What’s With Jerry Jones And His Anti-Protest Stance?
By Ryan Velez
NFL owners are soon going to be meeting to discuss potential changes regarding the national anthem and league policy in the wake of several protests, but one owner is going on a public stance against the protest, in a move that is leaving the team aghast. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, started a media campaign over the last week, reports CBSSports, which is a far departure from the team’s actions so far.
To date, the Dallas Cowboys have been relatively safe in terms of their choices of protests. This has been mainly presenting a united gameday display, with no one sitting or kneeling for the anthem to date. While individual players may have had their concerns, for the most part, this was treated as something that the team had worked out. Until Jerry Jones began speaking out. Things particularly heated up when it came out that Jerry Jones had been speaking to Donald Trump, with the indication that Trump was the person that got the ball rolling on Jones’s actions.
"This wasn't something that was dominating conversations in that locker room up until this week," said one agent who is close to several players on that team. "It wasn't something guys were really talking about that much, inside the locker room or to their agents. At first, some guys were frustrated by what Jerry said (Sunday), because this hadn't really been a big issue or distraction for them, and by the middle of the week I know some were pissed. It was almost like he started daring somebody on his team to take a knee. At least that's how some players started to look at it."
Jones looks like he has tried to put out the fires in his own locker room a bit, holding a team meeting before players left for the bye week. However, considering that the team was compliant, many find it odd. This is to say nothing of the negative media attention his stance may garner. This couldn’t happen at a worse time for the team, who is facing their division rivals after the bye week, and also have to deal with the possible six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott.