Jerry Jones Leads Cowboys In Kneeling Before Anthem
The Dallas Cowboys along with their owner, Jerry Jones, locked arms Monday night and kneeled before the national anthem (video below.)
However, the Cowboys wanted to make it clear that they were kneeling BEFORE the anthem, to show that they weren’t protesting the anthem itself. What they were actually protesting isn’t clear, but since they were kneeling, they were presumably joining Colin Kaepernick’s protest of law enforcement.
However, Jones failed in making it clear that they weren’t kneeling during the national anthem. Multiple news outlets have already reported that they kneeled “during” the anthem in protest of whatever the outlets think that the kneelers are protesting.
The entire stadium booed the team as they took a knee.
The team then stood again as the national anthem was played.
It’s not clear why the team would decide to start protesting law enforcement a year after five Dallas police officers were assassinated.
In response to the officers being killed, the Dallas Cowboys wore an “Arm in Arm” decale on their helmets during their training camp in 2016.
The team then announced that they needed to remove the decals when they started the preseason schedule. The decal is a violation of NFL uniform policy and the NFL said that they wouldn’t allow it.
At the time, Dallas Morning News reported that Cowboys Owner, Jerry Jones, spoke on the issue. “That decision doesn’t take away from our emphasis on unity,” owner Jerry Jones said. “I’m proud of our team, proud of our team leadership, Jason Witten particularly, for really instigating and putting that together.”
“Our goal all along was to show support to the victim’s families, the Dallas Police Department and to try to unite our community,” said Witten, according to The Dallas Morning News.
“I understand the NFL has uniform rules and guidelines they have to follow, but that still doesn’t mean we aren’t going to support and honor our community and stand arm in arm with them now and in the future. The decal not being on the helmet is not going to stop that.”
Jerry Jones will presumably explain his actions later.
ou can see the video of the Dallas Cowboys kneeling below: