Dallas Cowboys’ Dontari Poe Opens up About Conversation With Jerry Jones Before Kneeling During Anthem

by Thad Mitchell

Only one Dallas Cowboys player chose to kneel during the National Anthem through the team’s first three games.

Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe says he received support for his decision from teammates and Cowboys leadership, including team Owner Jerry Jones. Per USA Today, Poe spoke with Jones and other team personnel in an effort to inform them of the meaning behind his decision to kneel.

“I had to talk with Jerry, had to talk with teammates, coaches to make sure this didn’t take away from our ultimate goal,” Poe said earlier this week. “ I just told them that I want to do this. If they had a problem with it, we were always open to sit down and talk about it. I want to explain to them what my reasoning was for this.”

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Jones has been critical of players choosing to take a knee during the playing of the anthem. He prefers players stand during the anthem but has recently changed his thinking and asks that football fans to understand issues of social injustice that players go through.

“That’s the great thing about America. Everybody has a difference,” Jones told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan earlier this year. “If our players are there, they are sensitive to and respect what America is as it relates to the flag. I’ll assure you that. I’d hope that our fans understand that our players have issues that they need help on. They need help from the majority of America.”

Poe has taken an active approach in the community in promoting racial equality through his “Poe Man’s Dream Foundation.” His charitable foundation provides educational and recreational activities for youth in Memphis and San Francisco, according to Fox News.

“It’s a lot of stuff to be done but I’m doing as much as I can in the offseason, during the season,” he said. “I started in Memphis and I will be moving it to as many places as I can to try and put my imprint on being better.”

H/T: Fox News