a TD.
    To liken JJ to a plantation owner because he has rules by which he wants his “employees” to follow is downright dangerous. It’s so irresponsible I can’t even find the words. This millennial generation and their “fight the power” mentality is an absolute cancer and it just needs to go away.

  56. I guarantee you there’s probably not a single real fan who actually stopped watching football over the anthem issue. And those who said they did would not be here commenting on ProFootballTalk.

  57. Communism! What’s next folks??? It’s never going to stop. Get familiar with the constitution and the “If you give a mouse a cookie” theory. Americans getting striped from their rights and a corrupted President to support it. Whats next?? Bow to the police as they pass by? Check points all over your city and you are required to show documents without probable cause? You think i’am being sarcastic but i’m very serious. Some lines just cannot be crossed at all and that includes molested rights in any way shape or form. You have a voice and can yell bad words to an American politician without being shot. This is more than just African American oppression. NFL and the Trump keep poking at this and it will get more ugly to the point of no return. Fools

  58. If a White guy said a Black had a Slave mentality or in any other way pointer out race in a negative light, He would be hung up by his Klackers, by every liberal media NAACP CNN.. Why does Racism only work one way?

  59. These out of touch players have no idea that we all work on the plantation. They just do it for a lot more money and privilege.

  60. People just need to leave this issue alone. It’s a problem as long as it keeps being talked about. I personally stand for the national anthem and its my choice and my choice alone. Forcing someone to do so is flat out Communism. Can we just get back to football please?

  61. To Sherman, Jones has a “plantation mentality”. Well, that makes Sherman racist through stereotyping, to go with a view that it is perfectly moral to disrespect everything a nation stands for in order to take a stand on a single issue. Good for him! What an upstanding, moral gentleman.

  62. Shut up Sherman. If you idiots wouldn’t have started your stupid grandstanding in the first place there would be no mess to clean up. And its race baiters like you who keep bringing up dumb terms like the “plantation” to keep the pot nice and stirred. There are 52 Sundays in a year but you only seem concerned about “social injustice” on 16 of them. I’ve never thought that anyone was trying to disrespect the flag or our veterans but this stance has been misguided since Kaepernick took his first knee. The players messed this one up, not the owners. Jerry Jones is just the only one with the guts to take a stance, whether you agree with him or not. We are here to watch football, use all those other Sundays to make the world a better place if you feel the need.

  63. So in this day in age as an employer you can’t tell a minority employee what to do under your employ because it makes you a plantation owner? Give me a break this is truly getting ridiculous. Regardless of color, race or creed go to work tomorrow and protest a political issue and see what happens. These guys are truly out of control with their life of privilege.

  64. Can Richard Sherman get any more annoying? Stand for the national anthem! If u don’t like it than find another job. You do what your boss says or you get replaced. Since when have employees told their bosses what they will and won’t do?

  65. As a Vikings fan, I was sickened when Adrian Peterson compared professional football to slavery. This is no different. You are making MILLIONS to play a kids’ game. Cash your paychecks and shut up!

  66. Exhibit C: Once a money maker for the league (I bought his jersey and I’m not a Seahawks fan), turning into a cancer for the league. Keep it up Goodell, kill that golden goose further.

  67. LOL. This “old plantation” employer/employee relationship is called business Richard. The plantation’s was different in nearly all ways from his existence. But he loves the sound of his own voice, doesn’t care about disrespect to the actual “old plantation” folks, and makes his Stanford education look foolish.

  68. Equating enforcement of policy with slavery…gotcha, Richard. If you feel like getting off the plantation, it’s a whole lot easier today than it was then. No one will miss you.

  69. The NFL orders Jerry Jones to shut up. Maybe they should extend the same offer to Sherman.

  70. How about the networks just stop airing the national anthem? If you’re not there in person it doesn’t matter anyway. I doubt anyone at home takes their hat off and puts their hand over their heart.

    Don’t televise it and suddenly nobody cares or knows.

  71. Really? Throwing out the slave line? C’mon Richard… you’re smarter than that. Or at least I thought so.

  72. Professional football players or professional victims? I am sure the NFL will continue to lose ratings this season as these faux intellectuals continue talking.

    Talk about police officers who die due to dealing with dangerous people – give them some respect because without them there would be anarchy. They have what is becoming a more and more thankless job as they continue to be marginalized and demonized. There is plenty that could be brought up about race and crime statistics but that would be stating the truth and the truth hurts which is why Sherman, Jenkins, Jarvis Landry along with the media keep it brushed under the rug or make excuses.

  73. Richard, buddy, you are playing on football fans plantation, called the NFL. Get to work, stop your yapping, and don’t get hurt or they are going to put you down.

  74. I never thought I would compliment Jerry Jones on anything, but I admire him for having the guts (I had a different word in mind but I don’t want my comment deleted) to make a stand on the issue and stick with it. He owns the business, he pays his employees extravagantly, and if he wants to make a rule or two, that’s his right. (“Plantation mentality”, Richard Sherman? Are you freakin’ kidding me? You insult every African American who really did suffer the horrible injustice of slavery by uttering such a dim-witted comment.)

  75. Sherman is right. And this is because the NFL now has become a surrogate recruitment device for propaganda and nationalism. Taxpayer dollars spent for a private-sector business in the guise of sports entertainment.

  76. Here we go…it’s ok to call a white mane a “old plantation mentality” and it’s not racist but and owner (white man) refers to the “inmates running the asylum” is racist….I want AL SHARPTON NOW!!!!!

  77. Slight difference between a team owner who pays his employees millions of dollars to play a game, where the employee can choose to leave the team at will, and a plantation owner owning slaves as property for life. But then,if Sherman can’t understand that, he certainly won’t understand why many fans find players using the anthem as a protest mechanism disrespectful to those who have fallen defending this country.

  78. Sherman is a racist. Period. Calling someone a plantation owner just because they have a different opinion than your shows their true colors. And for Sherman it isnt pretty.

  79. Christ, these clowns. Plantation mentality? Jerry may not be the brightest football mind (understatement) but he treats his players well. He does, however, have a right to run his business and protect a certain image to his brand. Which includes the right not to have his employees embarrass the Cowboys by disrespecting the anthem/flag. You can argue all you want whether the practice is in fact disrespectful, but let’s just say plenty of us (including non-white immigrants like me) think it’s a petulant farce.

