NFL player takes aim at Jerry Jones's 'old plantation mentality'
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Richard Sherman, a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, took aim at Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys owner said he would require his team to stand during the national anthem this year.

“The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with the old plantation mentality,” Sherman told USA Today in response to a question according to an interview published on Monday. “What did you expect?”

Jones said he would require his team to stand during the performance of the anthem even as the NFL put on hold a previously announced policy that would have punished players who kneeled during the anthem.


"Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line," Jones said during a press conference last week.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE has repeatedly attacked athletes who kneel during the anthem as a sign of protest, and he praised Jones after the Cowboys owner announced his decision.

Earlier this month, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) filed a grievance against the league over its policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem.

The NFL later said in a statement that it was "working on a resolution to the anthem issue" with the NFLPA.

Sherman, who is a member of the NFLPA, told USA Today he is encouraged by the league’s discussion with the association over the national anthem policy.

“They’re having the conversations; that’s awesome,” Sherman said.

“But there are unintended consequences. If they did this [original policy] to appease people, they didn’t appease anyone. It’s like putting a Band-Aid over a broken leg,” the NFL player added.