Jerry Jones searches for an anthem compromise

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When Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met with the media for the first time in months, the magic word was “grace.” Now, it could be “compromise.”

Via Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones said in an appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he’s hoping to find a middle ground when it comes to potential protests during the national anthem.

One possibility would be to kneel before the anthem and stand during it, as the Cowboys did for their first game after the President’s sons-of-bitches attack on players who kneel during the anthem sparked protests throughout the league.

Jones also said he plans to talk about the issue with defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who has vowed to kneel.

Jones’ Tuesday comments come four days after he said this on 105.3 The Fan: “Everybody knows where I stand on the anthem. Everybody knows where the Cowboys stand. But I’ve got everybody’s back around here, too. And we’ll work through it as it comes.”

The time may have come, frankly, for the Commissioner to talk to Jones. At a time when the Commissioner has tried to make it clear that he supports players who protest, the support is meaningless unless the individual team owners feel the same way. Roger Goodell should tell Jerry Jones, in plain and simple terms, that there must be complete support for players when it comes to whatever decision they make, and that there should be no effort to talk them out of it.

Without that kind of guidance/mandate from the league office, Jones undoubtedly will try to sweet-talk and/or strong-arm players into standing for the anthem. Given that Jones plans to host fans for every 2020 home game (Texas currently allows up to 50-percent capacity for sporting events), Jones won’t want to set the stage for fans booing and/or boycotting in the event that kneeling happens.

Frankly, what Jones wants shouldn’t matter. The league should be setting the policy. And if the Commissioner won’t be telling teams what can and can’t be said or done regarding the national anthem, what’s the point in even having the Commissioner comment on whether he does or doesn’t support player protests?

58 responses to “Jerry Jones searches for an anthem compromise

  1. You can’t “have everyone’s back” but also expect players to compromise on an issue of importance to them. Something has to give.

  2. mysticmane92 says:
    August 25, 2020 at 10:48 am
    You can’t “have everyone’s back” but also expect players to compromise on an issue of importance to them. Something has to give.

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    The issue can be very important to the players…..and they should pursue it on their own time. When they are at work, it is their employer’s time. But let me throw out a compromise. Let the players kneel during the anthem. And the cost for doing so is that the player then donates his game check to a charity of their choosing. Let’s see how important the issue really is to them.

  3. “Frankly, what Jones wants shouldn’t matter. ”
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    Well he does own the team and sign the paychecks, so most reasonable people would argue that what he wants really does matter.

  4. The policy on not standing for the anthem should be:

    1st offense: 2 game suspension with no pay.

    2nd offense: 4 game suspension with no pay.

    3rd offense: 8 game suspension with no pay.

    4th offense: Banned for life.

  5. Playing the national anthem is an attempt to tie playing football with patriotism.

    Playing the national anthem in any sporting event, other than the Olympics is pointless. Athletes are playing football because of money, they aren’t out there representing their country.

    There are exceptions, if they football on Veterans Day (etc) play the anthem. That’s more meaningful than spamming the anthem at every opportunity.

  6. Sorry I cant agree with Jerry. It sounds like the “good old boys network” line of BS.

  7. How about do nothing? If players want to kneel, let them kneel. If the owner doesn’t feel compelled to release a statement of support, fine. Everybody needs to stop freaking about about this.

    Also, having the players line up and listen to the national anthem in a stadium with no fans is extremely silly.

  8. It’s just like who cares anymore? Just let them kneel if they want to kneel, let them do headstands and spin around like a top, I don’t care just play football.

  9. both have their reasons

    do away with it as it causes a division for ones who stand for their reasons

    Both are right – – so hug it out

  10. But what matters is that the large majority of fans want to hear the anthem and don’t support kneeling during it. The players can do it a different time. But they want to stir the pot and cause a rift.

  11. I hope he draws the line and tell everyone to stand. Not because its the right thing, but because its the wrong thing and I hope it blows up in his face.

    Lets be clear – THE PLAYERS ARE THE GAME. If the majority choose to kneel, they can’t cut them all. They can’t even cut most of them. There’s salary camp implications to it, not to mention the talent pool you’re cutting off.

    if he draws the line and the players pull rank, there won’t be anything Jerry can really do for anyone who actually understands both how the game works, and also understands how life works.

    Labor has a lot of power if it chooses to wield it. I hope Jerry puts egg on his face here.

  12. ariani1985 says:
    August 25, 2020 at 10:49 am
    Don’t cave in Jerry! 90 percent don’t even know what they are kneeling for!
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    90% that are against the protest don’t know why the players are kneeling but it gives them an opportunity to reaffirm their them against us mentality .

  13. mysticmane92 says:
    August 25, 2020 at 10:48 am
    You can’t “have everyone’s back” but also expect players to compromise on an issue of importance to them. Something has to give.
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    If the players stand during the Anthem, but kneel in demonstration at some other time, before or after the Anthem how is that a compromise to the players? The players keep saying that there demonstrations are not about the flag or the Anthem, so what does it matter to them when they demonstrate? I have often thought if they wanted to do something dramatic and take the conversation away from the Anthem, the flag, patriotism, and whatnot, why not kneel in the field before the opening kickoff of each half? It avoids the Anthem controversy and unlike the demonstrations during the Anthem which is not often televise, it would be seen on television every game.

  14. I believe the league is going to suffer a real hit financially because of the political stances of the players. Jones is going to feel that hit a lot worse than Goodell will.

