Last week, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made headlines when he had a change of heart over athletes protesting during the national anthem. Now, the famous owner is admitting that fans ditching the team over the stance is “a huge issue.”
There is much anticipation for the Cowboys Sunday night opener against the L.A. Rams. Everyone will be paying attention to the Cowboys players and coaches as the national anthem begins to play. Additionally, it will be the first game played in the Rams brand new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.
Currently, no Cowboys player has ever taken a knee during the national anthem to protest for social justice. Of course, fans are divided when it comes to players protesting. Some find it disrespectful to the flag and to those who have served in our nation’s military. On the other hand, others support the players and their right to protest however they choose.
Jerry Jones Responds to Critics
Jones was asked in an interview about the fans who feel as if politics have no place in football.
“That is a huge issue. Huge. You know by just the nature of the way that I run the team how much I appreciate the interest that’s in the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said. “I’m very sensitive to that. That’s exactly why I’ve said that I want our players to be very sensitive to just how important it is to the majority of our fans. More than any other team. The majority of our fans how sensitive they are recognizing what this great country is and what this flag stands for.”
“Everybody knows where I stand. And there’s no equivocation there at all,” Jones continued. “Consequently, I want everybody to understand that if any player that is standing out there has a serious, serious, serious awareness of the kind of sensitivity there is there and they ask for help. It’s not good to be obstreperous or anything if you’re asking people to see it through your eyes and see it in your way. It is important to show the kind of grace. It’s all about trying hard to move the ball forward to see where the other guy is coming from. Not necessarily to agree, but to see where he is coming from. I hope the Dallas Cowboys can be part of that just because that’s of interest in what we’re talking about this morning.”
[H/T 105.3 The FAN]