Dez Bryant: “It was a team thing. Trump can’t divide this”

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The Cowboys all stood for the national anthem, but the knee they took before the game was a protest of its own.

And while President Donald Trump continues to rail about players kneeling, the Cowboys said his words drew them closer together.

“It was a team thing. That’s the true definition of unity. Trump can’t divide this,” Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Sports can show a perfect example of unity. That’s our job. It’s not just black NFL players. It’s a mix of, different races. I felt like that was a clear shot at Trump sitting on the knee like that. You just can’t do that. That’s super disrespectful. We showed great unity tonight, that’s what that was for. I felt like that was needed.

“We felt like that was the best thing to do. We’re not going to let a guy like that tear us apart. Not just us but this whole entire league.”

Owner Jerry Jones has made it clear he didn’t want players doing anything but standing during the anthem, but he was there with his players before the game, and players said the criticisms from the President were galvanzing.

“This whole week, it was all about the President’s comments,” defensive end Demarcus Lawrence said. “We sat down as a team and we didn’t want to sit here and make it about one person. Everybody speaks and, you know, they say what they want to say but we’re not going to sit here and pinpoint that moment in our life’s and sit here and make it about the President.

“Even though he’s the President, we don’t agree. We feel like that was some dumba– sh– he said. I’m just being real, you know? We stuck together as a team and we wanted to show our unity today.”

Veteran tight end Jason Witten made it clear he’s always going to stand for the anthem because it’s important to him, but he thought his team made a strong statement.

“In my 15 years in this league, the brotherhood I’ve been able to form with guys from different walks, beliefs, thoughts and that’s what makes a locker room special,” Witten said. “I’m going to stand for the national anthem with my hand over my heart until the day I die. And I respect our country and love and honor the service men that represent our flag and one nation under God with liberty and justice for all. I believe in that. I believe in that wholeheartedly. I also can respect and agree to disagree. That’s what a locker room is all about when divisive thoughts come in. There are lots of different ways.

“That’s what special about a locker room because there’s a lot of different opinions, lot of different thoughts. What’s important to us and it’s important for me is that you take the high road and you show unity and you look for a better good. I think our team tried to do that tonight.”

With a three-day window before the next week of games begins, it will be interesting to see if the protests begin to cool, or whether making statements is a season-long event.

50 responses to “Dez Bryant: “It was a team thing. Trump can’t divide this”

  1. When you have a totally and utterly corrupt fascist in the White House we must all take a stand against him, and if its by kneeling then so be it.

  2. Trump is brilliant. Just by responding, they keep his comments alive and relevant. He has been waiting for 31 years to kill the NFL, and he just handed them the gun and they shot themselves.

    what they should have done is say “President Trump has a point, we will not kneel during the anthem not because of him but because we love our country, but we will fight for social justice and against policies we deem harmful” and never mentioned Trump again.

  3. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 26, 2017 at 8:34 am
    When you have a totally and utterly corrupt fascist in the White House we must all take a stand against him, and if its by kneeling then so be it.
    __________________________________________

    *yamn…*

    Someone wake me up when the left gets some new material from Rachel Maddow. This stuff is stale as month-old bread.

  4. Lol- the NFL is alive and well. It is not going away. Can you all say that about Trump? This President will be a small speck of history and always looked back on as a joke. This country is about the freedoms the Constitution allows us, not about eagles, flags, speaking only English and dare I say “Merry Christmas”. This is not “your” country. It is theirs too. Yes, you can have an opinion or take action, but so can they.

  5. pauldeba says:
    September 26, 2017 at 8:45 am
    Trump is brilliant. Just by responding, they keep his comments alive and relevant. He has been waiting for 31 years to kill the NFL, and he just handed them the gun and they shot themselves.

    lol. The NFL isn’t going anywhere dude. This isn’t about Trump killing the NFL. It’s about making sure his citizens are at odds with eachother while continuing to not have health care, while continuing to kill each other with guns in record numbers, and continue to be sent to prison for things that are normal, rational, and acceptable in the rest of the Western world.

  6. The Cowboys handled it in a way that didn’t disrespect the flag, now let’s move on from this, it would help if President Trump would stay off Twitter

  7. I was really annoyed until this weekend. It turned into such a circus it became awesome. Kind of like Brett Favre. He just kept retiring until it became cool.

  8. Racists UNITE: Boycott the NFL! Grab your torches, weapons and Nazi/Confederate flags. Sit at home and shoot the TV.

    Listen to the guy who condemns POWs, dodges the draft and insults parents of fallen heroes. That’ll learn’em.

