Jerry Jones declines comment on why he kept his hat on during anthem

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke for the first time since he failed to remove his baseball cap during the playing of the national anthem. It happened two weeks ago at the opening of training camp in Oxnard, California, with Dale Hansen of Dallas-Fort Worth’s WFAA calling out Jones with video evidence of Jones violating the United States Flag Code.

On Sunday, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News asked Jones if he had a comment about it. Jones answered, “No. No. No.”

Jones has said the Cowboys have a team policy that requires players to stand with “toes on the line” during the playing of the national anthem. Executive vice president Stephen Jones has made it even more clear that standing for the anthem is a requirement, not a request.

The Cowboys are one of the few teams never to have had a player protest during the national anthem.

96 responses to “Jerry Jones declines comment on why he kept his hat on during anthem

  1. I hope someone here has been keeping track of all the people here talking about how Jerry honors the anthem like it should be. It’d be funny to see all the posters over the last few months eat their words today.

    It’s not about patriotism people, it’s about rich people making money off of patriotism. Which in my opinion is it’s own form of patriotism because it’s exactly what America is all about, but that point’s lost on the people who believe in the make believe.

  2. What’s the point here? Pretty sure the standers have been complaining about the outright defiance from the kneelers. I haven’t heard anyone nitpick this petty stuff.

  3. Everyone knows the NFL told him he isn’t allowed to talk about the Anthem issue. So leave your hat on and everyone else will do the talking for you.

  4. Cool. So he won’t stop blathering about the players’ responsibility to respect the anthem, but becomes completely silent about his own responsibility about respecting the anthem. Shocking! He ouldn’t even admit it was a mistake and apologize with some lame excuse.

  5. As a Veteran I can’t get upset about a 97 yr old man who forgets taking his hat off or forgetting to cut Dez till after the draft ect… he’s just old…lol

  6. .
    cuz it aint about the anthem… never was.
    but sure keep telling us it is to try and change the narrative.

  7. “The Cowboys are one of the few teams never to have had a player protest during the national anthem”
    What about when they all took a knee? That included Jerry.

  8. Comparing someone who forgets to remove their hat and someone that is purposely disrespecting the flag of the US is extreme intellectual dishonesty. And stupid.

  9. I stand a remove my cover during any National Anthem out of respect.

    Including respect for whoever is out there singing it before 20,000-80,000 people.

    Not for the flag or the military. Just for whoever is performing.

  10. How about his players? Did they remove their hats and “toe on the line” during this as well, as you all seem to think it’s “as instructed”? This is no simply S- slinging at its finest. It was the opening of training camp. This has gone off the rails, and there really is no coming back.

  11. Claiming someone kneeling during the anthem is “disrespecting the flag” is extreme intellectual dishonesty, hypocrisy, and stupid.

  12. “The Cowboys are one of the few teams never to have had a player protest during the national anthem”
    What about when they all took a knee? That included Jerry.

    They all stood up IMMEDIATELY before the anthem started!! Not only did it include JJ, but all the coaches & team members, showed solidarity as a team!!!! They are STILL one of the few teams to never have a player protest during the National Anthem 🙂

  13. Jones is a phony patriot just like his boy Trump; who by the way, doesn’t even know the words to the anthem, never mind what they stand for.

  14. bighittz56 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:17 pm
    Comparing someone who forgets to remove their hat and someone that is purposely disrespecting the flag of the US is extreme intellectual dishonesty. And stupid.
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    What is “extreme intellectual dishonesty” is to try and make taking a stand against injustice about “disrespecting a flag (I guess you can disrespect a piece of cloth now?)” or the military. As a US military veteran, we pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States, with our lives if need be, not a song or a piece of cloth. These are just symbols that are supposed to represent Justice. Some choose to worship the symbols. The players that are putting the symbols into action. The weak spend their lives worshiping symbols. The strong put them into action!

  15. Hold da bus! It’s not confirmed that he forgot…”no comment”, member?

    The reality is one of two: he did it on purpose, making him a hypocrite, and an idiot based on his stance.

    Or, it was accidental. It happens. But this is the guy that runs/owns the organization.

    How many accidents and/or hypocrisies are okay?

  16. I missed the part where he admitted to forgetting.

    The reality is one of 2, imo: he forgot, as some assume. That’s tolerably bad, as he owns/runs the organization and he made such a declaration related to patriotism.

    Or, he wasn’t mindful that what he asks of the team applies to all in the organization.

    Bah! Mebbe there are more, but it’s likely not positive, if you’re able to be unbiased.

  17. Ohhhhh the hypocrisy! In this era of “excuse makers” many of you supporters of 45 will make and accept excuses for this. This is the America we live in today. SMH

  18. bighittz56 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:17 pm
    Comparing someone who forgets to remove their hat and someone that is purposely disrespecting the flag of the US is extreme intellectual dishonesty. And stupid.
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    Extreme intellectual dishonesty? Change the last word to deficiency. Because ANYONE who suggests that kneeling, which was suggested by Navy’ SEAL Nate Boyer as a way to still show RESPECT, strongly suggests you’re either deficient intellectually or just choose to twist the narrative however you see fit

  19. Because he’s going thru the motions. Like they all are. Of all the places to start an event with the national anthem, a football game is the last.

    Seriously, is getting tanked on over priced beer and ridiculous heart stopping food while grown men crash into one another for 4 hours 3X per week playing a game honoring America and sacrifice? Or is it an excuse to over indulge?

    Good grief…

  20. I’m from Dallas, so I speak Cowboy. “No, No, No” translates to “Goshdangit ya got me but my ego is the size of the great State of Texas, so just like our Supreme Leader I can’t apologize or ever admit I was wrong about anything, especially pseudo-Patriotism, so ya’all just git — git now, ya hear me?”

  21. bighittz56 says:
    “August 12, 2018 at 11:17 pm
    Comparing someone who forgets to remove their hat and someone that is purposely disrespecting the flag of the US is extreme intellectual dishonesty. And stupid”.

    No, what’s really stupid is Jerry Jones forgetting to remove his hat after all that’s gone down. Intellectually speaking of course.

  22. billzbubb says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:34 pm
    Claiming someone kneeling during the anthem is “disrespecting the flag” is extreme intellectual dishonesty, hypocrisy, and stupid.

    Go back and read Kaepernicks statement that started all this then come back with corrected homework. But this is one of those AHAA moments that folks who are wrong try to use as cover for their actions.

    One guy with hat protesting nothing compared to hundred or so doing it intentionally because they are perpetrating manipulated data and a false narrative? At least be honest. We see right through the disingenuous cloud.

  23. If you look at the video of the incident and do some minimal lip reading, it was because he didn’t have his toupee’ on. When Stephen Jones leans over and tells him to take his hat off, Jerry says,”I can’t”. Stephen says, “your hair?” and Jerry says “yes, my hair”.

  24. I see many sports fans at all kinds of sports events who don’t remove their hats, either. It’s done mostly because of ignorance of flag etiquette.

    I will say again — there is only one answer for all the disgracing of our National Anthem and our flag — STOP PLAYING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SPORTING EVENTS!!

    I would much rather see them stop playing the Anthem than to see it disgraced either intentionally or by ignorance.

  25. Look out Jerry some parts of the media will be all over you watching every move waiting for you to do something they can run up a flagpole. You see it is all about being fair and balanced. Fair is falling in line to the way they think, and balanced is going after anything that doesn’t fall in line with the way they think.

  26. nyneal says:
    August 13, 2018 at 7:53 am
    I see many sports fans at all kinds of sports events who don’t remove their hats, either. It’s done mostly because of ignorance of flag etiquette.

    I will say again — there is only one answer for all the disgracing of our National Anthem and our flag — STOP PLAYING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SPORTING EVENTS!!

    I would much rather see them stop playing the Anthem than to see it disgraced either intentionally or by ignorance.

