As we near the official kick-off of the 2017 National Football League season, Americans have seen during the preseason that player protests during the national anthem will apparently still be a thing this year.
While of course the liberal media fawns all over the protesting players and seemingly encourages their behavior with plenty of attention, not everyone in the league is a fan of an attitude that many consider rude and disrespectful toward our nation and its flag.
According to CBS Sports, one of those individuals is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who recently revealed that he feels “very strongly” that the players and staff in his organization should do nothing but stand silently and with respect during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have,” Jones stated Tuesday during a radio interview on 105.3 The Fan, according to Dallas/Fort Worth CBS affiliate KTVT.
“I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it,” he continued.
“The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing,” Jones said of the protests that swept the league in 2016. “I’m for it being used, in every way we can, to support the great contributors in our society — that is, people that have supported America, and the flag.
“For anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing,” he added. “We strongly support the flag in every way — and the people that for generations have given it all up so that we can get out here.”
There had been unconfirmed rumors earlier this year that Jones intended to take a hard stance against the anthem protests, allegedly even threatening to cut any players that did so from the organization, but at least one star player seemingly debunked that rumor recently.
“He hasn’t come in and said that to us personally,” stated Cowboys running back Darren McFadden during a Wednesday interview with NBC Sports Radio, according to Yahoo Sports. “For us as a team, that’s something that we take pride in, so, you know, we want to go out there and do it the right way and just handle ourselves like we should.”
While Jones may not have explicitly warned his players to not take part in any anthem protests, he has nevertheless made himself quite clear on the matter.
If his players, coaches and staff have any measure of respect for him, the patriotic organization he has built and the blessed country that allows them to play a game for a living, they will honor his request and respectfully remain standing for the duration of the anthem.
Something tells us the Cowboys won’t be in any pre-game protests this season.
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