Dale Hansen calls out Jerry Jones for leaving hat on during anthem

AP

Dale Hansen of WFAA in Dallas has a long history of on-air commentary that calls out the Cowboys when they deserve to be called out. In the aftermath of the team’s anthem mandate, Hansen is calling the Cowboys out.

But he’s not simply pointing out the disconnect between the willingness to give second chances for a wide range of antisocial behavior and the “our way or the highway” approach to the anthem. Hansen points out, with video evidence, that owner Jerry Jones participated in the national anthem played prior to a recent team practice with his hat still on his head.

It’s one of the most basic requirements when it comes to the playing of the anthem. Stand up, remove hat, and place right hand over heart.

“He who makes the rules apparently doesn’t have to follow them,” Hansen said.

When the NFL clumsily enacted Anthem Policy 2.0, which requires all players who enter the field of play to stand for the anthem and respect the flag, the league opened the door for the conduct of owners, fans, and others in the stands during the anthem to be scrutinized.

Already, Jones has committed a faux pas that those who insist on respect for the anthem and the flag wouldn’t tolerate. Regardless of how the anthem policy plays out, those who insist on standing for the anthem and respecting the flag need to be prepared to do the same.

42 responses to “Dale Hansen calls out Jerry Jones for leaving hat on during anthem

  1. Jones sat during the anthem back in 1989 not to protest but because he couldn’t be bothered to do so. A peaceful protest during the anthem isn’t disrespectful, to not even acknowledge it going is.

  2. If only Kaep could have played well enough to beat out a guy names Blaine Gabbert…..this entire thing could have been avoided….

  3. The guy has been in sports for 30+ years and has taken part of thousands of anthems. I’m sure you are all able to find a “gotcha” video clip but 99.9% of the time he follows proper protocol during the anthem. And if confronted about this specific case, he’ll probably acknowledge the gaffe and won’t do it again. There is the difference…

    For all the times that the players say “it’s not about the flag” or the “military” or anything else that they are denying…. then why don’t they just protest at a different time other than during the anthem? Take a knee when they are announcing the team or after the game. Join with opposing players and take a knee then in unity rather than your current stand which divides everyone watching and including those within your own locker room.

  4. Hand over heart is the pledge of allegiance. It is not a basic rule of the national anthem. It only became a norm when George W Bush had to make himself look more patriotic.

  5. Meh……big difference between forgetting your hat, and protesting by taking a knee.
    Nice try……but swing and a BIG miss.
    Stick to your earlier narrative…….it’s doing so well with the fans.

  6. Enormous difference between what was likely an accidental single incident and blatantly, purposefully using the anthem as a platform for protest.

    Seems like that would be pretty simple for an objective mind to put together.

  7. It really is so ridiculous,Jerry Jones sets a mandate …You must stand for the anthem ….That’s it …Done… The idea that Jerry should have to lead by example (99% of the time he does) is absurd….Do as Jerry says not as he does…..The world is fair…not even.

  8. Shame on Jerry for not removing his hat but considering that he has participated in 10000s of anthems throughout his lifetime it seems silly to draw conclusions based on this and perhaps a few other examples. But silly seems to be Dale Hanson’s speed.

  9. Hand over heart is the pledge of allegiance. It is not a basic rule of the national anthem. It only became a norm when George W Bush had to make himself look more patriotic.

    That statement is not even close to true. I was born on an Air Force Base in the early 60’s and lived on base thru the 70’s. At 5:00 everyday the flag was lowered the national anthem played across the base. Everyone stopped what they were doing and faced the direction of the flag. You either placed your hand over your heart or saluted if you were active duty. This was happening long before I was born or before any of the Bush family was in office.

  10. Not to mention the whole league carrying the flag parallel to the ground. This is so much fake patriotism. If having to stand at attention during the anthem is what makes you an American this is a sorry country. I thought paying your taxes and being a good citizen were the primary requirements.

  11. Remember when Jerry. The bastion of integrity was caught wasted in a suburban mall bathroom with those young girls. Yes, he showed He should be the the voice of decorum and what will make the country better….. Maybe he did that 10000s of times.

  12. I’m curious, who’s the judge that determines when the Cowboys “deserve to be called out”?

    Dale Hansen is looking for attention, and you gave it to him.

    Jerry is free to give players second chances that have a troubled past, AND he’s free to require them to stand during the anthem. He is the team owner, after all.

