A professional football player viciously compared NFL owners who require players to stand during the national anthem with the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision; the infamous 1857 ruling that classified enslaved African-Americans as “property” and paved the way for the American Civil War.
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was speaking with reporters this week when he made the outrageous comparison, saying players were treated as “property” who “don’t have the ability to be a person first.”
“It reminded me of the ‘Dred Scott’ case: You’re property, so you don’t have the ability to be a person first,” said Bennett. “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.”
The National Football League continues to struggle after weeks of player protests have seriously damaged the organization’s image across the country. The controversy surrounding professional athletes who choose to “take a knee” have potentially cost the league millions of dollars as ticket sales and television ratings continue to plummet.
President Trump weighed-in on the issue this week, slamming the “disgraceful” NFL for refusing to force players to stand during the performance of the national anthem.
h/t Breitbart News