    Props to Jerry for not caving into this laughably shallow “wokeness”. You may make some terrible football decisions, but as an American, thank you for standing up.

  80. Add the owner of the Houston Texans as people with a plantation mentality, with statements like letting the prisoners run the prison. These owners treat their players like well paid slaves.

  81. Because when all else fails, play THAT card. Man I’m so sick of it always being about that.

  82. Preach, Sherman. All the people commenting “I have to listen to what my boss says! Protest on your own time! Derp derp derp!” The athletes ARE the product, they make the league. Without Sherman, Brady, the kneelers and non kneelers there is no league, there is no NFL. We dont watch the owners, we dont care about the owners. This labor force is in a unique situation from the average worker. They are bringing attention to a problem that is hard to address and is very real for a segment of the population that white people are not used to listening to. If you watch football, listen.

  83. Boo Hoo Sherman. I dont see you out on the front lines in the Ghetto getting people out of their houses, teaching them to read and write, assisting with job applications, teaching them to get along with people, teaching them to treat other people and their property with respect etc. When you meet that criteria, than maybe I will listen to your complaints.

  84. Well, see, difference is, he’s paying them. And he is free to set conditions for employment within his business. Might be unfair, but calling him a plantation owner is kind of unfair. I mean, Sherman did not pick those words because the argument was logically sound, he picked them because they were inflammatory and he wanted to be insulting.

    I mean, what’s the difference between Sherman calling Jones a plantation owner and Trump calling a kneeler a traitor? Neither are true, they’re just meant to be insulting and simplify the issue.

  85. As more and more people turn away from the NFL because of this it’s only going to cost them in the pocketbook come next TV contract time ~ This has grown old ~ They want to b!tch but you never see them out doing anything ~ This is more of a MeToo kind of movement ~ Like in Look At Me Too ~ See what I’m doing ~
    These fools had the whole offseason to be doing all kinds of good things ~ Did we see or hear from any of them ~ Nope ~ Nothing like a good old public crying I guess ~

  86. There is nobody alive with memory or connection to the old plantation mentality. It’s a disservice to those that went through those terrible times to make that comparison by verbally reversing the progress that has been made. Life and opportunity is actually very good in this country. Don’t think so? Well then it’s obvious you haven’t traveled.

  87. He forgot to mention Dak, who hit it right on the head. Americans are tired of this crap getting in the way of a great sport. I would rather people shut up and stay in the locker room, and think about their audience, the fans.

  88. Jerry Jones may be filthy rich, but he’s still a clueless old white guy when it comes to matters of social justice. Forcing the players to stand plays right into Trump’s hands–and Trump is simply trying to destroy the NFL out of spite. He’s still angry because he was rejected as an owner, and he’s seeking revenge. In any case, Richard Sherman–who is always controversial–is right about this.

  89. Sherman has no idea what a plantation mentality is. Last I checked he’s a multi-million dollar NFL player, not a slave. Past time for him to leave the NFL.

  90. Why does the media keep this storyline going? Give it a rest! Nobody cares what these players think about Jerry Jones! I want to read about actual football.

  91. “The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with the old plantation mentality,” Sherman told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “What did you expect?”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    A black multi-millionaire talking about being a slave.

    Right.

    Shut it, Mr. Sherman. You went to Stanford; I thought you were supposed to be smart, not a drama queen.

    Unbelievable. Rules do not make everything a plantation, Mr. Sherman. Own a team of your own and I guarantee you will have rules and a code of conduct in place. You can demand everyone moons the flag if you want.

    Who needs coffee to get their heart racing in the morning? Just go to PFT and get riled up like a 5K.

  92. I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem? >>

    Yes. It’s not uncommon at all to expect any person of any nation to show respect for another nation’s anthem, particular when you are currently occupying space in that nation.

  93. Yeah Dick, nothing says slave owner like handing out multi-million dollar contracts. You people, and before you have to spend the day untwisting your knickers I mean jackholes not blacks, are really something. Are the white players slaves as well or are they also “house people”?

  94. How many players would be millionaires if

    football didn’t happen. Protest with 5% of your

    pay and then donate to a school system to feed the

    kids.

  95. ya know, i was beginning to wonder if this protest business had strayed from its original intent…
    … it’s obvious now this has nothing to do with ‘social injustice’. At this point, it’s all about a bunch of ybm who are taking this personal and just don’t want to do what the rich old men tell them to do.
    Tell them they ‘must protest’ and they’ll all start standing tomorrow.

  96. I have hated Sherman’s trash talk for years being a 9er fan…but that was because he backed it up an beat us.

    But he was doing a basic interview. And he is pretty spot on about Jerry. Not sure how this is being a loudmouth. If the owners or fans want this to go away. Stop pushing back. Its only going to make more kneel.

    Dak: Tell’em about the kneel line boss!

  97. Why is it okay for Richard Sherman to call Jerry Jones that but if the roles were reversed, the media and naacp would be calling for Jones’ head? Always wondered about that and African Americans calling other African Americans the n word and it’s a okay… Strange to me…

  98. They do it all the time in other sports. For example, there are lots of Canadians and Europeans in the NBA and NHL. There are lots of Hispanic and Asian players in MLB.

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    biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

  99. Exchange the football for a sack of cotton and Sherman is 100% right in how he assesses Mr.Jones. But Jerry is a good plantation owner and his workers are family. Just ask Dez Bryant once the best dam cotton picker on the plantation.

  100. Coming from Sherman who is a multi-millionaire because of people like jones. that is pretty rich. I am sure Sherman has never been on a plantation let alone opened a book about the history of them. He is far removed from such conversations. ALSO, JONES is old school and wants his players. That he pays and has a contract with, to follow HIS company policy. Do not like it? Retire. Quit. But most of all be quiet.

  101. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

    ——

    Yes. It happens all of the time during international competitions (as well as when the NFL plays in England). I take it you didn’t watch any of the World Cup or Olympics or you would have noticed athletes standing “straight up” while other anthems were played. It’s a sign of respect for the place where you are playing and/or the team you are playing against.

  102. So sick of this anthem BS already, has anything actually been achieved other than useless talk? Please, someone list what has been achieved other than an enormous loss of money for the nfl which by the way hurts the players as they get rev sharing, dopes.

