An ESPN commentator blasted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones this week, comparing him to a slave owner for his response to national anthem protests in the National Football League.
“The word that comes to my mind, and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it, is ‘plantation,’” ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon said Monday. “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.”
Jones had threatened to bench players who don't stand for the national anthem, a reprimand praised by President Trump, who has criticized the football protests.
Jones had previously come out arm-in-arm with his team members last month at the height of Trump's feud with the NFL.
Wilbon said the action by Jones was "as phony as a $3 bill," in light of his new condemnation of the national anthem protests.
ESPN host Jemele Hill was suspended Monday from the network for two weeks for posting tweets that suggested a boycott of Jones’ advertisers after his comments.
The protests started in 2016 to bring attention to racial inequality and police brutality. Trump last month lambasted the protests as disrespectful to the anthem and the American flag.
This piece originally appeared at The Hill.