  15. Again….the cure….no national anthem. Just a “Welcome to today’s game” from the PA announcer and off we go. Let sports be sports. There are PLENTY of other opportunities to honor the flag.

  16. Compromising with Jerry Jones is, quite literally, acquiescing to The Man. It would completely defeat the purpose of a protest. Either kneel or don’t and give Jerry Jones no say in the matter.

  17. “But what matters is that the large majority of fans want to hear the anthem and don’t support kneeling during it”.

    You don’t speak for “the large majority of fans”. You don’t speak for anyone but yourself. And please try to express an original thought instead of parroting regressive talking points.

  18. I got a compromise. Stop playing the anthem. Don’t give them anything to kneel during (or for, or against). They get plenty of mics in their face pre and post game, speak on your issues then. Don’t clog up my TV with the BS that I get plenty of from 24/7 news coverage.

  19. mschurm1 says:
    August 25, 2020 at 11:45 am
    I believe the league is going to suffer a real hit financially because of the political stances of the players. Jones is going to feel that hit a lot worse than Goodell will.

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    No, it won’t. Look at the NBA. Growing rapidly. NFL will be fine, even if all the players knelt.

  20. Such BS. It is within a players constitutional right to kneel during the anthem. It just is. The President takes an oath to defend the constitution, as such, he needs to defend players who take a knee. That is a fact. But these days, when facts don’t matter and what a person wants to believe is all that matters we end up with a divided country because so many of us have sacrificed common sense at the alter of Fox News misinformation.

  21. Its Jones team. So from a league perspective Goodell can say its ok but due to their business structure each team can make their own choice. The team even has a stronger position because they are the ones that actually employ and pay the player. Most owners have either said they support it or have simply decided not to die on that hill. Either way their players have permission. But Jones apparently does not feel the same way. Its going to be up to Jones’s players to decide how they feel. If they simply don’t want to play for him over this they do have that right. If it impacts Jones’s ability to get the players He wants then he is free to reassess. And if it doesn’t affect anything then life goes on.

  22. Problem is that one can’t legitimately debate the entire scope of BLM! May have started as a single point, but, now it’s morphed into a all encompassing movement that not all can morally condone!

  23. Frankly, what Jones wants shouldn’t matter.

    — In what world do you even remotely believe this? He owns the team, of course what Jones wants matters.

  24. Look, as painful as it is to admit as a Vikings fan, the Packers did it right — they all stood and locked arms. That simultaneously showed respect for the flag and solidarity against minority discrimination. What the heck is so hard about that?

  25. HeavyD says:
    August 25, 2020 at 12:12 pm
    Such BS. It is within a players constitutional right to kneel during the anthem. It just is. The President takes an oath to defend the constitution, as such, he needs to defend players who take a knee. That is a fact. But these days, when facts don’t matter and what a person wants to believe is all that matters we end up with a divided country because so many of us have sacrificed common sense at the alter of Fox News misinformation.

    Wow… constitutional right to take a political stand while representing you’re employer, at work? SMH

  26. Go ahead and kneel , There are more important places for my money to go and it sure isn’t to the non essential athletes

  27. Wasn’t the whole point of the kneeling to bring awareness? Seems like that has been accomplished and it’s time to actually do something.

  28. What is gained in this democracy when people are forced to stand to observe a song that celebrates independence from tyranny?

  29. Earth to Jerry. The players are going to kneel no matter what you think or what you do. Your uninvited meddling makes them dig in with even more resistance. Give it a rest, JJ. Tell us about your Cowboy Yacht Girls.

  30. I have the perfect solution. Everyone stays standing during the anthem. After the anthem both teams, staff, and officals if they chose to also walk out to the hash marks on the field and take a knee for a few minutes. Shows unity and can still be a protest without offending anyone. Plus since no negative from the anthem I believe would have a stronger affect. Instead of dividing more people it could unit them.

  31. bucdale says:
    August 25, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    How bout playing the National Anthem before the players come out on to the field?
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    Just like they do at college games.

  32. When patriotism is forced by any entity (ex. team rules, pledge of allegiance at school), patriotism feels far less patriotic.

  33. Kneel for the 1st half and stand for the 2nd half of the anthem. That’s compromise.

  34. No anthem at football events. Have a moment of silence and kneel before games.
    Problem solved

  35. Fans:’I don’t want politics in football’

    (Unless it’s the anthem)

    Americans are way too over the top patriotic

  36. mm556 says:
    August 25, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Fans:’I don’t want politics in football’

    (Unless it’s the anthem)

    Americans are way too over the top patriotic

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    The thing is that until recently that national anthem was not a controversial topic across the majority of the political spectrum. Then again, neither was basic law and order….

  37. They could stop forcing their employees to take a stand on patriotism by not playing the national anthem during professional sporting events.

  38. God, I just want sports to be about sports again!

    Sports is supposed to be an escape from all of this. We don’t need to watch the NFL to get a political message; we can get that any time and any where we want.

  39. Legally, Jerry cannot make the players stand.

    And if he cuts them or tries to suspend them or take salary from them, they will sue and they will win.

    If kneeling for the anthem is considered “speech” or a political stance, then standing for the anthem is also considered a political stance or speech. Owners, or employers, cannot fire, terminate, or retatliate against their employees simply because their employees are not parroting their political speech.

    This country is great because we can kneel to show our disdain with the way things are in this country. Criticizing our government is American 101, that’s how we make it better.

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