CANTON, Ohio – The NFL’s stance on the National Anthem Policy is about as transparent as the Trinity River in Texas during a flood at this point in time.
With a plot twist synonymous of a poorly written soap opera after the NFL initially created the new rule (kneeling during the rendition of National Anthem) without consulting with National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) back in May, Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones was recently told by the league to refrain from speaking about the new policy. That reported response from the league came after Jones saying that he would not support his players peacefully protesting before NFL games this upcoming season even though negotiations on the matter between the NFL and NFLPA are currently frozen.
“As far as the Dallas Cowboys, you know where I stand, the team knows where I stand. Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones said and adamantly continued his belief of respecting the flag by standing with hand over heart.
In doing so, he became the first NFL owner to demand that all of his players stand for the anthem on the field.
However, on July 28 during a Cowboys practice, the former NFL Executive of the Year refused to remove his hat during the playing of the National Anthem which further proved that it is Jones’ world and that we are merely just living in it.
Prior to the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Aug 4 in Canton, Ohio, the video board at center stage showed a visual of Jerry Jones when was inducted to the HOF just a year ago. The crowd then promptly showered Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium with boos showing their distaste of him and his actions regarding his position on the National Anthem Policy.
Class of 2018 Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss showed another way of bringing awareness to social injustice and police brutality by wearing a tie with several names of people who died in the mist of those issues.
“What I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they’re not alone,” Moss said. “I’m not here, you know, voicing, but by these names on my tie, and a big platform as the Pro Football Hall of Fame—there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country, and I just wanted to let these family members know that they’re not alone.”
Last season, Jones showed his hypocritical ways when he knelt with his players before a regular season match against the Arizona Cardinals only to scold his players in doing so prior to games in the form of a peaceful protest against police brutality and social justice onward.
Even though the NFLPA and NFL recently opened up discussions over the next several weeks to possibly revise the rule, it remains to be a black eye for the shield.
A response that was similar to what Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen alluded to about the polarizing public figure’s questionable loyalty to certain players and practices.
“It’s incredible to me, that a player can beat up a woman and play for the Dallas Cowboys, a player can use illegal drugs time and time again and still play, but you take a knee to protest the racial injustice in America, and now you’ve crossed a line that he (Jerry Jones) will not allow.”
You see, Jones’ stubborn nature always seems to get the best of him, and it is clear that his allegiance is not to the flag, but to himself and his personal ideals.
If you were an excellent talent such as former defensive lineman Greg Hardy who was arrested in 2014 for domestic violence or players using illegal substances, it’s okay. He is a businessman, and he cannot hurt his bottom line.
Even after former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter stepped down as chairman after making staunch remarks (about players kneeling during the National Anthem attributing to slow sales), he has been recently accused of using a racial slur during a training exercise, but that did not deter Jones from keeping him around.
“I’m sure if he could do it over again he liked some do-overs, but the bottom line is we own those stores. It’s not an endorsement,” Jones said. “We literally have 1,000’s of people that work in those stores and several thousand that are customers, and we want that (relationship) to have the kind of taste in your mouth we want when you have Papa John’s, to use a phrase.”
As you can see, Jones does not place high regard for character as of late for his organization. As long as the money flows and remains green, the former Arkansas Razorback will race to the bank.
With so much social injustice and lack of racial equality in this country, where does it stop? How can a man praise the value of a dollar over the ability to fulfill a first amendment right?
Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott did not have an issue with Jones’ remarks as a franchise player, but perhaps he did not want to hurt his pockets either…At least according to according to Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead.
“Sounds like Dak don’t wanna lose that Campbell’s Chunky Soup deal!” Whitehead said in a Twitter statement while mocking his response with clown emoticons.
Former Super Bowl champion and current San Fransico cornerback Richard Sherman made a powerful comment on how Jones operates the organization.
“The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with that old plantation mentality. What did you expect?”
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins weighed in on Jones’ internal policy by citing that he is a ‘bully’ for his actions.
“I think it’s unfortunate that you have owners like him (Jones) that use his position to intimidate and intentionally thwart even the idea of his players thinking individually or having a voice about issues that affect their communities daily, which is unfortunate,” Jenkins said. “But for them, hopefully, you’ll have guys challenge that, and they’ll have my full support.”
POTUS Donald Trump congratulated Jones for his strong-armed action to reprimand all of his players for not standing for the anthem on the field, and the 45th president of the United States has been extremely active on social media showing his distaste for any form of peaceful protest during the playing of the National Anthem.
“Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do!” Trump said on Twitter.
It is clear that the personal ideals of many directly do not represent the voices of all in this great country and to ‘Make America Great Again' we must remember our rights to express as Americans to progress as a nation. Regardless of what decision will take place between the NFL and NFLPA, it is quite clear that the social divide on this subject will be something that we can all agree on and time will tell what the endgame will be during the negotiation process.