Jerry Jones: Player protests, even during anthem, are “genuine ask for help”

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The Cowboys have never had a player protest during the national anthem, with the players having adhered to owner Jerry Jones’ edict to stand “with toes on the line.”

That will change Sunday.

Defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who signed with the Cowboys during the offseason, already has said he plans to kneel, and running back Ezekiel Elliott confirmed in an interview for today’s PFTPM Podcast that some teammates will join the protest against social injustice.

Jones appeared to soften his stance on the national anthem last week on his radio show, allowing for wiggle room due to “the times we’re in.”

He was asked two questions about the national anthem Tuesday morning.

“That is a huge issue. Huge,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com. “You know by just the nature of the way that I run the team, how much I appreciate the interest that’s in the Dallas Cowboys. Now, I know there’s interest just because they want to see us get beat, but still the big interest is there. I’m very sensitive to that. That’s exactly why I have said that I want our players to be very sensitive to just how important it is to the majority of our fans, more than any other team, the majority of our fans how sensitive they are recognizing what this great country is and what the flag stands for. Everybody knows where I stand, and there’s no equivocation there at all. I feel fortunate to be a part of the entity, the Dallas Cowboys, and a sport that has that much interest. Consequently, I want everybody to understand that if any player that is standing out there has a serious, serious, serious awareness of the kind of sensitivity that is there, and they ask for help with that in mind. In a way that you would ask for help. It’s not good to be obstreperous or anything if you’re asking people to see through your eyes and see it in your way. It’s important to show the kind of grace. I’m very confident that on both sides, our players as well as our fans, that we can come together for grace. It’s all about trying hard to move the ball forward to see where the other guy is coming from. Not necessarily to agree, but to see where he is coming from. I hope the Dallas Cowboys can be part of that just because that’s of interest in what we’re talking about.”

Jones obviously would prefer that players stand. He’s made that clear. But he also sounds resigned to the fact that some players are going to kneel this year.

A compromise, which Jones coordinated in 2017 when the entire team joined him in kneeling before the national anthem and standing for the anthem, appears highly unlikely this time.

Jones hopes fans won’t turn their backs on the team.

“I would expect the Cowboys to show great sensitivity, and I hope fans will receive it, however each individual presents it, that it’s a genuine ask for help, because right now in our society, we’ve got some things we need to address.” Jones said.

16 responses to “Jerry Jones: Player protests, even during anthem, are “genuine ask for help”

  1. Telling priveliged racists that you will no longer sit still with their boot on your neck is not “asking for help.”

  2. If half stand and half kneel
    you just hope that doesn’t cause a schism in the locker room
    not good
    some will stand for $$$ reasons and kiss up to Jerry and some kneel because they are set or really believe in why they are kneeling
    Tough spot to be in- – All in as a team – it will cause some tension – no doubt

  3. Sorry, but the protests alone are not enough to bring about the change that protesters say they are clamoring for.

    What is being done or even said about the killings taking place in Chicago on any given week? We can’t continue to focus on ONE issue without addressing all related issues.

    The perpetual silence about what’s happening in Chicago from those who are protesting is deafening.

  4. Then tell these players to get in the ghettos and help the inner city violence and do something about it. Why do they have to ask for help – they should put sometihng together and be the change. not just always ask for it form others.

  5. As a life long Cowboy fan, veteran, and most importantly a United States citizen, I won’t support the Cowboys in any shape or form if players are allowed to disrespect the flag and country. Yes, it’s disrespectful! It’s a tribute to America and those who gave their lives for it! There’s no reason to kneel during the anthem when there’s many, many more places, including social media platforms to do that on while not in a Dallas Cowboys uniform. Jerry, you just lost me and many other Cowboy fans I personally know who feel the same way.

  6. nunya says:
    September 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm
    Sorry, but the protests alone are not enough to bring about the change that protesters say they are clamoring for.

    What is being done or even said about the killings taking place in Chicago on any given week? We can’t continue to focus on ONE issue without addressing all related issues.

    The perpetual silence about what’s happening in Chicago from those who are protesting is deafening.
    ———

    Oh, okay. As a person that lives in Chicago and teaches in Englewood, I am aware that there is a lot of conversation surrounding gun violence in black communities. I trust you have not been in those communities to hear the discussions, otherwise you could not make such a laughable claim.

    And we haven’t even begun to talk about how extra-judicial executions by representatives of the state (police are representatives of the state, i.e., government) are different from murder perpetrated by citizens.

  7. Sheesh, people (when they were allowed to attend)are heading to the concession stands/bathroom, on their phones, talking to their kids through the anthem. At home are you standing at attention and silently while the anthem is played every time?(even during shows, movies, etc.) No you aren’t.

    I personally think the anthem protest is meaningless and accomplishes nothing, but I don’t really give a damn what the players do outside when the game clock is running. Before all this talk we never saw it anyway. I’m down to see my team (Cowboys) hopefully beat the other team during the game, after its over I go back to my regular life. This is just a game, meant for entertainment not some big life event.

    If others don’t want to watch, hey more power to you go enjoy whatever you do to fill your time.

  8. somnambulus says:
    September 8, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    nunya says:
    September 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm
    Sorry, but the protests alone are not enough to bring about the change that protesters say they are clamoring for.

    What is being done or even said about the killings taking place in Chicago on any given week? We can’t continue to focus on ONE issue without addressing all related issues.

    The perpetual silence about what’s happening in Chicago from those who are protesting is deafening.
    ———

    Oh, okay. As a person that lives in Chicago and teaches in Englewood, I am aware that there is a lot of conversation surrounding gun violence in black communities. I trust you have not been in those communities to hear the discussions, otherwise you could not make such a laughable claim.

    And we haven’t even begun to talk about how extra-judicial executions by representatives of the state (police are representatives of the state, i.e., government) are different from murder perpetrated by citizens.
    ————-
    Whatever … when the value of one’s death is determined, in part, by who killed them, it severely diminishes the message protesters are sending. Hypocrisy.

  9. Serving in the forces, public service positions, dissenting, and voting are the top patriotic things one can do. If you value life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, this is how it is achieved.

  10. Yeah, lets avoid the underlying issue by shouting loudly about another — something done by every person that doesn’t want to face the facts.

  11. This will be interesting. If you kneel you don’t respect the military. If you call those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country suckers and losers it’s ok…

    Just go back to the olden days when the military wasn’t used as a prop.

  12. Kneeling started because a member of the military told Kap to stop sitting because kneeling was more respectful.

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