When the NFL released a statement through Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday evening, the league as a whole launched a message of support behind its players in the fight against systemic racism.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman wants to hear this message of support directly from the owners themselves. Especially Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
According to Eric Branch of San Francisco Chronicle, Sherman said Jones’ omnipresent voice in the NFL was clearly missing at the moment.
“It doesn’t pull them off like it’s the rest of the country,” Sherman said of the owners. “Because if it was, then they would speak. Jerry Jones, in particular, has no problem talking about something else at any other time. But when it’s such a serious problem, and it could really have a huge impact on it with a few words, its silence speaks volumes. ”
Jones is as visible as an owner in the NFL. He is regularly available to the media after each Cowboys game. He takes part in a weekly radio show in Dallas and does not hesitate to share his opinions. He is also one of the most influential owners in the league.
Jones’s voice is also important as he firmly stated in 2017 that all Cowboys players would stand during the anthem and if a statement is deemed to be disrespectful “we will not play. Period. Jones’ son Stephen also said the players who violated the edict would be summarily released.
So far, the Cowboys have released a two-minute video of their social justice efforts last week that did not directly feature the Jones family.
Sherman said he thought there had been a change in the way the topic is currently discussed in the league.
“But I think this time, society has evolved to the point where they are able to have a conversation and their family understands,” Hey, (blacks) struggled. They deal with inequality at all levels. And maybe it’s time to start understanding and seeing it, even if it doesn’t affect us that much, “said Sherman.