The National Football League doesn’t seem to have learned their lesson as more players continue taking a knee during the National Anthem, despite the fact such action is killing both ratings and sponsorships for teams and individual players.
The whole fiasco was started last year by failed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started “protesting” during the anthem as a means of speaking out against “oppression” and “inequality.” It’s sort of hard to take a professional athlete making millions of dollars seriously when discussing oppression.
Anyway, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has finally spoken out about how he feels about the whole thing, and it’s not going to sit well with a lot of folks on the left who, for whatever insane reason, think players doing this “safe activism” is somehow heroic.
Jones was asked by Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, about two Cowboys players who raised their fists at the end of the anthem. Jones said he did not see the raised fists. But then, Jones made a definitive statement about how he wants to see his team to handle the anthem from now on.
According to Pro Football Talk, Jones said, “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. Period.”
Jones continued, “We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have. I’m not aware and wouldn’t know what you’re talking about. I’m not aware of that. . . . We as a team are very much on the page together. We have made our expression that we’re together.”
The two Cowboys who raised their fists, Damontre Moore and David Irving, supposedly, weren’t on that same page.
When asked about Vice President Pence, who left the Colts game after taking exception to the 49ers staging a 23-player protest during the anthem, Jones seemed to support the Vice President: “I’m saying our vice president of the United States, if in his opinion there’s disrespect of the flag, then he should – he basically should — express himself however he wants to. He’s got rights, too, so however he wants to do it. He felt that not standing for the flag is disrespectful. I do, too. The league, in my mind, should absolutely take the rules we’ve got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag.”
As mentioned before, the rules on the books don’t necessarily prohibit what the players are doing. As Pro Football Talk relays it: “The NFL’s game operations manual says “all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.””
The problem people have with these players has nothing to do with the act of protesting, nor the cause they claim to be standing for. It’s all about the presentation. The fact that these players are choosing a time to protest, to divide Americans, when we should all be coming together as citizens of this great country, setting aside our differences for just a brief moment.
Many men and women have died to protect and preserve the liberty these athletes enjoy to make millions of dollars a year playing a game most folks play for free.
It’s disgraceful, the height of arrogance.
How much more will the NFL have to lose in order to get the point that Americans don’t want to see this kind of disrespect on television?
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