  103. “stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?”

    Stand straight up and be respectful – think NHL games when the Canadian anthem is played, or World Cup games

  104. Plantation owners were not writing million dollar checks to their workers. Seems we got a lot of folks that like to ignore that key difference. The srnse of entitlement some go,s have is just nuts.

  105. I saw this quote today…
    “It’s incredible to me, that a player can beat up a woman and play for the Dallas Cowboys, a player can use illegal drugs time and time again and still play, but you take a knee to protest the racial injustice in America and now you’ve crossed a line that he [Jerry Jones] will not allow.” – Dale Hansen

  106. “I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem”
    ummmm you do what players have always done, you stand in respect for whatever nations anthem is being played. Maybe you haven’t watched too much hockey but for a lot of the games both the Canadian and the American anthems are played and players stand in respect of both. What do you think the American players sat while they played the Canadian anthem and vise versa….

  107. “But there are unintended consequences. If they did this [original policy] to appease people, they didn’t appease anyone. It’s like putting a Band-Aid over a broken leg.”

    Dick you’re correct it didn’t which is why I will continue to not watch or buy anything NFL related until the league stops letting this nonsense go on,I understand the players but that isn’t the time or place do it outside the stadium on your time, not at work!

  108. Can Sherman just shut up? I mean Jones needs to shut up too. Seriously Sherman loves that microphone in his face. Idea for nightmare TV show, Richard Sherman and Stephen A Smith discuss the world at length……

  109. biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

    ————-

    Canadians stand for the US national anthem. It happens at most NHL and MLB games. Out of respect you would never sit.

  110. Wrong Mr. Sherman. I don’t remember plantation owners paying their employees MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars or allowing them to leave to work on another plantation for even MORE MILLIONS and MORE MILLIONS of dollars if they didn’t like the old plantation. It seems you enjoy being an employee of the planation owner when he’s handing out checks, but bitch when he sets up rules of employment. You’re time’s up Richard.

  111. Plantation mentality?? So slaves were paid millions of dollars pre-Civil War era by plantation owners? Oh wait…they don’t even correlate. Way to help bridge the racial gap Sherman…idiot.

  112. biancaneri says:

    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?
    ——————————————————————-
    So you want this country to change it’s national anthem protocol because one player is from another country????

    Get real! LMAO

    I’m sure the CFL plays Oh Canada before their games even though many players are American.

  113. Yea…billionaires arguing with millionaires is certainly a “plantation mentality”. C’mon, Dick…you’re supposed to be smarter than this.

  114. So if you don’t want your employees to protest the national anthem on national television you have an “old plantation mentality”. Sherman is a racist.

  115. Not that Richard or anyone else in this country today has the slightest idea what life was like on a plantation.

    What’s funny is you ALWAYS hear how smart Dick is and that he graduated from Stanford and what a brilliant brain he has. Don’t be fooled people. The dude graduated with a “Communications” degree lololol the easiest degree to achieve in any school. Weak.

  116. One on hand, Sherman’s comment will be heard, only because Jones fits the part: Ultra conservative, filthy rich southern white dude. If anyone tends to be racist, those are often some of the intangibles. Papa John showed his colors recently.

    On the other hand, Sherman has his own reputation to worry about, and when it comes to running his mouth, it’s not good.

  117. biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

    ———-

    Good question with an easy answer. After first disrespecting the American anthem, what did Marshawn Lynch do when he was on foreign soil? He stood quietly and respectfully.

  118. Ummm, where’s the outrage (or at least concern) over Sherman’s racist statement? Whichever side of the anthem debate one may fall on, the “plantation owner” swipe is part of the rhetoric that contributes to the very divide in the country that these players are protesting.

    Sherman’s not the first person to use poorly worded phrasing to try to get a point across, but if he really wants to be part of the solution, his message shouldn’t be part of the problem.

  119. PFT almost went 12 hours without mentioning this story. You guys should interview all the stadium janitors next and see what they think.

  120. Poor ole dumb Sherman. He knows as much as I do about a “Plantation” owner. It is really sad/funny that people talk like they lived during this time. In reality Sherman knows no more about that subject then anyone that did not live it. Stop trying to act like you are the one that knows how it was back then.

  121. another ghetto bum with a bad personality. Go back to hunting lions in africa. Take your prostate mother and drug dealing dad with you.

  122. the “victim” cry’s out again. how does it feel to work on the 49’s “Plantation” ?

  123. These players seem like they want the league to fail.. Fans are sick of it and boycotting. Will only get worse.

  124. The reason I won’t be watching football is because I don’t like circuses. I turn the TV on Sunday to watch football. While I feel people have the right, it just isn’t the place for a protest. Do it on your own time.

  125. So Jerry is the plantation owner and his players are the slaves? Sherman is seriously comparing the NFL to slavery? If the league can tell Jerry to shut up, why can’t they tell Sherman and Jenkins to shut up?

  126. biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?
    *********************************************************************
    They should stand out of RESPECT to the American national anthem.

    You really didn’t know that???

  127. Or it could be just that you do not like what his opinion is…..

    Richard……Hire Garagos and waste some of your money……Please…..

  128. biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

    Watch the NHL and you’ll see what they “should” do.

  129. “I wish he would just shut up!” What? Where ae all the flag waving, 1st amendment, strict Constructionists now? Freedom of speech! It applies for all speech. Not just when you like it!

  130. Last time I read the history books the people that worked on plantations didn’t get paid millions like NFL players. Just play football.

  131. biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem.

    Considering the significant percentage of Latin and Asian players, MLB doesn’t seem to have this problem.

  132. Sherman scored a 22 on his first ACT exam

    Sherman then scored a 31 on his 2nd ACT exam = BS

    Minimum at Stanford is a score of 27 to be accepted

  133. comparing things like this is absolutely disgusting….I was at the Gettysburg museum recently and saw an auction program listing human beings to be auctioned off…to compare these players to those who were forced to work and beaten and NFL owners to slave traders is not only ignorant it is absolutely disgusting and a slight to those people who suffered through that ugly time in American history…statements like these are exactly why there is no end in sight to this issue…people would rather use rhetoric and baseless claims of racism than actual intelligent conversation

  134. cardinealsfan20 says:
    There’s going to be some old, fat, white commenters who are offended by that remark.

