On Sunday night, Cowboys defensive lineman Dontari Poe became the first player in team history to kneel during the pregame national anthem. Cameras captured the rest of the team standing. Simultaneously, Poe took a knee while a player and coach on either side of him rested their hand on his shoulders as a sign of support.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones extended support for Poe in comments made in an interview the next day. In fact, Jones said he was actually pleased with the way the Cowboys handled the moment.
However, not everyone was as understanding of Poe’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. Opinions varied on the matter, and of course, the protest stirred up reactions on Twitter as well.
Twitter Reacts to Cowboys Player’s Solo Protest
Per usual, Twitter users had divided opinions over Poe’s pregame actions during the Dallas Cowboys versus L.A. Rams matchup.
Many disagreed with the player in this situation, believing Poe was disrepecting our country. Indeed, some even called Poe an embarrassment and wanted owner Jerry Jones to fire the player.
Another user gave similar remarks about Poe potentially being fired, adding “You were warned.”
The Cowboys owner publicly stated he supported the players decision to peacefully protest. Yet, some Twitter users made jokes that he was secretly fuming over Poe’s actions during the anthem.
In similar fashion, this user posted a different meme to poke fun at Jerry Jones.
On the other hand, numerous people took to Twitter to show respect for Poe’s decision. Also, many appreciated Poe’s courage to kneel alone.
Another user calls both Dontari Poe and Jerry Jones heroes for their actions.
Additionally, Poe’s protest has led some fans to want to buy the player’s jersey.
Similarly, another user even says they aren’t a Cowboys fan, but plan on getting a Poe jersey now.
It is unclear how Cowboys players plan to handle any social injustice protests during the song going forward. However, it does seem like Jones is okay with the demonstrations if other players choose to join Poe in kneeling.
The Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons will face off on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium – their first home game of the season.