The Cowboy players and owner Jerry Jones struck what should have been the perfect balance between unity and respect for our National Anthem. But fans didn’t see it that way.
While the home team Cardinals linked arms in the endzone with military members, the Cowboys took a knee in the center of the field before the anthem. As they made their gesture, boos could be heard from the crowd. Some of those boos might have simply been Cardinals fans booing the visiting team, or–more likely–fans who were fed up with political statements and wanted to see a football game.
But, according to ESPN, the Dallas players wanted to do this as a show of unity with other teams and players who elected to kneel during the anthem or refuse to take the field until after it was played. The NFL requires players to be on the field for the National Anthem but has announced they won’t punish teams (such as the Steelers, Titans and Seahawks) that stayed in the locker room.
After taking a knee for about five seconds, the team stood for the anthem. It has been reported that Jerry Jones is adamant about his team showing respect for the American flag and the National Anthem, however he joined his players in this symbolic gesture.
When the team rose from their knees, there was no cheering. It seemed pointless, but the NFL is a very small club, and gestures are remembered. At this point, players are really kneeling for themselves, and in defiance of President Trump.
I can’t wait until the entire issue goes away, but I have a feeling it won’t.
Jerry Jones was reported to have warned his players that he would fire anyone who took a knee during the national anthem. San Antonio’s KSAT reported that Jones never made that statement, but that he did discuss the issue on an appearance on a Dallas sports radio show last month.
“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 said on 105.3 The Fan. “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.”
Despite a rule in the NFL game operations manual that requires players to be on the sidelines when the anthem is played, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said, “There will be no discipline handed down this week for anyone who was not there [during the playing of the national anthem].”
Steelers quarterback says he regrets decision to stay off the field during national anthem – TheBlaze
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Monday that he regrets his team’s decision to stay off the field for the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
In a statement posted on his website, Roethlisberger said, “I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the national anthem yesterday.”
“The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently,” he explained. “We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting.”
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