    — Offended? Nah. But slightly amused by yours.

  135. Really so your boss has a set of policies in his work place. And you don’t want to follow them so it’s a race thing. Welcome to the new America. NFL is sinking fast.

  136. When will people band together against this kind of talk? Why is it tcalling a white guy a plantation owner and a cracker is just fine?
    There isn’t one white guy who alive who even was alive during those times yet the hate towards white people is permitted.
    This is unacceptable hate speak

  137. Everyone went insane because Trump called kneelers SOBs….. This is worse. Comparing an owner to being basically a slave master. He should be fined and the media should call him out. But he won’t be.

  138. expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

    92 293 Rate This

    I can’t believe you function in every day life. Have you ever seen a hockey game? You don’t see Russians leave the ice during the anthem.

  139. You tell them Sherm. Slaves in the house ate better than slaves in the field, but they were still slaves.

    Slaves didn’t earn millions of dollars and get to choose where they wanted to live when their contract was up

  140. wish he would just shut up!” What? Where ae all the flag waving, 1st amendment, strict Constructionists now? Freedom of speech! It applies for all speech. Not just when you like it!

    It actually doesn’t apply to all speech but thanks

  141. cardinealsfan20 says:
    There’s going to be some old, fat, white commenters who are offended by that remark.

    ——————-
    Maybe. But there are also some young thin African Americans that will be embarassed by it too.

  142. onebuffalove716 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:33 am
    You tell them Sherm. Slaves in the house ate better than slaves in the field, but they were still slaves.
    Slaves didn’t earn millions of dollars and get to choose where they wanted to live when their contract was up

    ———————————————————————————-
    But they still slaves in everyday society!! Watch the news! See whose getting police called on them for doing everyday “normal” activities afforded to some but not all obviously……cookout in the park, cops call…..going to a swimming pool, cops called, going into your own house…Oh 911, there is a large blk man breaking into a house….but he’s rich and owns the house!! Ving Rhames!!

  143. rexachss says:
    July 31, 2018 at 7:33 am
    I bet the folks spending money on concessions during the Anthem get a pass!!!
    ——————————————————————————-
    It’s a fair point to discuss. However, the difference is fans are not NFL employees held to NFL or team policy as employees – players are. For example, McDonald’s customers are not required to wear a McDonald’s uniform when they visit the restaurant, but employees probably are. But again, it’s a fair point to say everyone should show respect for the nation they’re in.

  144. Sherman is bright, talented and well-educated. He’s also a loudmouth a$$ and a racist. He just called the owner of the league’s most valuable team (financially) a plantation owner. How is that not conduct detrimental to the league?

  145. It’s shocking that one of the more recognizable faces in the league isn’t lambasted for saying something like this.

    It really feels like there is a double standard of what is racist, and what isn’t.

    For Sherman to call Jones a racist because he has a different stance on the anthem challenge does not contribute to the conversation or the resolution of the issue.

  146. What I find troubling here is that its OK for African American players to refer to a white owner as a “plantation owner” (inferring to owning slaves) without being chastised or fined. But if a white person, regardless of stature, even remotely says something that is taken as racist are persecuted to the point that they lose their jobs or worse, their franchise??? First off, I have struggled with this whole kneeling during the national anthem, I personally wouldn’t do it, but that’s me. I understand and realize there is racism and social injustice in our country, but its not solely a black and white issue. Raising awareness is the right thing to do, and I think they’ve done that, Obviously were still talking about it. but the focus and message have been lost, we’re now focused on taking a knee and not social injustices. STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! Man I am tired of hearing about it, I just want to see football and talk about football.

  147. Richard Sherman: Jerry Jones with “the old plantation mentality”

    vs.

    NFL Fans: Richard Sherman with “the old oppressed millionaires mentality”

  148. This is the only part of Sherm I definitely won’t miss on the Hawks. The only thing he loves more than football (and more recently cryptocurrency) is the sound of his own voice. He just can’t stop.

  149. Majority of you commenting just can’t stand a black man making millions of dollars speak his mind. It’s absurd that he has anything to say, right??
    “Just shut & play football” LOL Typical response.
    Good on you Sherm!!! GO NINERS!!!

  150. theright0pinion says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm
    My boss expects me to act a certain way at work also… he must be a racist too.

    You’re not in a union, moron. The players are. They strike or refuse to play, which is their collective choice, owners lose $$$, too….big money.

  151. dilbio50 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:06 am
    theright0pinion says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm
    My boss expects me to act a certain way at work also… he must be a racist too.

    You’re not in a union, moron.
    _________
    How do you know he’s not, moron?

  152. I just want to watch football. No politics! It’s my 3 hrs to escape the world I live in. They are both doing it. Some players and some owners are using their massive egos to stage this conflict. It’s not just the owners and players that lie! It’s the one’s that talk about the politics that lie too.

    Everyone needs to stay out of it so we can watch our favorite team play. #stopdividing_us

  153. biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

    ———————————————————————–

    YES. I certainly hope you don’t tarnish America if you visit another country and disrespect their anthem.

  154. Calling others “racists” is all the rage on the Left today. It means they don’t really have much else of substance to hang their hats

  155. What escapes me in all this is that everyone from D. Smith to the players don’t know that first amendment rights DO NOT APPLY in this scenario (private employment). The Owners can insist that their employees stand for the anthem. There is NO right to assemble or protest ANYTHING while on the job. The players are sending an insidious message to a large portion of the team, fan and sponsor population, which is detrimental to the game. The “message” has different meanings to different people (sure some are on the side of players who protest but only some). Stand up and communicate your message in a different forum where you can be clear and concise as opposed to confusing and angering some very important people who pay your very generous salaries.

  156. NFL players aren’t slaves, they are 100% free to ply their craft in any other football league in the world. Proverbs 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is the slave to the lender. the real slaves are the people working and in debt, who spend their spare time watching football to escape the reality… that they are slaves to debt.

  157. “But again, it’s a fair point to say everyone should show respect for the nation they’re in.”

    Really? Should women living in middle eastern countries show respect? Should Japanese Americans in the 1940s show respect? How about Native Americans and Canadians, should they show respect?

    Jerry Jones deserves no respect from any football player, he acts completely out of self interest. The entire professional sports racket is a con job in which individuals enrich themselves by pretending they somehow represent the interest of a city or region. They are con men, and nothing more.