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    We’re using completely opposite mathematics to get there, but at least we’re coming up with a common solution, hahaha

  27. wallabear says:
    August 13, 2018 at 8:08 am
    Because, like Colin Kaepernick, Mr. Jones did not think that he was offending anyone.

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    Right and wrong. In the beginning when Kaep was simply pouring after being benched he did not think he was offending anyone. But afterwards, when his agent told him he looked like a petulant child, Kaep went out of his way to offend people.

  28. I’m pretty sure it’s hard to remember to keep your toes on the line AND take your hat off, not to mention that Jerry thought he had a cat on his head, and there is no rule about removing your cat during the anthem. Patriotism is more difficult than Jerry knew. Poor Jerry.

  29. Just like his President buddy he blusters,he threatens,he indimidates those under him to walk a fine line yet he is above the rules he sets.what kind of country loving American doesnt take his hat off during the Anthem? ignorant ones.

  30. honalulublue says:
    “..Probably forgot his hat was on. You morons grasp for anything…”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
    Wow. Just WOW.

  31. honalulublue says:
    August 13, 2018 at 9:55 am
    “Probably forgot his hat was on. You morons grasp for anything”.

    Actually the moron would be the person who forgot he was wearing a hat.

  32. “Probably forgot his hat was on. You morons grasp for anything.”
    _________________

    Imagine if this excuse had been put forward by a player: “He hates his country so much that he can’t even be bothered to check to see if he is wearing a hat when the national anthem is played.”

    The anthem is either a legitimate issue or it isn’t. And if you’re going to excuse some guys for not following proper etiquette you have lost all right to complain about others.

  33. For those who think that Jerry did not know that he was wearing a cap: He was told that his cap was on but he ignored it and continued to wear his cap anyway. That is why he did not claim that it was an honest mistake afterwards. He chose to wear his cap. May be he did not know that he is not allowed to do so during the national anthem. From now on there may be a camera pointed at Jerry Jones to see if he will take off his cap in the future. BTW, I wonder if a toupee counts as a cap. LOL May be he thought he was wearing a toupee.

  34. I don’t usually wear a hat and I’ve done that as well. I caught it about half-way through the anthem. It is likely JJ did the same. Stuff like that happens. Some may believe he was told and ignored it but what exactly was said and when? Did they say it specifically because of the anthem or was JJ supposed to make that connection? I’m not trying to make excuses. If he intentionally kept it on during the anthem as that is the same as kneeling when it comes to the code. I just think it is more likely that he behaved the same way he always does during the anthem and either forgot he was still wearing the hat or forgot the hat required behavior different than normal.

  35. Big Deal,……… not.
    He forgot. Watch a sporting event where they pan the crowd while playing the natl anthem. People forget to remove their hats. Why castrate him over a simple lapse of thought.

  36. If kneeling is respectful according to one SEAL then why don’t they do it at military funerals?

    INtentional displays voicing disagreement with situations is in now way the same as leaving a hay on for no particular reason. That’s a child’s argument.

  37. “HE FORGOT!”

    They literally announce the anthem by saying “please remove your hats and stand for the national anthem”.

    FFS, “patriots” are morons.

  38. “The Cowboys are one of the few teams never to have had a player protest during the national anthem”

    How did that help them make/win in the playoffs? Oops, it didn’t.

  39. A patriot when it’s convenient for HIM. Similar to some of you all in the comment section.. Cheers!!!

  40. itsalwaysabout says:
    If kneeling is respectful according to one SEAL then why don’t they do it at military funerals?
    —————-
    I had no idea that NFL games were sacred events like military funerals! That argument is a false equivalency. No one is protesting the flag or protesting the anthem. They are protesting police violence towards unarmed black men, which is documented on many, many videos. Changing the subject to “they’re protesting the anthem and the flag” is just a bs way to get them to stop protesting violence committed by police officers – and funny how those officers are rarely charged, even when gunning down someone who is unarmed.

    Patriotism is the last resort of the scoundrel.

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