Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gives players an ultimatum…
Americans as a whole, no matter their political affiliation, made it clear over the past few months that they do not approve of NFL players protesting their personal views by kneeling during the National Anthem but they would not listen.
Sports fans are leaving the league in droves, and several recent polls and studies show that political activism accounts for the reason why.
Regardless of players saying their kneeling has nothing to do with disrespecting the American flag or our nations veterans, Americans are taking it that way, and so we should.
There is no justification for kneeling during the National Anthem – there are more appropriate ways for players to protest their views about African-American injustice. If they really wanted to make a change, they would meet with police around the country and find proactive ways to make change happen.
Up until now, NFL team owners were supporting their players ‘Constitutional right’ to protest, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday any player who disrespects the flag will not play.
I’m sure their ratings dropping and fans refusing to attend games had more to do with it than patriotism or he would have done it sooner. Not to mention the loss in revenue was sure to sway his patriotism.
Fox News reports:
Jones’ comments, the strongest made on the anthem controversy, came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis early after several San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem.
“I know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” he said following the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. “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.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 26, 2017
Dallas players have stood on the sideline, many with hands over their hearts, during the anthem ever since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling last season in protest of what he believed were instances of racial injustice in the U.S.
Jones said showing respect for the flag and the anthem is more important to him than any potential issues of team unity.
“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,” Jones said. “We will not disrespect the flag.”
Jones said he wasn’t aware of whether any of his players had raised a fist at the end of the anthem before the Green Bay game.
“I don’t know about that,” Jones said. “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.”
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