  158. Seriously, people are disinterested in the NFL because players want to express themselves? Not sure how that is American. You know that place where the land is free and the people are brave (enough to speak out). Oops, unless you have something to say. He is as are all of the people born and raised in this country a “Real American” as real as it gets baby. So, those of you (and you know who you are) who’s opinions are not the same as his should…just keep talkin’ it’s your right.

  159. Absolutely zero surprise about the negative reaction on PFT, which is comprised mainly of middle aged, white, and VERY conservative men. The vast majority of PFT doesn’t even know WHY players protested in the first place. Seriously, do you even know what the issues are??? It comes as to zero surprise that the conservatives here can’t relate whatsoever to the black players or the social issues they endure.

  160. I think some of you need some clarity. Sherman didn’t call the league an actual “plantation.” He used the term “plantation mentality.” That refers to the belief that white men are always above reproach and black men should always keep their mouths shut. They shouldn’t have opinions, or thoughts, or feelings of any sort. I’m sure all of you who posted angry responses have really close black friends whom you love and respect, right? Why don’t you ask them what they think.

  161. biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?
    ———————-

    The Ravens did in London, so yes.

  162. Sherman graduated from Stanford with a 3.9 GPA. That is impressive! Has anyone who posts comments here ever applied to Stanford? How’d that work out for you? LOLOLOL

  163. There are only two solutions to this anthem nonsense.

    1. Leave the players in the locker room during the singing of the national anthem, like they used to do.

    2. Make every player stand at attention, on the field, during the singing of the national anthem.

    If the NFL had a competent commissioner, this would have been decided a couple of years ago.

  164. Standing for the anthem is simply too much to ask. We get it.
    And really, does every dispute between an A-A athlete and a white owner have to reference conditions from 150 years ago? The “we’re repressed like slaves” thing is so routinely and cavalierly thrown around nowadays that whatever impact they’re hoping for has been diluted.

  165. I’m against this thing about athletes being forced to pay homage to the anthem while fans dont. But I will meet those loud voices half way if the concession stands close, hats are are off, every hand is over his heart and there is no beer drinking, no money being taking in the parking lot, the announcers go silent. As trump’s official fixer I would buy in to any policy but until then NFL STOP TAKING MONEY FROM THE ARM SERVICES. WE ALL SHOULD PRESSURE THE GOVERNMENT TO DO AWAY WITH ALL THE RED TAPE INVOLVED WITH VETERENS GETTING HOUSING, MENTAL AND MEDICAL CARE. LETS GO IM READY

  166. youngnoizecom says:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:07 am
    There’s a book called the $40 million Slave. Validates Sherman’s point and tells you everything you need to know.

    So what, it’s a book about Roger Goodell? Mazel Tov, you found a book that agrees with your POV.

    I’m sure it’s not difficult to find a book that tells the other side of the story but I’m reasonably certain you’d file it under R.

  167. It seems to me that there are more effective ways to bring awareness to an issue than to rest on one knee for 3 minutes a week, for 16 weeks.

  168. all of you saying “well he is the boss you have to obey” don’t get how it works. The players are in a union, until recently(and is still being contested) there is not rule saying that you have to stand for the anthem. All of you folks that work in other unions should get this. If your boss comes in and says to do something that is not in the union contract you go to your union rep and things get sorted out. This is the reason unions are around. Also, how does living in FREE country and HAVING to stand for the anthem go together? standing for the anthem is not in a pro football players job description.

  169. Dave Terry says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:17 pm
    Ironically all this racist talk and false narratives about racist actually makes me feel racist. You can only cry victim so much falsely until people start to tire and become angry with these immature race baiters.
    ——————
    The Ultimate Deception…….right here.

    What came first? The chicken or the egg?

  170. lambrewski3 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:50 am

    What I find troubling here is that its OK for African American players to refer to a white owner as a “plantation owner” (inferring to owning slaves) without being chastised or fined. But if a white person, regardless of stature, even remotely says something that is taken as racist are persecuted to the point that they lose their jobs or worse, their franchise???
    ——————–

    Remember the moral outrage and pearl clutching that went on after Bob McNair said “We can’t have the inmates running the prison”?

  171. PFT’s demographics are overwhelmingly white males, over 40, middle management at their peak but likely mom’s basement dwellers in or around West Virginia.

    I mean, just look at the comments.

  172. whoismikejones13 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I just want to watch football.
    ——————

    Then watch it. The kneeling takes place before the game starts, so just tune in at the kickoff, if they still have one.

  173. They shouldn’t have opinions, or thoughts, or feelings of any sort.
    ————————————————-
    Absurd. Truly absurd. Who is inhibiting any athlete from speaking his mind about issues that’re important to them? Asking an employee to not bring his politics to work? Not unreasonable and in fact these owners have offered alternatives that would allow them to voice their opinions about perceived social injustices.
    And BTW it’s not just 32 white owners that’re the crux of this issue; 50% of the country (minimum) disagrees and doesn’t look at standing for the national anthem as some immense sacrifice. Plenty of ways for them to express their views.
    So again, who specifically is inhibiting them? I actually think staying in the locker room during the anthem is an acceptable alternative. Allows athletes to express their concerns without directly disrespecting the flag; something that’s evidently important to much of the fan base.

  174. mmack66 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:13 am
    lambrewski3 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:50 am

    What I find troubling here is that its OK for African American players to refer to a white owner as a “plantation owner” (inferring to owning slaves) without being chastised or fined. But if a white person, regardless of stature, even remotely says something that is taken as racist are persecuted to the point that they lose their jobs or worse, their franchise???
    ——————–

    Remember the moral outrage and pearl clutching that went on after Bob McNair said “We can’t have the inmates running the prison”?
    ———————
    Sherman said “Plantation Mentality” he didn’t call Jones a plantation owner.McNair called the players inmates.

    #stpodeflecting

  175. alanhaysgrant says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:53 am
    I think some of you need some clarity. Sherman didn’t call the league an actual “plantation.” He used the term “plantation mentality.” That refers to the belief that white men are always above reproach and black men should always keep their mouths shut.

