by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said before that he deeply respects the national anthem. In a 2016 interview, Jones said it is “really disappointing” when people disrespect the flag. In the interview, Jones said:
“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have. I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it. The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. 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. We strongly support the flag in every way — and the people that for generations have given it all up so that we can get out here.”
When the Cowboys took the field against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, in the wake of the anthem protest firestorm this weekend, the owner was locked arm-in-arm with his team. What Jones did next was stunning. Before the anthem played, the entire Cowboys team took a knee:
As a “show of solidarity”…
But it did not go quite as planned when boos rang out from the crowd, causing Jones’ expression to become somewhat more uncomfortable:
The Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones locked arms and took a knee in unity prior to the national anthem pic.twitter.com/7kK3qVMDSo
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 26, 2017
Cowboys, including owner Jerry Jones, take a knee before national anthem tonight. Boos heard in crowd. pic.twitter.com/UpZUedLgaG
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 26, 2017
Over on the other side of the field, the Arizona Cardinals and their coach Bruce Arians never took a knee.
— Jake M. Hoffman (@JMHoffman) September 26, 2017
Sending a message to “America’s Team,” perhaps?
For the playing of the national anthem, the Cowboys stood back up, and they and the Cardinals all stood, interlocked in arms.
However, many noted that nearly all of the Cowboys left their helmets on during the anthem, and that the entire “protest” farce this week is a violation of NFL rules:
“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
Of course, far from punishing anyone, including Che Guevara-fan Colin Kaepernick last year, NFL Commish Roger Goodell has come out in support of the blatant violation of his own League’s rules, to disrespect the nation’s flag and anthem again and again.
What do you think of tonight’s display?