Dallas Cowboys Owner: Stand for the Anthem or You Won’t Play
Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, issued a stark order to his players over the weekend: Stand for the anthem or you won’t play, according to Fox News.
“I know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear…
There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you’re disrespecting the flag, we will be non-supportive of each other. We will not disrespect the flag.” Jerry Jones
Too late on that score. The National Football League has already been shown as a contributor to leftist groups and doesn’t punish players for their disrespect of the flag or the anthem. They have already created the impression that they’re disrespecting the flag, veterans, the anthem, and America itself.
To be fair, the Dallas Cowboys have generally stood during the anthem. Mr. Jones’ remarks were made after he was asked about Vice President Pence leaving the Indianapolis Colts game when some of their players knelt during the anthem.
Jones says he is more interested in standing during the anthem than showing unity with his team. Or does he? Two weeks ago, Jones knelt arm in arm with his team just prior to the anthem, giving the impression that he was in solidarity with their protest. What were they protesting? Two weeks ago it appears that they were protesting Trump rather than the National Anthem.
“We’re going to stand. We’re going to stand and put our hand over our heart and we’re going to do what we did before. Y’all know what that was, that was just a response to Trump. That’s all that was.” Dez Bryant, Cowboys wide receiver
Two of Jones’ players raised their fists at the end of the anthem over the weekend, something they apparently have been doing.
Cowboys DL Damontre Moore and David Irving acknowledged raising their fists at the end of the national anthem before the game. Moore said he’s done it all year. Moore said it wasn’t disrespecting the flag and he has a lot of family members with military background.
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) October 9, 2017
“I don’t know about that. But if there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”
Standing for the anthem is important, with a hand over your heart or for military service member in uniform, a salute. A fist stuck in the air is just as disrespectful as sitting on the bench or “taking a knee.” Either one says they don’t love the same nation that gave them the opportunity to make millions.