    So explain 4 games suspended and a phony deflation scheme when Brady spoke his mind about reading a rule book. Every now and then, the black person is actually in the wrong you know. You can’t excuse all black behavior by shouting slavery, racism, plantation etc. But riddle me this, what on earth do you guys do when both sides of an issue involve black players? Blame the nearest white guy?

    #itsaboutculturenotcolor

  176. dcpatfan says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:12 am
    Dave Terry says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:17 pm
    Ironically all this racist talk and false narratives about racist actually makes me feel racist. You can only cry victim so much falsely until people start to tire and become angry with these immature race baiters.
    ——————
    The Ultimate Deception…….right here.

    What came first? The chicken or the egg?

    If you really knew your history you’d understand that the first slave owners were also the first people. They also sold those slaves to Europeans to be brought to America. What, you thought whites invented slavery?

  177. youngnoizecom says:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:07 am

    There’s a book called the $40 million Slave. Validates Sherman’s point and tells you everything you need to know.
    ———————–

    Anyone that attempts to associate black professional athletes with slaves is a complete idiot. Anyone that agrees with that association is even more of an idiot.

  178. dcpatfan says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:26 am
    mmack66 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:13 am
    lambrewski3 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:50 am

    What I find troubling here is that its OK for African American players to refer to a white owner as a “plantation owner” (inferring to owning slaves) without being chastised or fined. But if a white person, regardless of stature, even remotely says something that is taken as racist are persecuted to the point that they lose their jobs or worse, their franchise???
    ——————–

    Remember the moral outrage and pearl clutching that went on after Bob McNair said “We can’t have the inmates running the prison”?
    ———————
    Sherman said “Plantation Mentality” he didn’t call Jones a plantation owner.McNair called the players inmates.

    #stpodeflecting

    That is known as a distinction without a difference, oh yeah, and deflecting.
    #hypocrite

  179. Has anyone asked if there are any players who WANT to kneel on the Cowboys and are being kept from doing so? Guess not. Because if the answer was “no” that would negate all the boo-hooing, arguing, false claims of racism (by Sherman), and keeping people divided. Jones led his team in kneeling with all the coaches last year, and they did it on the middle of the field, to express unity and support. Knelt with them while they were arm in arm? Shouldn’t that be enough?
    Is making the team dress in suits when they travel oppression? How about curfews? They are grown men for chrissake? Might as well lock them up in cages or pens if you require a curfew, denying them basic freedoms! See how many of you are thinking? Good lord, who raised you people?!?!? Supporting the causes and not making a fuss during the anthem are NOT mutually exclusive, except to those who hammer away on boards like this one…..

  180. dcpatfan says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Sherman said “Plantation Mentality” he didn’t call Jones a plantation owner.McNair called the players inmates.
    —————–

    McNair was referring to Goodell and his gang that can’t shoot straight.

  181. the socialist sports media, of which I’m an outlier, is getting really discouraging. I am pretty much the only sports reporter who doesn’t care about politics. That’s a bad look for all of us. Dan Patrick is annoying lately.

  182. @itsalwaysaboutyou

    I know my history.

    Do you know yours? And if you do what are you prepared to do NOW to seek forgiveness?

  183. how is dick Sherman and lebron still employed. any white person would be fired suspended or destroyed in the media. describe racism again to me because both of their statements sound kind of racist to me.

  184. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Sherman graduated from Stanford with a 3.9 GPA. That is impressive! Has anyone who posts comments here ever applied to Stanford? How’d that work out for you? LOLOLOL

    Sherman did not get into Stanford based on academics…

  185. biancaneri says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?
    ———————————————————-

    Yes.

  186. marcsasharc says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:15 am
    PFT’s demographics are overwhelmingly white males, over 40, middle management at their peak but likely mom’s basement dwellers in or around West Virginia.

    I mean, just look at the comments.
    —————————————–

    You’re joking right? RIGHT?
    Every article is some snowflake drivel. And every article has 100 comments from the “metoo” crowd.

    Sure there are plenty of hardline conservative folks on here.
    But the crybaby victims far outnumber the reasonable… regardless of age, skin color, or political affiliation

  187. trump trash cultist supporters, it has nothing to do with the fake patriotism the players are forced to do before the games that started in 2008. you have been played by the traitor in the white house

  188. Sherman should stop using term plantation owner when Dick is owned by DeMaurice Smith. Just clowns to entertain De. Sherm was turned out by his so-called employee. Complete fool.

    PS: Don’t encourage JJ to apply his undivided attention on him.

  189. saulg2 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:50 am
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Sherman graduated from Stanford with a 3.9 GPA. That is impressive! Has anyone who posts comments here ever applied to Stanford? How’d that work out for you? LOLOLOL

    Sherman did not get into Stanford based on academics…
    —————————————–

    Sherman qualified academically at Stanford. He was accepted at Stanford. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA. Why does that upset you so? Guess how many NFL players come from Stanford.

  190. youdontmeimjack says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:41 pm
    Thank God this dude is also coming to the end of his career. I heard he’s been getting burnt by Goodwin left and right at practice. Hopefully they cut him and ends up in the same boat as Kaepernick. We are sick of hearing about these punks. This country gave you guys this opportunity only with God given talent. Shut your mouth and show some respect like the rest of us who work non sports related careers.


    For a second there, I thought you meant Godwin’s law. Except the key word in that is Hitler.
    Hitler and racist never get old.

    Wiki:
    American attorney and author Mike Godwin coined his eponymous law on Usenet in 1990
    Godwin’s law (or Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies)[1][2] is an internet adage asserting that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1”;[2][3] that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Adolf Hitler or his deeds. Promulgated by the American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990,[2] Godwin’s law originally referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions.[4] It is now applied to any threaded online discussion, such as Internet forums, chat rooms, and comment threads, as well as to speeches, articles, and other rhetoric[5][6] where reductio ad Hitlerum occurs.

  191. Sherman probably heard ESPN’s Micheal Wilbon say multiple times on PTI that ALL the NFL owners have this “plantation mentality.” He may as well go ahead and echo Barkley by saying he hates white people. Odd how some people can use any racial epitaph they want without any repercussion, while others would and have lost their career.

  192. biancaneri says:

    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

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    Who cares if they are un-American. THey are living and working in America. You should be respectful for whatever country you choose to work in, live in.

  193. granadafan says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:53 am
    Absolutely zero surprise about the negative reaction on PFT, which is comprised mainly of middle aged, white, and VERY conservative men. The vast majority of PFT doesn’t even know WHY players protested in the first place. Seriously, do you even know what the issues are??? It comes as to zero surprise that the conservatives here can’t relate whatsoever to the black players or the social issues they endure.
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    EXACTLY…if this is supposed to bring awareness to a specific issue…it isn’t..it is overshadowed by the timing of the protest

  194. ajzinnecker says:
    July 31, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    biancaneri says:

    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

    ——————–

    Who cares if they are un-American. THey are living and working in America. You should be respectful for whatever country you choose to work in, live in.

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    I guess you don’t watch much hockey or F1 auto racing. F1 will be in Austin TX this fall. Teams and drivers from all over the world. They all respect the country they are in. US, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, Bahrain, Brazil, Germany, China, Belgium, France, England, Spain, Hungary, Mexico, Monaco, Canada, Australia, Italy, Austria, Azerbaijan.

    The song from each country is played and they show their respect (or at most – hide their contempt). With that many countries and that many varying political systems, someone is going to not be happy standing up, but they do.

  195. footballpat says: July 30, 2018 at 11:02 pm
    I guarantee you there’s probably not a single real fan who actually stopped watching football over the anthem issue. And those who said they did would not be here commenting on ProFootballTalk.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but not 1 game last year and no interest this year, but I’ll keep commenting.

  196. dcpatfan says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:42 am
    @itsalwaysaboutyou

    I know my history.

    Do you know yours? And if you do what are you prepared to do NOW to seek forgiveness?

    Clearly you do not. You’ve picked up at a place in history that’s convenient to your point rather than the actual starting point but about this forgiveness, now we’re getting to it. Why on earth would anyone need to seek forgiveness for something that was started and encouraged by Africans? Time you started owning this. Tired of being blamed for things done by people long ago deceased. But good to know you judge by skin color. The true heart of racism, discrimination and prejudice. You’re an opportunistic fraud.

  197. When Jerry played college football there was no blacks on the team nor did they play any black teams. Racism still thrives in the South.

  198. I actually applaud the players that want to do something good for their communities. That said, when they are the ones that decide they want to do it a certain way (sit/kneel/otherwise demonstrate during anthem) about what they want to demonstrate about (police brutality/oppression/Trump depending on who is explaining) without first bringing it up with the owners, who is actually the bully here? Who is the group of people that didn’t “collectively bargain” this??

    They just did whatever and are now throwing a hissy fit when there is pushback. Maybe thats why some of them are unsigned. Complete and blatant disrespect to people who pay them might be the reason. Maybe Kap or Reid or anyone should have said hey coach, GM, owner- this is really important to me, can we find a way for me to publicize this issue? Instead they just do whatever they want and get mad when people don’t like it.

  199. Sherman is right. Jerry Jones is an old school plantation owner type of guy. He doesn’t care if his players use drugs, or even attempt to kill each other (Michael Irvin), but everyone stand for the national anthem. Zieg hile!

  200. rexachss says:
    July 31, 2018 at 7:33 am
    I bet the folks spending money on concessions during the Anthem get a pass!!!
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    It’s a fair point to discuss. However, the difference is fans are not NFL employees held to NFL or team policy as employees – players are. For example, McDonald’s customers are not required to wear a McDonald’s uniform when they visit the restaurant, but employees probably are. But again, it’s a fair point to say everyone should show respect for the nation they’re in.

    fofrenchy says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:40 am
    “But again, it’s a fair point to say everyone should show respect for the nation they’re in.”

    Really? Should women living in middle eastern countries show respect? Should Japanese Americans in the 1940s show respect? How about Native Americans and Canadians, should they show respect?

    Jerry Jones deserves no respect from any football player, he acts completely out of self interest. The entire professional sports racket is a con job in which individuals enrich themselves by pretending they somehow represent the interest of a city or region. They are con men, and nothing more.
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    We were talking about the United States National Anthem. Not the other places you mentioned. You changed the subject. Stay on point please. Do you have pride in your home team, your local school, your neighborhood, city, etc? Do you sing their fight songs or support their parades and events? Of course you do. That’s all I meant, clearly. You can stand, sit, crouch, scratch your butt, pick your nose, or sleep for all I care. But let’s be one people and have pride in where we both live today at this moment.

  201. People like Sherman and Bennett have the new plantation mentality. They don’t care about equality or anything. They simply want to take everything over out of revenge for something their own people sold them into.

  202. jondough510 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:11 am

    all of you saying “well he is the boss you have to obey” don’t get how it works. The players are in a union, until recently(and is still being contested) there is not rule saying that you have to stand for the anthem. All of you folks that work in other unions should get this. If your boss comes in and says to do something that is not in the union contract you go to your union rep and things get sorted out. This is the reason unions are around. Also, how does living in FREE country and HAVING to stand for the anthem go together? standing for the anthem is not in a pro football players job description.
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    The NFL can easily clarify the existing rule in the game operations manual regarding the national anthem and state that all of the players will be on the field and must stand at attention during the singing of the nation anthem. Problem solved. The CBA has nothing to do with it.

  203. I am still waiting for one of these guys to take a knee ANYWHERE except their workplace. Maybe at their kids high school game or better yet the front row of an NBA game where they are not so insulted from the general public. They say they want to be an activist to bring change by making people feel uncomfortable, but they refuse to make any sacrifice for their “cause” and willingly put themselves in an uncomfortable place.

  204. biancaneri says:

    July 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I wish someone would ask Jerry Jones what he expects non-American players to do during the anthem. I mean, the Cowboys have non-American players – their long-snapper, Louis-Phillipe Ladouceur is French-Canadian, for example. Are they expected to remove their hats (the part Jerry forgets), stand straight up and place their hand over their hearts for another nation’s national anthem?

    ______________________________________

    I guess you have never seen the medal ceremonies at the Olympics…

  205. Sherman you’re an employee and paid to do your job..

    You job doesn’t include protesting…

    Shut your mouth and play the game, or retire..

  206. zippernecksays says:
    July 31, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    footballpat says: July 30, 2018 at 11:02 pm
    I guarantee you there’s probably not a single real fan who actually stopped watching football over the anthem issue. And those who said they did would not be here commenting on ProFootballTalk.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but not 1 game last year and no interest this year, but I’ll keep commenting.