  9. All Trump said was that the Flag should not be disrespected. And the Cowboys fully complied with his request as did the Cardinals. Whatever they did outside of that is their prerogative and I respect their opinions.

    And BTW, the Cowboys then turned in a good game. Nice job righting the ship guys!

  10. Its all about you…we get it. What the fans think apparently doesn’t matter. Trump echoed tens of millions with his comments. That is just the truth of it. When many of us see using the anthem to protest, we dont like it and see it as divisive. But again, we apparently dont matter.

  11. qdog112 says:
    September 26, 2017 at 9:19 am
    Racists UNITE: Boycott the NFL! Grab your torches, weapons and Nazi/Confederate flags. Sit at home and shoot the TV.

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    What you dont recognize is the sheer volume of middle ground between what you describe and the left wing extremists that think anyone not completely agreeing with them fits your description.

  12. crush22 says:
    September 26, 2017 at 9:29 am
    You got to admit……
    Jerry Jones looked like a complete moron kneeling down with those players with that stupid plastic smile on his grill.

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    Honestly I do not think that. He had his principles and his players had their’s. Together they found a way that everyone’s priciples got respected. Clearly there was conversation (not argument) and agreements reached together. Frankly they set an example we should all pay attention too.

  13. Since his statements have been blown out of proportion, the POTUS posed a hypothetical question…wouldn’t it be nice if…he didn’t call for people to be fired for kneeling or demand people be fired for it like the media makes it out. he simply posed the question of wouldn’t it be nice if! and it WOULD be nice if they got fired for it!

  14. Disabled veteran. Retired teacher. Long long time Cowboy fan from when they played at the old Cotton Bowl. Never again. The NFL doesn’t want care about me and my family so I don’t care about them.

  15. The cowboys kneeling would mean something if they were actually winners. Den Brayan and Jerry Jones need to worry about why more fans from their opponents show up at their stadium then Cowboy fans

  16. So this is about respecting our soldiers ha? Please, any Trump supporters, please explain to me how kneeling during the anthem disrespects our soldiers more that the Orange Idiot playing “tweet roulette” with our soldiers in South Korea’s lives. Getting into a childish war of threats with an equally idiotic adversary that could easily escalate. I’m sure over 100,000 soldiers in South Korea REALLY appreciate the Kindergarten tone being taken by the idiot you all voted for. But don’t worry about them, if anything happens to them Trump will just blame NFL players for kneeling and you will all follow right along.

  17. So the players kneeled prior to the anthem then stood at full attention for the anthem. So what exactly is the complaint now? They did not disrespect the flag. They were kneeling in protest for equality. All those who were upset about disrespecting the flag and the military should be happy. Or is it that you don’t want NFL players to protest at all, which would be a change in opinion.

  18. realitycheck37110 says:

    September 26, 2017 at 9:52 am

    “Disabled veteran. Retired teacher. Long long time Cowboy fan from when they played at the old Cotton Bowl. Never again. The NFL doesn’t want care about me and my family so I don’t care about them.”

    Your statement proves that no matter how black NFL players, or anyone for that matter, choose to protest racial issues people like you will disapprove. The Cowboys knelt BEFORE the anthem and BEFORE the flag was even brought onto the field yet you still disapprove. You don’t disapprove of kneeling during the anthem, you disapprove of minorities expressing concerns of inequality period. Thank you for being honest.

  19. “Disabled veteran. Retired teacher. Long long time Cowboy fan from when they played at the old Cotton Bowl. Never again. The NFL doesn’t want care about me and my family so I don’t care about them.”
    ____________________________________
    Your statement proves that no matter how black NFL players, or anyone for that matter, choose to protest racial issues people like you will disapprove. The Cowboys knelt BEFORE the anthem and BEFORE the flag was even brought onto the field yet you still disapprove. You don’t disapprove of kneeling during the anthem, you disapprove of minorities expressing concerns of inequality period. Thank you for being honest.
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    Winner of the snarkiest response. Not even close.

  20. realitycheck37110 says:
    September 26, 2017 at 9:55 am

    The cowboys kneeling would mean something if they were actually winners. Den Brayan and Jerry Jones need to worry about why more fans from their opponents show up at their stadium then Cowboy fans
    ===========================================
    Did you even watch the game? The Cowboys were playing at AZ last night and nearly half the stadium were Cowboys fans. Good game against a good team.

