League won’t let Cowboys wear “Arm in Arm” decal during the preseason

It was a given that the NFL wouldn’t let the Cowboys wear an “Arm in Arm” decal during the regular season, and that the Cowboys would be permitted to wear the decal during training-camp practices. The only unknown was whether the NFL would let the Cowboys display their support for the Dallas police department during the preseason.

The verdict is in, and the answer is no.

Via Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, team V.P. Stephen Jones said Wednesday that the league won’t be allowing the team to attach the round sticker to the back of its helmets for the upcoming slate of four glorified scrimmages.

Right or wrong, the decision reflects at least in part the delicate balance the league is trying to strike regarding issues that could be regarded, plausibly or not, as controversial. Should it be controversial to oppose violence committed against police and gratuitous violence committed by police? Absolutely not. But the league is sufficiently worried that it could be to keep the decal off the helmets.

Then there’s the question of where to draw the line. Currently, the league allows significant deviations from the uniform in October and November for breast cancer awareness and a salute to the military, respectively. The NFL seems to be disinclined to expand that collection of social causes, either for the entire league or for any of its specific teams.

31 responses to “League won’t let Cowboys wear “Arm in Arm” decal during the preseason

  1. The NFL won’t allow any social cause to be promoted unless the league can make money off it, like breast cancer and military tributes.

  2. the NFL is absolutely right to keep away from this and any other hot button social issue….

    start giving in to this and the next thing you know there are protestors at games and team uniforms look like NASCAR cars

    keep to football

  3. Makes sense.

    Jerry Jones and the Cowboys organization can support the cause off the field. I would applaud them for doing so.

    But the NFL has an interest in controlling on the field activity.

    Players and teams can support Black Lives Matter, legalized marijuana, legalized gay marriage, gun control, gun ownership rights, abortion rights, or abortion restrictions however they want off the field.

  4. randomguy9999 says:
    Aug 11, 2016 8:46 AM

    the NFL is absolutely right to keep away from this and any other hot button social issue….

    start giving in to this and the next thing you know there are protestors at games and team uniforms look like NASCAR cars

    keep to football
    ——————————
    Not sure where you’ve been, but the NFL is WAY more than just about football, welcome to 2016, glad you could join us…

  5. What would be interesting is to make it optional for players to wear the decal – if you don’t want to you don’t have to. If you want to – go ahead.

  6. Of course the league won’t let them wear it, because it won’t make them any money. I don’t know about the breast cancer awareness stuff, but I know the military pays the NFL millions of dollars every year for “Patriotic Displays”.

    If they feel that’s it’s important for the Dallas community, the Cowboys should wear the decals anyway, just for the preseason. The NFL will look bad if they fine the team, and it’s not like the Jones family can’t afford it if they do.

  7. crewchief15 says:

    the NFL is absolutely right to keep away from this and any other hot button social issue….
    ================================

    Unless it’s about Atlanta and a bill preventing men using girls restrooms. I bet if a team had BLM decals they would be allowed to keep them.

  8. This is a good opportunity to avoid a self-inflicted wound. While I appreciate the stand by Dallas, I agree with the NFL in this particular instance. This is a no-win situation and no matter which side they pick, 50 percent of their fans will disagree and be angry. I see no positive outcome and fanning the flames. Stick to football. Goodell causes enough problems without broadening his base of issues.

  9. The liberal-agenda driven media fails to consistently report that most black on black crime, BY FAR, outdistances any other form of crime.

    So, by the very nature of the BLM stance and Blue Lives Matter stance-there is a controversial nature to this arm band.

    Thanks to Obama-we are divided now more than ever…..makes me sick.

  10. But they will allow Beyoncé and her performance that endorses violence against police…

    Sheesh

  11. Yeah, the league can force real men to dress and play in pink but screams, “No way, Jose, for decals.” Man, the NFL office is getting to be as crazy as this year’s non-stop flood of political BS.

  12. Bob says:
    Aug 11, 2016 8:39 AM

    The NFL won’t allow any social cause to be promoted unless the league can make money off it, like breast cancer and military tributes.

    Bob, you nailed it. We would be flabbergasted if we knew how much revenue was generated from the sale of pink and camo jerseys and just about every clothing accessory known. Unbelievable that the league won’t allow a team to stand up against all acts of violence and that it would rather hide behind some rhetoric regarding political correctness.

  13. The NFL is worse then a broken clock. At least a broken clock gets it right twice a day. The NFL can’t ever seem to get it right!

  14. abninf says:
    Aug 11, 2016 9:07 AM

    crewchief15 says:

    the NFL is absolutely right to keep away from this and any other hot button social issue….
    —————————————
    Not my post.
    I agree with it, the fact is the NFL is as PC if not more so than the rest of the Liberal Sheep!!

  15. This Eagles fan did the only thing I could. My NFL Sunday ticket is gone. Dallas fans should boycott the NFL.

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