    —-
    Same here. I watched about 8 games on and off last year. I had very little interest in the Super Bowl even though “my” team was in it (I watched the 1st 1/4 and turned it off). I was hoping things would change this year and this site provides a bit of news on all that. Things did change, it got worse. 1 more year of college football to see my nephew play on TV. After he’s done, I’ll probably pull the plug on the tiers I need to see all of those games as his college is just “some place”. The only way I stay with any football in a year is if he makes the NFL (ain’t gonna happen).

  207. I’m guessing actual slaves from 200 years ago might disagree with Sherman’s take. Nobody is MAKING Sherman play football for millions of dollars. He’s free to leave any time he wants to. And based on recent video from training camp, that decision might be sooner rather than later.

  208. This, ironically, is the best way to handle it. Let the individual employer (OWNERS) make their own choice on how they want to treat their employees.
    Jerrah wants a “toe the line & stand” rule, fine.
    Johnson (Jets) wants to let players do as they wish without issue, fine.
    Ross says stand in Miami or stay in locker room, okay.

    Then you let the people back who they want & people who disagree can scream & protest each individual team rather then the NFL as a whole or other owners who may agree with their players views.

  209. dkms2k says:
    July 31, 2018 at 12:02 am
    Sherman is a simple minded fool whose first and only argument is to play the race card.

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    So in other words ….he is a Leftie

  210. As the fans turn away from the game, ARE THE PLAYERS WILLING TO TAKE PAYCUTS FOR THE ‘CAUSE’? That is the question!

  211. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    July 31, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    saulg2 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:50 am
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Sherman graduated from Stanford with a 3.9 GPA. That is impressive! Has anyone who posts comments here ever applied to Stanford? How’d that work out for you? LOLOLOL

    Sherman did not get into Stanford based on academics…
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    Sherman qualified academically at Stanford. He was accepted at Stanford. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA. Why does that upset you so? Guess how many NFL players come from Stanford.

    My oldest barely made it out of high school but in college made Deans list 3 times and graduated with a 3.7. The secret, course selection. 3.9 isn’t all that hard if you have someone managing your course load and possibly “helping” with homework. Do people really believe that Sherman has a 3.9 that’s as legit as someone who didn’t play football and went there only for academics? Now, when you tell me he has a 3.9 from MIT you’re saying something. Otherwise I don’t care which fancy college you go to. Every one of them kowtows to athletes.

  212. “bradjames33160 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:40 am
    the socialist sports media, of which I’m an outlier, is getting really discouraging. I am pretty much the only sports reporter who doesn’t care about politics. That’s a bad look for all of us. Dan Patrick is annoying lately.”
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    Where have you been? Dan Patrick has always been annoying! I’ve turned off the volume or changed channels every time he’s shown up since the first time I noticed him. The King of Sports Smarm! Well, maybe the Prince. Jim Nance will always be the King. But when you put DP together with Dungy, it’s no contest!

  213. dcpatfan says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Sherman said “Plantation Mentality” he didn’t call Jones a plantation owner.
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    Did Jones say that the black players have to stand, but the white players can do whatever they want?

  214. tylawspick6 says:
    July 30, 2018 at 9:31 pm
    truthfully, both sides have points and there is a clear middleground

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    What exactly is the players point again? Explain what justified police shootings have to do with the NFL and the national anthem? What exactly are these overpaid athletes protesting against? They have more privilege than anyone in America, even the poorest NFL player makes a yearly salary that places him in the 1%.

  215. bleedingfacemask says:
    July 31, 2018 at 1:48 am
    Texas is more cattle ranches and oil fields than plantations, but hey, it’s about the message, not the words…

    ————

    Probably has to do with the fact that while most Southern states were established (mostly in the 1700’s) Texas still belonged to Mexico and did so for roughly 60 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

    Texas didn’t become a state until 1845 and only spent 16 years in the United States before unpopularly seceding and joining the Confederate States.

    So many people lump Texas in with the Southeastern states, but as someone that’s lived across the south AND Texas, it’s just not the case. People generally are shocked the first time they arrive in Houston and see that white people only make up about 20% of the population.

  216. Statement sound racist but we aren’t allowed to mention that, after all a new year a new protest for something,

  217. I love all the Seahawks tags,bashing Sherman like they didn’t mind it when they were together. Fact is when he was with Seattle they always defended him and acted like he wasn’t that bad. Now they try to act like they didn’t support him then and like he wasn’t as bad or something. Fact is I hate Sherman I always have I don’t care he is on my team,if he makes the game wining INT to win the super bowl I still hate him. At least be true to your team either support players or don’t

  218. saulg2 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 11:50 am
    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    July 31, 2018 at 10:57 am
    Sherman graduated from Stanford with a 3.9 GPA. That is impressive! Has anyone who posts comments here ever applied to Stanford? How’d that work out for you? LOLOLOL

    Sherman did not get into Stanford based on academics…

    Actually he did.

    It’s anyone’s guess why you find this so hard to accept.

    Although I have my theories.

  219. Sherman graduated from Stanford with a communications degree, while not necessarily being a liberal arts education, it’s almost as easy and virtually as worthless.

    I had to take 3 communications classes for my business degree and they were the easiest classes I’d ever taken. It’s not too out of the question for an athlete with a team of tutors that’s fresh out of high school to get a 3.9 GPA. It’s even easier to expect that as a communications major.

    Is anyone else really surprised that he’s a Comms major? lol

  220. Even if it’s only the Hall of Fame Game, there will be football on Thursday. Halleluiah.

  221. The NFL needs to focus on football, and quickly. It feels like there is a tipping point the fans are at. When it goes down, it’s going to go down hard. Or it’s going to take off and have a resurgence and people will tune in to watch good football.

    I don’t know; I want to see this get to 500 comments.

    How did you get into football? Your first memory?

    For me, it was my Mom teaching me to throw a football. She loved the Green Bay Packers because she had a horrible childhood. They were her big brothers and heroes. Bart Starr will forever be her favorite Packer. Our family picture wall has family photos as well as Brett Favre. There is Packer stuff wherever you look in my parent’s house.

    Anyway, that’s my story.

  222. Jerry’s players have always loved him. Especially his stars. Meanwhile you played for a dorky computer mogul for the better part of a decade.

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