How ‘Bout ‘Dem Cowboys?


ARLINGTON, Texas – The debate surrounding the NFL and the national anthem took another turn on Sunday evening, and Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones made his stance on the matter perfectly clear.

“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones told reporters after the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss to Green Bay. “Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”

Pressed for clarification if he meant that players seen as disrespecting the flag would not play, Jones affirmed his stance.

“Period. Yes, of course,” he said.

It is about time that the NFL, or at least some of their owners, took a stance on this issue. The NFL is losing viewership and attendance and has turned a blind eye / ear to those who say “we respect the rights and ability of players to protest, but there is a time and place for everything and during the national anthem is not that time or place.”

As one writer put it (and we can’t remember the writer): “If the customer is always right and the NFL customers of the NFL are saying the protests at that particular moment are wrong, what does that say about the NFL, its owners and its corporate offices?”

The writer makes a valid point: are the voices of millions of NFL customers being ignored in order to placate the players?

Ever since these protests started, we have waited for one owner to step up and say “enough. Not during the anthem.”

We have never really been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and certainly not a fan of Jerry Jones. While we believe that Jones is far too meddlesome in the day to day operations of the Cowboys, we have to give him credit for making the Cowboys the most valuable sports franchise not just in the United States, but in the world. The Cowboys stadium was built largely with private funding (not as much as we would like, but it is still better than most.)

We grudgingly give Jones applause for those steps.

And now we want to applaud him for taking a stance on the time and place of a protest by the players.

Time will tell if the other owners will follow Jones’ lead on this. We certainly hope they do.

Once again, to be clear, we want to have a conversation on what the players and others believe is happening in the country as far as some sort of “racial injustice” is concerned. As of yet, we have not seen much willingness from protesters to discuss anything. We aren’t seeing any desire to have a conversation where peoples’ views are actually listened to and addressed. All we have seen is “we’re right. You’re a privileged racist. Shut up.”

It is clear that there are for too many who don’t want that conversation to take place. We wonder if the players want it to take place. Until then, the players can put their money where their mouth is and decide whether they want to be cut, or protest during the anthem.

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