Report: Some Cowboys planning protest tonight


The Cowboys have not had a player join the national anthem protest since Colin Kaepernick became a face of the movement last season. That will change tonight, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Not every player might participate, according to Hill, but at least some will.

“It’s not going to be business as usual,” a player told Hill. “[President Trump] crossed a line. Something will be done.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Saturday he did not expect any of his players to protest. That, though, came before Sunday’s outpouring of protests around the league. Some teams linked arms. Some stayed in the locker room for the national anthem. Some had individual players take a knee.

Garrett has made it clear he likes his team to stand during the national anthem.

“The national anthem is sacred. Our flag is sacred. And our team has demonstrated that,” Garrett said last month.

According to the Dallas Morning News, only five other teams — the Cardinals, Bears, Vikings, Bengals and Jets — have not had a player protest by kneeling, sitting or raising a fist during the pregame anthem the past two seasons.

The Cowboys remain one of only two teams not to issue some sort of statement, though one could come closer to game time tonight. (A Panthers spokesman said owner Jerry Richardson would not make a statement.)

UPDATE 4:15 P.M.: Panthers owner Jerry Richardson issued a statement this afternoon, leaving the Cowboys as the only team not to issue one.

25 responses to “Report: Some Cowboys planning protest tonight

  1. I sincerely hope this is not the case. If they do, I’m going to have to make a very difficult decision to NOT watch tonight’s game…Just like I did yesterday by not watching a single game.

  2. This is it right here. It’s not cards vs boys tonight. It’s what are the cowboys players gonna do during the anthem? Are you freaking kidding me. It’s getting as bad as ESPN here.

  3. Jerry Jones understands how bad this is for the NFL.

    In the end the players are all going to stand. The NFL is going to respect the fans or it wont have any and the owners like their money too much.

    And when the NFL craters and has it’s anti-trust exemption revoked?


  4. The Texans only had one player protest last year, left tackle Brown by holding his first up. He is still holding out this year because the team won’t give him more money hmmmm. Yesterday none of the Texans kneeled or sat down during if. A lot of Pat’s players did abs their own fans booed them.

  5. Best of luck with that Coach Garrett. NFL employees have full support of Roger Goodell to protest against the United States.

  6. People do realize there is an actual football game tonight, right? I’ve watched ESPN, NFL Network and read many sports websites and not a single one is actually talking about THE GAME!! Who’s inactive? Who’s starting? How do the teams match-up against each other? This is an absolute joke.

  7. Jerry has maintained a hard line with player protest during the National Anthem. I believe the Cowboys will maintain their respect for it. I don’t think Jerry will fire any players, unless they ride the bench, but I’d be willing to bet that the get a hefty fine and ride the bench for that game…

  8. They can do whatever they want because I won’t be watching.

    I’m watching Pat’s games only. And that may stop also.

  9. I’m a Cowboys’ fan not an NFL fan. If the team as a whole takes a stance against the flag or anthem today I’ll turn the game off and walk away from football. America’s team should stand behind the american flag and it’s veterans.

  10. “It’s not going to be business as usual,” a player told Hill. “[President Trump] crossed a line. Something will be done.”

    like kneel for one and half minutes. B R U H. these guys need to stick to football. One day when they turn off CNN, they will be free to have true open conversations. They cant handle the truth yet.

  11. Separation of Football and Politics. Please. Watching the NFL is one of the few times you and the person next to you can root for the same team without caring what their politics is.

  12. Why don’t they protest the thousands of black men killed by other black men?

    If you dare mention that they just call you racist so that they don’t have to address it.

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