Cowboys owner had said last week he would require his players to stand, ‘toe on the line’…
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reversed course less than a week after he challenged NFL policy by telling his players they would have to stand on the field for the national anthem.
While the NFL has supported the right of players to speak on sensitive social issues, including anthem policy, the league has revoked that right from Jones.
At a July 25 press conference, Jones responded “no” when asked whether his players would have the opportunity to remain in the locker room during the national anthem.
“Our policy is that you stand at the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones said, the Associated Press reported.
Today, Jones backed down and decided to obey the NFL policy, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
He cancelled several interviews with media outlets because the NFL told him to stop speaking about the policy.
This followed developments over the weekend, when Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott supported Jones’ decision, since they planned to stand as a team no matter the policy.
But Philadelphia Eagle safety Malcolm Jenkins, however, disapproved of Jones’ statement, calling him a “bully.”
“I think it’s unfortunate that you have owners like him 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, ESPN reported.
Jones said last week he did not expect his decision to affect the rest of the league. He simply wanted control over his team’s anthem policy.
“I obviously wouldn’t dare speak for any of the other owners, much less in general about 31 other owners,” Jones said. “As far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, you know where I stand. Our team knows where I stand on the issue.”
Jones even affirmed his players’ right to speak about issues such as police brutality on days without games.
“We certainly are supportive of them when they have their personal issues or their personal things that they want to pursue,” Jones said, according to ESPN. “And we’ll help them pursue them on Tuesdays. But when you’re wearing the Dallas Cowboy uniform and a Dallas Cowboy helmet and you’re working for the Dallas Cowboys, you check the ‘I’ and the ‘me’ at the door, and you’re a part of a team.”
While Jones will support his players’ speech, the NFL has shut down his.