Earlier this week, PTI host Michael Wilbon made an asinine comment that rivals Jemele Hill’s stupidity. Speaking about the statement Jerry Jones made regarding the anthem protests, Wilbon compared Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slaveholder.
“The word that comes to mind…. is plantation. The players are here to serve me and they will do what I want no matter how much I pay them, they’re not equal to me” Wilbon said on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption”.
Michael Wilbon on Jerry Jones: "The word that comes to my mind, I don't care who doesn't like me using it, is 'plantation.'" pic.twitter.com/hrX77xNw4w
— alex medina (@mrmedina) October 10, 2017
I don’t know about you, but being an NFL “slave” sounds pretty cool. Where can I sign up to be an NFL slave? After all, starting quarterbacks in the NFL are making upwards of $30 million a year plus endorsements. Not only that, they enjoy at will employment, team benefits, and celebrity status all while playing a game they love.
What is particularly stupid about Wilbon’s comment is that players are under contract with an employer. When they sign that dotted line, they become employees of that organization. If Jerry Jones tells them to do something, they will do it or will be off the team. By Wilbon’s logic, every employer in the United States is a “slave master” simply for enforcing rules at the workplace. If I walked into an accounting firm and started protesting police brutality, I would be fired. NFL players are allowed to make whatever statement they want while on the clock and they are considered “slaves” by the genius that is Michael Wilbon.
People have the right to say whatever they please, but these sports hosts really need to think about what they’re saying sometimes. Wilbon, Shannon Sharpe and Jemele Hill are never mouthing off their BS to people who could refute it, only fellow dimwit sports commentators. If they did, they would be exposed as the fools they are. But hey, we live in an age where Jimmy Kimmel is the moral mouthpiece of America, so why can’t ESPN be the new NBC?