Cowboys players give a collective shrug at anthem policy

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The Cowboys are one of only a handful of teams not to have a player protest during the national anthem, and owner Jerry Jones recently reiterated his stance on the issue.

It sounds as if Cowboys players will continue to abide by Jones’ wishes and stand for the anthem as no one in the team’s locker room Wednesday appeared upset at the NFL’s new anthem policy.

“I’m pretty sure we all know kind of what Jerry said, his statement last year. I don’t see that changing,” quarterback Dak Prescott said. “. . . I’m glad they came to an agreement. I’ll be out there standing.”

Even the Cowboys’ new players are ready to stand for the anthem.

“I’m the type of person that I respect the people that’s over there fighting for us,” new receiver Tavon Austin said. “Whoever want to sit down, that’s on them. Whoever want to stand up, same to them, too. I’m the type of person that I believe in what I believe in, and I stand on it.”

The NFL’s new policy calls for all league and team personnel on the field to stand during the playing of the anthem while eliminating the requirement that all league and team personnel be on the field for the playing of the song. It also calls for the league to discipline teams whose personnel do not comply with the policy and allows teams to set their own “work rules” regarding players who do not stand during the playing of the song.

“I feel like I’m not an owner . . . yet,” defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said, “so I can’t make none of those rules. I’ve just got to abide by them. It’s still a business at the end of the day, so it is what it is.”

While Ezekiel Elliott said “it’s guys’ opinion to do whatever they want to do,” team captain Sean Lee was adamant that the issue won’t divide the locker room.

“I think it’s a passionate issue, and I think it’s going to take time,” Lee said. “This is something that’s not just going to change. I think this is something that over time, you have to continue to work to respect each other’s views, and it’s not going to be easy. Hopefully something will come where we all work to move forward and agree with each other.

“But . . . we’ve had conversations in the past about respecting each other’s beliefs. We know we’re teammates. This is a brotherhood here and we’re working toward a common goal, and at times, people have different views. The No. 1 thing we talked about is making sure we support each other; that we stay together; we stay unified; and we support each other. I think that’s what we’ll do going forward.”

15 responses to “Cowboys players give a collective shrug at anthem policy

  1. That’s because rational people don’t view this as a big deal. They get paid millions of dollars to play a game for about 6 months out of the year. They’re thanking their lucky stars for that opportunity.

  2. IF (big if)they were smart- the players could really cause some issues to the owners by all players kneeling- as the teams gets fined- costing the owners money- they would be able to usurp some power back – just another bargaining chip, but it is doubtful to actually happen as 2 people can’t even agree on why the sky is blue let alone 1500+ players

  3. If you were going to ban kneeling Goodell should of done it 2 years ago. You ticked off the fans who were against kneeling by doing nothing and now ticking off the fans for it. Then your adding penalties that are hard to determine which fans will have no idea what is a penalty and which is not.

  4. I’m wondering if Jerry Jones gets upset about players committing assault as he does about them standing during the anthem?

    It’s not like Jones was too bothered by Michael Irvin stabbing Everett McIver with scissors (over a haircut), which ended McIver’s playing career. Jones also worked hard to try to get Ezekiel Elliott suspension for domestic violence waved. But they both held their hand over their heart for the anthem, so it’s not like they’re unpatriotic.

  5. At least the Cowboys can make a rational decision about this unlike those turds from Santa Clara and their clown of an owner.

  6. I hope they all squat – over 45, 15 yard penalties ready to be served – the NFL needs to allow them to be forced against the perpetrators on various possessions by the good team. This could give the ball to the good guys on repeated possessions at the Cowboy 1 yard line.

  7. Comm. R. Goodall clearly reillerated that the kneeling protest was never unpatriotic. But the media & others hyped up society while misconstrueing the original intents.
    But most these responses are still addressing kneeling as disrespectful
    Kneeling suggest now g down, prayer, & respect to the highest by reducing oneself
    As an honorably discharged disabled vet I agree with the mass majority of us veterans in that we serve fight &even die for ALL Americans to exercise ALL if their inalienable rights & NO person or even elite group of people, (veterans especially), can’t deny
    BOTTONLINE
    Respect oneself, one’s country & one’s God-given rights
    FREEDOM IS LIBERALITY DEFENDED AT ALL COST
    Not special interests

  8. Ivan Pavlov says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    I’m wondering if Jerry Jones gets upset about players committing assault as he does about them standing during the anthem?

    It’s not like Jones was too bothered by Michael Irvin stabbing Everett McIver with scissors (over a haircut), which ended McIver’s playing career. Jones also worked hard to try to get Ezekiel Elliott suspension for domestic violence waved. But they both held their hand over their heart for the anthem, so it’s not like they’re unpatriotic.

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    Elliott never charged, arrested, civil suit filed against. Nothing. The NFL investigator did recommend no punishment because she found the female accuser a liar. Goodell being the NYGiant fan he was and Mara’s lover didn’t care about any of this. Goodell is a POS and anyone that stands with him is too. Case in point is Eli Manning defrauding people out of cash and The League doing nothing … what’s that about The League’s Personal Conduct Policy again?????

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