Dallas Cowboys Owner Just Joined Anthem Protests in an Unprecedented way!
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his team’s players in kneeling before the national anthem prior to their game Monday night at Arizona.
Jones, Coach Jason Garrett and other Cowboys coaches and front office executives locked arms while standing on the field. Prior to the anthem, Jones and the players and coaches took a knee.
They stood, with arms still interlocked, for the anthem.
Some in the crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., where the Cowboys were taking on the host Cardinals, booed at the display. Arizona players also stood and linked arms during the anthem, but they did not take a knee beforehand.
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It was the latest show of unity or protest by NFL teams since President Trump said Friday at a campaign rally in Alabama that owners should fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans were not on the field for the anthem prior to their games Sunday. Many players on other teams chose to kneel for the anthem. Other teams demonstrated unity with players standing with interlocked arms. Several owners stood on the sideline with their players and locked arms with them. But Jones became the first owner to kneel.
“Everyone should know, including the president, this is what real locker room talk is,” Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a conference call with reporters earlier Monday.
Lockhart said the on-field demonstrations and the discussions behind them showed the ability of the league office, owners, players and the NFL Players Association to work cooperatively in a crisis. He said there would be no league-imposed discipline for those teams or players that did not participate in the anthem Sunday. The NFL’s game operations manual requires all players to be on the sideline for the playing of the anthem.
“We also believe our players have a right to express themselves,” Lockhart said.