  21. Trump did the NFL owners a favor by reminding them that they’re business model is based on fan participation. The protesting is turning off fans. NFL is about to become Hollywood where they don’t care if they’re alienating half the country.

  22. Stop the NFL getting a free anti-trust ride.
    GD owners are only interested in the almighty BUCK.
    Harm them in the pocket book.
    These frauds will be sorry backing up the players, a collecting of room temp. IQ’s all following the herd mentality.
    It used to be sports were a vacation from the every day troubles, problems.
    No more.
    Very sad as well.

  23. To all the veterans complaining about being disrespected, what do you have to say about the African American veterans, who came home from Vietnam and the World War’s and were still not allowed to eat at the same restaurants, drink out of the same water fountains and were still called the N-word by those who they fought to protect? I’d like to know your thoughts on that, and I’d also like to know your thoughts on how you would feel if you were considered 3/5 of a person when the national anthem was created.

  24. With a quote like that it’s evident that the players are no longer protesting social injustice – they are protesting the president. Big difference. Too bad the players are too stupid to know the difference.

  25. “Disabled veteran. Retired teacher. Long long time Cowboy fan from when they played at the old Cotton Bowl. Never again. The NFL doesn’t want care about me and my family so I don’t care about them.”

    First, thank you for your service, and my better half is a teacher so double thanks. Having said that, to quote curly bill from tombstone “well…bye”

    They kneeled before the anthem, made a statement of unity wothout desecrating the anthem. You frankly come off as someone just looking to gripe for the sake of griping.

  26. It’s funny … last year Jerry Jones went into the locker room and told his players they WILL NOT protest and will stand for the National Anthem. What happened?

    Inequality???? Criminals gave up their freedom when they broke the law seriously what don’t you understand about that.

  27. Powerful statement by the Cowboys and the Jones family to stand up to Trump in the most conservative of conservative red states in the country.

  28. “It’s funny … last year Jerry Jones went into the locker room and told his players they WILL NOT protest and will stand for the National Anthem. What happened?

    Inequality???? Criminals gave up their freedom when they broke the law seriously what don’t you understand about that.”

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    Apparently you didn’t watch the game. They knelt for a brief amount of time for prayer / unity and then all stood together for the anthem.

  29. raideralex99 says:

    September 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

    “It’s funny … last year Jerry Jones went into the locker room and told his players they WILL NOT protest and will stand for the National Anthem. What happened?”

    It’s funny, that has been proven to be false for over a year now and people still continue to says “Jerry went into the locker room and said”. It used to be that people actually fact checked things they quoted before turning around and spreading false narratives. What happened?

  30. youngnoizecom says:
    September 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

    To all the veterans complaining about being disrespected, what do you have to say about the African American veterans, who came home from Vietnam and the World War’s and were still not allowed to eat at the same restaurants, drink out of the same water fountains and were still called the N-word by those who they fought to protect? I’d like to know your thoughts on that, and I’d also like to know your thoughts on how you would feel if you were considered 3/5 of a person when the national anthem was created.
    ==================================================================================

    WWII ended 72 years ago. Vietnam, 42 years ago. I’m certainly not condoning those actions, (nor do I condone the actions against the American Indian)…BUT last I checked African Americans are allowed to eat at any restaurant or drink from any water fountain they so choose. Also, when the National Anthem is playing and that flag is waiving we are respecting ALL VETERANS.

    Be careful not to trip on what’s behind you.

  31. Did anyone see the NFL game in England, “nothing has been said about it”, but the American players stood for the national anthem of England but sat/kneel for our the American national Anthem.

  32. Wow, has this stuff ever gotten out of hand. First, a washed up QB gets his 15 minutes of fame for being a putz and kneeling for the anthem. Then it becomes about social injustice and the police racial profiling. Let’s go back to the beginning. Even IF the police pull over more blacks than other races, that would be wrong. However, if you are not doing anything illegal, carrying something illegal and you comply, you will not arrested. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Can we get back to football now??????

  33. jimcross1957 says:

    September 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    “Wow, has this stuff ever gotten out of hand. First, a washed up QB gets his 15 minutes of fame for being a putz and kneeling for the anthem. Then it becomes about social injustice and the police racial profiling. Let’s go back to the beginning. Even IF the police pull over more blacks than other races, that would be wrong. However, if you are not doing anything illegal, carrying something illegal and you comply, you will not arrested. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Can we get back to football now??????”

    Can you please tell us about the leprachons, fairies, and unicorns in your world?

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