ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" host Michael Wilbon compared Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner after Jones all but banned players from protesting during the national anthem.
Jones said that, in the wake of continued demonstrations, players who disrespect the flag will not play in that game.
Wilbon's co-host Tony Kornheiser voiced his concern that key players like quarterback Dak Prescott or wideout Dez Bryant could force Jones to bench them if they were to protest.
"I believe he has the right to do that as an employer," Kornheiser said, adding that he dismissed Miami Dolphins owner Dennis Ross' new rule that protesting players must stay in the tunnel during the anthem.
But, Wilbon objected to Jones' actions outright.
"The word that comes to mind, and I don't care who doesn't like me using it, is 'plantation'," he said. "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," Wilbon said, imitating what he assessed as Jones' thoughts.
According to Washington Times, ESPN declined to comment on the remark by Wilbon.
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