Everyone was shocked to see Cowboys owner Jerry Jones take a knee with his team a few weeks ago (see Dallas Cowboys – Including Owner – Take a Knee Before Game. Get Booed… and Dallas QB Dak Prescott Won’t Sit Out the National Anthem). I mean, this was America’s team! Plus, there is a meme on Facebook that said he threatened to fire people for kneeling, and I don’t think I want to live in a world where you ca’t trust the truthiness of Facebook memes.
Either way, it appears Jerry changed his mind.
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said emphatically that his players will stand for the national anthem and not disrespect the flag, and if they do, the player or players will not play.
“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said after the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. “Understand? We will not … if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period.”
Of course, this is all open ended. “Respect that flag” can be translated different ways. Like a few weeks ago when the Cowboys knelt BEFORE then anthem then stood for the anthem. Douchey? Maybe. Disrespectful of the flag? Not necessarily.
Either way, its remarkable how much someone’s mind changes when they can lose money. Really remarkable. Can’t say we blame him though. Ever since all this anthem protesting started up, the NFL has been losing major viewership (see DUH! Poll Shows NFL Viewership Declined Because of Anthem Protests). Of course, not everyone has learned their lesson. There are still plenty of football players slow to understand the connection between their salaries and the audience they’ve maligned. Too many hits to the ole noggin perhaps.