As pampered and privileged players continue to express their discontent with the oppressive white society that made them rich, the league’s popularity is plummeting.
Now one of the NFL’s most high-profile owners has risked being called a Nazi white supremacist by the media and is putting his foot down in an attempt to restore order.
Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys has made it clear that any player on his payroll who chooses to disrespect the flag and the nation will be benched.
It’s about damned time that someone showed some leadership because it’s been absent from fumbling, bumbling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Via The Dallas Morning News “Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: Any player who is ‘disrespectful to the flag’ won’t be allowed to play”:
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday that any of his players who disrespect the flag during the national anthem won’t play in games.
Jones is the first NFL owner to publicly make a stand about disciplining players who kneel during the anthem. Jones didn’t specify what kind of other demonstration he would consider disrespectful.
Cowboys defensive linemen Damontre’ Moore and David Irving stood alongside teammates during the national anthem before Sunday’s home game against Green Bay at AT&T Stadium. At the conclusion of the anthem, the two players raised their fists.
“I don’t know about that. But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones said after the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period.
“We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have.”
Jones addressed the media for 22 minutes after the game. He spent the final seven minutes talking about how he’s adamant that Cowboys and other NFL players should stand for the national anthem in the wake of dozens of players around the league kneeling the first five weeks of the season.
“We cannot in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones said. “I know the vice president did leave, because in his opinion the teams were. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. Just so we’re clear.
“I’m saying our vice president, if in his opinion, there’s disrespect of the flag then he should express himself however he wants to say. He’s got rights, too. 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.”
Moore and Irving acknowledged after the game raising their fists at the conclusion of Sunday’s anthem. Irving, who made his season debut Sunday after a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, declined to detail why he raised his fist. He said he wants the action to speak for itself.
Moore, who was suspended the first two games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, said he’s raised his fist at the conclusion of the anthem the last three games.
“It’s just something that I do,” Moore said. “I’ve got my morals, I’ve got my values on the things that I think about. I don’t want to bring unwarranted attention, but at the same time there are certain things people are doing it for.”
It could be that Jones’ frustrations have boiled over. His team had just suffered another heartbreaking home loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and emotions were raw.
It was the second loss by the Cowboys in the three games since Goodell set off the protests with a scathing attack on President Trump and there is no denying that they have been a distraction that have undermined team unity.
Dallas was predicted to be a Super Bowl contender, now they may not even win their own division thanks to the protests effect on the team’s cohesion.
The ultra-competitive Jones has finally had it and his new stance could well prove to be an inspiration to others who will also act to lay down the law to their multimillionaire prima donna players.
It’s time to bring the curtain down on this circus and put the clowns on notice.