    Having this type of discretion is what makes us individuals. If Hansen has a problem with that, he’s welcome to attempt to buy his own team.

  13. If the protest are not about the anthem and not about military and instead about police brutality then how about hand over heart and the players hold a picture of the one who is a victim of Police brutality. Then step two take this fight to these Police Precints and plaster more pictures of Police brutality in their hands. I guarantee you that would make a far better difference than the way it is being done now. Besides nothing has made a difference in two years of NFl players protest.

  14. bcreason says:
    July 30, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    Hand over heart is the pledge of allegiance. It is not a basic rule of the national anthem. It only became a norm when George W Bush had to make himself look more patriotic.

    That statement is not even close to true. I was born on an Air Force Base in the early 60’s and lived on base thru the 70’s. At 5:00 everyday the flag was lowered the national anthem played across the base. Everyone stopped what they were doing and faced the direction of the flag. You either placed your hand over your heart or saluted if you were active duty. This was happening long before I was born or before any of the Bush family was in office.
    ————————————————————————————
    I was an active duty Air Force Airman from 1989 to 1993. All military personnel had to stop, orientate toward the flag and salute. Civilian and other workers stopped but did not have to put a hand over their heart! All they have to do it stop and orientate themselves toward the flag. Some stood at attention, parade rest or some would put their hand over their chest but none of this is a requirement.

  15. dutch388 says:
    July 30, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    Meh……big difference between forgetting your hat, and protesting by taking a knee.
    Nice try……but swing and a BIG miss.
    Stick to your earlier narrative…….it’s doing so well with the fans.

    —————–

    He was reminded to remove his hat but still didn’t. This isn’t him just forgetting, just him thinking he is above everyone else.

  16. cruzcowboy says:
    July 30, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    We talking about practice? Practice!?
    ————

    Say no more. You just clearly declared that the Anthem doesn’t deserve respect during practice because, well it’s just practice…

  17. If the NFL didn’t play the Anthem prior to games, how would these protestors protest? What do they honestly do to back up their actions of kneeling for social injustice without the cameras rolling? Or do they just just kneel for the cameras? I’m sure some players work for positive change, but I feel many do it for show and attention. That’s why I see this as being disrespectful to the flag and country.

  18. To those saying the hand over the heart is not an official code of conduct let me help you out.

    b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
    ……..
    (C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and….

    And if you think I copied and pasted false information let me help you out again with an actual link so you can read it in full for yourself.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/36/301

  19. Google Jerrah and the Anthem. There is a video of him sitting in his seat with some big breasted starlet next to him and he didn’t even stand up (pardon the pun).

  20. I worked a festival this past weekend. Midwest small town festival but it draws from all the other small towns in the area. I’d suspect there were about 40,000 to 50,000 people there. 99.99999% white like myself. When the anthem played I saw thousands upon thousands of people going on about their business as they did before and after the anthem played. Nearly everyone was eating food or in line to buy food to eat. Not one person did anything different before, during or after the song was over.

    This whole thing is ridiculous. This is just more hypocrisy. It’s ok when I don’t do it but you…

  21. They were already scrutinized. When ever u c someone talking or moving around during the anthem in public u would think, idiot. So stop pushing that false narrative, I know u think its some smart challenge to people who are against the nfl players who disrespect the country, but its not. People had a problem with those who dont take off there hat, put their hand on their heart, and shutup for about a century. Thats why you know that thats what your suppose to do when its played.

  22. Stephen Jones is seen telling Jerry to remove his hat and Jerry says “I can’t”. Jerry did not have his toupee on. Will he ever admit it publicly? If not will players leave their helmets on as a show of protest. As a veteran, I’m proud of Jerry’s stance on the Anthem but he’s got himself in quite a pickle.

  23. Look at all those running to defend him. You guys are just as big of Patriots as your man Don the Con who also can’t even remember the words to God Bless America.

  24. So one person intentionally does something to protest during the anthem and another person unintentionally fails to follow a protocol during the national anthem. Ok!!! Apples to gloryholes people!

  25. I read a great idea a day or so ago
    It recommended that the playing of the National Anthem NOT be televised

    This will void out the media marketing off of this issue

    There will be teams that allow kneeling & staying off the field until it’s played

    So no publicity will air who did/didnt participate

  26. I’m going to Dallas on Thanksgiving for the Cowboys vs. Redskins game (GO SKINS!!!). But I think I will take a page out of Jerry playbook and keep my hat during the anthem or better yet keep that hat on and not stand.

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