Kirsters Baish| After the recent string of NFL National Anthem protests, self-entitled athletes have been coming forward explain their point of view and why they are participating. Unfortunately, some of them don’t seem to think before they talk and end up making themselves look rather foolish. That was exactly the case when Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett decided to compare the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s personal decision to keep players benched who opted out of standing for the National Anthem to the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision. This was definitely not a wise choice on the part of Bennett.
Bennett spoke to reporters on Wednesday saying, “It reminded me of the Dred Scott case: You’re property, so you don’t have the ability to be a person first. I think that in this generation, I think that sends the wrong message to young kids and young people all across the world that your employer doesn’t see you as a human being, they see you as a piece of property, and if that’s the case, then I don’t get it. I just don’t get why you don’t see us as human beings first.”
Dred Scott v. Sandford was a case that ended up making the standing of any African American whose ancestors who labored as slaves in America to sue in federal court invalid. The case also maintained that federal government had zero power to regulate the spread of slavery in U.S. territories founded following the ratification of the Constitution. All Jerry Jones said was “If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play- period.”
It can’t just be me who is having a hard time seeing the connection between the two cases. Jerry Jones is simply a man who respects America and believes his players should respect the country that gave them such a huge opportunity to play professional football. The Dred Scott case was a completely different scenario all together. And, another thing that is really upsetting Americans is the fact that Bennet had the gall to make such a comparison and claim “racial inequality” when he is bringing home millions of dollars for simply playing a sport. He really has no right to be complaining.
Bennett made these remarks during a conversation in which he vowed that he would not stand at all this season during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” He also stated that no understanding between players and owners can happen until an NFL team decides to sign former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the man who began the anthem protests last year.
Bennett continued, “I think the issue with Kaepernick is the start to a conversation. If they want us to be open to what they want, the dialogue, then that’s something that needs to be on the table right there.”
It wasn’t a surprise that NFL ratings during the first six weeks of this season dropped 7.5 percent as compared to those of last year and 18.7 percent from the first six weeks of the 2015 season.
Now that the anthem protests are costing the league upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell finally spoke up, but not in the manner we were all hoping for.
Roger Goodell curiously held an activism summit with players earlier this week and lent the league’s endorsement to a law reforming federal sentencing laws. The commissioner refused to entertain the idea of punishing players who disrespect the flag the way the league punishes players who wear certain clothing brands on parts of team property, listen to music on unapproved headphones on fields, or bring handguns to work.
it’s time for these ungrateful NFL players to start seeing things for what they are. Of course, some racial injustice still occurs in our country, as with every other country. But, to say that kneeling during the anthem is going to change anything, and that this sentiment means anything coming from men who are bringing home millions of dollars every year is ludicrous. It’s time to come up with a different approach.