During an event in Alabama, President Donald Trump did the sensible thing and chastised former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his supporters for gravely disrespecting our nation. Trump also asked NFL fans to leave the stadium if they saw players not standing for the anthem, and asked team owners to grow a pair and dismiss any such players from their teams.
One of the most dismaying aspects of this weekend’s vulgar mass display of insubordination at NFL games was the fact that many of these protesting players had the approval and backing of their teams’ owners. Thankfully, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not one of those owners.
When asked in an interview what he thinks about players like Kaepernick insulting America before football games, Jerry answered, “Well, I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag and all the people that have made this great country, the very opportunity for us to be there in front of the nation . . . So, that’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little for it.”
Jerry was fully backed up by the Cowboys’ head coach, who expressed similar sentiments, stating, “There’s no question in my mind. The National Anthem is sacred. The flag is sacred. And our team has demonstrated that.”
One year ago, Jones was also asked about his thoughts on NFL players protesting against the Anthem and the flag, and he answered, “We strongly, strongly support the flag. In every way, we support — it’s almost ridiculous to be saying it — the people that for generations and generations have given it all up so we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television. We respect that so much.
That’s the real business. The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. I’m for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society and that’s people that have supported America, the flag, and there’s no reason not to go all out right there. For anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.” Are you glad at least the owner of the Cowboys is still actually patriotic?
"I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag." – Jerry Jones on National Anthem protests pic.twitter.com/DE77jTG3HZ
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) September 20, 2017
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