Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys may have found an exit strategy for the growing controversy over player protests of racial inequities and Donald Trump’s boorishness.
Before a nationally televised game last night, Arkansas native Jones joined the entire team on the field before the playing of the National Anthem. They locked arms and took a knee, then rose for the Anthem. They remained standing with locked arms during the playing of the song.
The crowd booed at the knee-taking. Trump, watching football more than the massive humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, Tweeted admiringly of the boos. But then he praised the Cowboys for rising for the anthem.
“I hope that I’m clear and I hope that our team is clear: We want to respect the flag. Make no mistake about that,” Jones said.
“Nothing that we’ve done, nothing that we did tonight says anything other than that. We also want to as a complete team, as players and an organization, be able to, whenever we can, demonstrate that unity is important and equality is important.
Said Coach Jason Garrett:
Trump thinks he has a winner in fueling the divide with black athletes who’ve protested, first, police brutality and then a president calling them sons of bitches and suggested they are nothing but field hands who should be brought in line by the lash of employment threats. Trump is probably right
I’ve wondered how the players could continue to make a statement but without firing up the Trump base and also alienating many people who, however sympathetic, are bothered by displays during flag ceremonies.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys essentially demonstrated Monday night that the protesting players DO have a point. There is
PS: Of course Jones was motivated at least partly by self-interest. A scattered protest by some Cowboys undoubtedly would cost him ticket sales in Texas. Doesn’t mean
By the way: The Pittsburgh Steeler and combat veteran Alejandro Villaneuva who was lionized by false patriots for standing alone outside a tunnel for an anthem Sunday while his teammates stayed inside, apologized for appearances that he’d thrown his teammates under the bus. That was not the plan, he explained. He apologized for making his teammates look bad.
Also: If you read anything today read San Francisco 49er Eric Reid’s op-ed about how the Colin Kaepernick protest evolved. Powerful stuff if you care what it is REALLY all about. Not that Trump and the false patriots do.