Dontari Poe “leaning toward” kneeling, hoping to hear from Jerry Jones

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Forty-two days have passed since a former Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has not talked publicly since the draft in April.

Richard Sherman has noticed. Gerald McCoy has noticed.

So, too, has new Cowboys defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

“His silence definitely means a lot because in any other situation [he] will have something to say about most things,” Poe told Kalyn Kahler of The Bleacher Report. “I was once a proponent of doing stuff behind closed doors, and doing what I need to do not out in the forefront. . . . So hopefully he is doing that, but who knows what he is doing? . . . Personally, I would hope that he comes out and says, ‘OK, I am willing to help. I am willing to fight, and I am willing to be with y’all.'”

The team shared a video on social media calling for social justice, but Jones was conspicuously absent.

No Cowboys player ever has protested during the national anthem, but it seems unlikely that continues this season.

Poe took a knee after President Trump called NFL players who kneel “sons of bitches.” Poe played for the Falcons in 2017 when he and Grady Jarrett knelt before the Falcons’ Week Three game.

Poe signed with the Cowboys in the offseason and said he is “definitely leaning toward” kneeling this season.

“To be honest, if I did kneel, how could somebody say they don’t understand it for what it is? If you don’t understand it, then you just don’t want to know it,” Poe said.

Poe said new head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula have voiced support for the fight against systemic racism during Zoom meetings. He would love to hear from Jones.

“Haven’t talked to Jerry at all,” Poe said. “I hope he comes out and shows his support. You are an owner of an NFL team. You get what I’m saying? The majority of this team are these people that are being oppressed. So even if you are not going to be in the forefront, we need to know we have your support in that type of way.”

8 responses to “Dontari Poe “leaning toward” kneeling, hoping to hear from Jerry Jones

  1. I’m pretty sure that Jerry Jones doesn’t speak on most subjects. He tends to want to talk about football, with some attention on business. Taking sides on social issues is not good for business, and Jones might even understand that his opinion is too biased/privileged/etc to mean much anyways.

  2. Why does an NFL team owner need to speak on something that’s not in his bank of business. It’s refreshing not to hear everyone’s opinions on everything.

  3. Jerry Jones runs his big fat yap on many things, including kneeling during the anthem. I hope every Cowboy kneels and forces their incompetent, mouthy, idiot owner to face the music.

  4. Hey Poe, Jerry has already addressed this very clearly. No one is forcing you to stay on the team.

  5. Looks like Poe might be planning on kneeling right out the front door if he keeps it up.

  6. “The majority of this team are these people that are being oppressed.”

    Please tell me how these privileged millionaire athletes are at all “oppressed.” This is just an amazing thing to say. And I get that there are some blacks who are oppressed in this country. But these guys?

    Keep talking, keep watching your TV ratings drop.

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