I have never been much of an NFL football fan. I prefer college ball, but after hearing what Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones told his players, I may just have a favorite pro team.
Jones is fed up with the disrespect being shown by some professional football players, such as Colin Kaepernick. The team owner decided to make one thing very clear to his players: If they so much as thought about kneeling during the national anthem, then they could find another team to play for.
If any of his players want to take a knee during the National Anthem, don’t expect to see them on the roster for much longer.
FYI, Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones told his players “You will stand for the National Anthem, or your ass will be off this team.”
— Dan Daniels (@dan_themandan) July 28, 2017
Then the Cowboys will always have my loyalty. https://t.co/bG51ZxMXpa
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 28, 2017
The Political Insider reports:
Following a game on September 11th, 2016, Jones expressed pride in his time for universally choosing to stand for the national anthem.
“I got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization,” Jones said. “We strongly, strongly support the flag. In every way, we support — it’s almost ridiculous to be saying it — the people that for generations and generations have given it all up so we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television. We respect that so much. That’s the real business.”
Jones added, “The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. I’m for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society and that’s people that have supported America, the flag, and there’s no reason not to go all out right there. For anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”
Do players have the right to kneel during the anthem as a form of protest? Technically, yes. However, that does not mean the team owner or coach doesn’t have the right to kick them off the team if they do so!
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