Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has finally weighed in on Colin Kaepernick and the other players’ national anthem protest. Phew! I was wondering what was taking him so long. (There’s a whole lot of sarcasm in those last couple of sentences for the sarcasm-impaired.)
On Sunday his team was one of the squads that did not have anyone participate in the national anthem protests started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. This was something that Jones was pleased to see happen, or not happen, as the case may be.
Reports Todd Archer of ESPN…
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones did not sound as if he condoned the acts of those who did take a knee or raised their fists.
“I got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization,” Jones told the Cowboys’ flagship station. “We strongly, strongly support the flag in every way we support — and it’s almost ridiculous to be saying it — the people who for generations and generations have given it all up so that 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. And for anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”
So I guess we can put Jerry Jones into the “does not approve” column on the ledger. Not sure what that says about him or, for that matter, anyone else who has expressed their opinion on the situation, but just in case anyone’s keeping score, there you go.
I still say Bill Burr had the best take on all of this, but hey, what the hell do I know?