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49ers' Sherman: Jerry Jones' silence on racial injustice 'speaks volumes'

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Richard Sherman has long been among the NFL's most vocal players regarding its off-field issues, and now he's speaking out about the league's battle with racial injustice.

After commissioner Roger Goodell released a stronger statement supporting the black community last week, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback wants that message reiterated from individual owners, specifically high-profile ones like Jerry Jones.

"It's not pulling them like it is the rest of the country," Sherman said, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Because if it was, then they'd speak. Jerry Jones, especially, has no problem speaking up any other time about anything else. But when it's such a serious issue, and he could really make a huge impact on it with a few words, his silence speaks volumes."

The Dallas Cowboys owner was vocal when Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Jerry and his son, Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones, said all Dallas players must stand during the anthem or risk being released.

While some owners have yet to take a firm stance on racial injustice, Sherman was at least pleased that issues are being discussed around the league.

"But I think this time society has moved forward to the point where they're able to have a conversation and their family understands, 'Hey, (black) people have had a tough go at it. They deal with inequities at all levels. And maybe it is time to start understanding that and seeing that even though it doesn’t affect us as much,'" he said.

h/t to Pro Football Talk

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