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LeBron James: NFL Owners ‘Old White Men’ with ‘Slave Mentality’ Toward Players

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said Friday on his HBO Sports series The Shop that the NFL has “a bunch of old white men owning teams” who have a “slave mentality” toward players.

Ben Golliver of the Washington Post provided the full transcript:

Ahiza Garcia of CNN Money reported May 18 that only two people of color owned or co-owned professional NFL teams: Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kim Pegula of the Buffalo Bills. The lack of diversity spreads through all major American sports leagues, with the NBA having the most people of color own or co-own teams (only three). The same goes for management and coaching positions as well.

James is one of a few people to call out the league and/or its owners over a “slave mentality” or something similar after NFL owners approved a national anthem policy whereas players must either stand or stay in the locker room. The policy was in direct response to NFL players protesting racial injustice and social inequality during the performance of the song.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, in response to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stating his players must have their “toe on the line” and stand during the anthem, said Jones had an “old plantation mentality.”