Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was crucified by the left after he emphatically stated that any player on his team who disrespected the flag would be benched.
For his words, Jones was decried as a slave owner, a white supremacist and other assorted pejoratives by the kneelers and their amen chorus in the media.
This week’s big summit between the NFL owners and representatives of the cult of Kaepernick ended with Commissioner Roger Goodell throwing Jones under the bus by refusing to make it mandatory for players to stand for the national anthem.
That gutless cave-in will now open the floodgates of players that want to stick it to their employers because the league and the media have their backs.
The first one to do so is a doozy because it is in Big D.
Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving has announced his intention to defy Jones during Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers and protest anyway.
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram (@startelegram) October 20, 2017
David Irving didn’t want to reveal his specific plans for what he might or might not do during the national anthem on Sunday before the Dallas Cowboys take on the San Francisco 49ers.
But Irving has made a personal determination to do something to protest police brutality and racial injustice. He, along with Damontre Moore, raised their fists after the anthem was played before the Cowboys’ game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 8.
“I have made a call,” Irving said. “You’ll just have to wait till Sunday.”
Irving remained adamant that his actions would not “disrespect the flag,” something that owner Jerry Jones said would lead to his organization benching players.
“I hope not since it’s not about the flag in the first place, you know?” Irving said.
Coach Jason Garrett said he expected every player to stand for the national anthem.
Asked if he considered taking a knee, Irving responded: “I can’t say, man.”
Irving said he doesn’t feel a need to consult Jones or Garrett before the game about his plans.
“Nah, it’s not disrespecting the flag,” said Irving, who has family members and friends in the armed services. “It’s not disrespecting the flag.”
This has put Jones into a bad spot and he is not going to be able to easily extricate himself thanks to Goodell’s spinelessness.
He can either follow through on his threat and bench his mutinous malcontent and become the second most hated man in America or he can weasel out and forever lose disciplinary power over his team once others follow Irving.
What will he do now that his authority has been openly challenged?