When it comes to the national anthem the Dallas Cowboys expect their players to toe the line — by putting their toe on the line.
Jerry Jones says the Cowboys will be required to stand on the sidelines for the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner — no matter what the NFL decides to do.
The league had initially directed teams to either stay in the locker room or stand along the sideline.
Anyone found to be protesting wound be punished. But that policy was put on hold after the player’s union took issue.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told radio station KTCK that players should stand “if they want to be a Dallas Cowboy.”
“We certainly are supportive of them when they have their personal issues or their personal things that they want to pursue,” he said. “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.”
The national anthem protest dates back to 2016 when players decided to take a knee to protest policy brutality and racial injustice.
They seemed to think the best way to take their cause to the American people was to disrespect the flag. In response – viewership and game day attendance dropped like a rock.
Let’s hope other teams will follow the lead of the Dallas Cowboys and show a little respect to the red, white and blue.