Jerry Jones is reconsidering his stance on the National Anthem kneeling controversy. The Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager addressed the issue on Wednesday.
The 77-year-old billionaire spoke with the media for the first time in over 100 days this week. Jones explains that he hopes to support both players and those firmly opposed to kneeling during the anthem.
“We’re going to show grace. I’m going to show grace. And I’d like to show that kind of grace on a sensitive matter,” he said. “Everybody is genuine here. I’m giving everyone the benefit of the doubt relative to any decision that I make. I have one thing: My job is to run the Dallas Cowboys. My job is to do what’s right. We’ve asked for all of this interest, and we’ve asked for our players to give everything they’ve got.”
Jones explains that people in the Dallas Cowboys organization hopes to set an example for others. “I have a decision to make. I want to show the world that I can do it with grace and come up with the right solution,” Jones said.
He continued by saying, “I don’t know what we’re going to be faced with here a month from now or two months from now. … Our players have always been open-eared for anything that I have to offer and I’ve been open-eared for what they have to offer, and that’s what we’ll do.”
Jerry Jones: His Position on the Issue Then Vs. Now
In 2017, Jones demanded that the players in his organization stand during the anthem with their “toes on the line.” However, Jones claims that times are changing. “That was then, this is now,” Jones said. “We’re going to have grace.”
He continued by saying that the team continues to discuss solutions. “Somewhere in between there,” Jones said, “as we get together with our team, as we discuss with the team, somewhere in between there is how we’re going to handle it.”
Jones then explained that he tries to hear all perspectives. “Am I interested in what any player, what any of our media, am I interested in what everybody has to say about any issue? You bet,” he said. “And I have rabbit ears. I really do. Having said that, I am listening. The point is, we will do it in a way we think is sensitive and has as much grace for the genuine feelings of everybody in mind.”
Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott, confirmed that Jones has been trying to listen to others. “He was trying to listen and gather everything he can before he came out and said his simple view. Because of his background and his beliefs, all that is different than a lot of other people,” Prescott said. “Not that he can’t relate, but it may be tough for him to relate to what other people may be going through right now. I don’t think he just wanted to speak with [urgency] and say something wrong. It’s tough.”