Looks like the Cowboys won’t be hiring activists like Colin Kaepernick anytime soon…
Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, has been pretty clear on his stance of Kaepernick’s ‘anthem protest’ since last season.
In September of last year, Jones was on Dallas sports radio 105.3 The Fan to discuss the growing movement of players kneeling and/or raising fists during the anthem.
He called it ‘really disappointing‘.
“The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing” said Jones. “I’m for it being used, in every way we can, to support the great contributors in our society – that is people that have supported America, and the flag.”
“For anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing” said Jones.
Source: CBS DFW
If the rumors swirling on social media have any basis in fact, Jones is making the stance clear before the season begins.
FYI, Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones told his players "You will stand for the National Anthem, or your ass will be off this team."
— Dan Daniels (@dan_themandan) July 28, 2017
Though the report isn’t exactly clear, this does seem consistent with Jones’s view of the anthem protest.
The NFL ratings took a real hit last season and the number one reason was the anthem protest, a recent survey found.
National anthem protests were the top reason that NFL fans watched fewer games last season, according to a new survey released by J.D. Power.
The pollster said it asked more than 9,200 people who attended either one football, basketball or hockey game whether they tuned into fewer games and why. Twenty-six percent of those who watched fewer games last season said that national anthem protests, some of which were led by Colin Kaepernick, were the reason.
Of course, a team owner would find that troubling and be concerned with the bottom line.
Jones didn’t want to alienate Cowboys fans by coming out and endorsing Trump or Hillary in the election, so he kept his opinion to himself.
(Did you see what he did there, CNN?)
He has, however, been clear about the proper respect be given to the anthem and the flag. Those are symbols of our ideals — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They also represent those that have died championing our freedoms. Disrespecting the flag or the anthem shows disrespect for the people that fought under that banner.
Jones says that NFL players should be using their platform to support those that are the ‘great contributors’ to society.
What do you think?
Is Jones right?
Or do players have a right to protest how they see fit?
Let us know what you think in the comments.