Jerry Jones isn’t afraid to say exactly what he’s thinking at any time during the day. That doesn’t mean everybody is always on board, however. And in recent days, national anthem talk has surrounded Jones and his Dallas Cowboys. Of course, he has brought the majority of that on himself. Now the NFL is putting their foot down.
According to Clarence E. Hill of the Dallas Star-Telegram, the league has told him to stop talking about the national anthem.
“Four days after seemingly defying the NFL and letting the world know about his team’s zero-tolerance policy regarding standing for the national anthem, Jones is now not talking about the issue because he has been told not to by the league.”
The owner wants to keep politics out of football. But like most people who say this, that only applies to the politics they don’t agree with. If we’re being honest, politics have been part of sports since the beginning. For the umpteenth time, Jones and the majority of Dallas’ front office are missing the point.
This news comes on the heels of Dak Prescott making his stance known on the protest issue.
“I never protest,” Prescott says.
“…I never protests during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people – a lot of people playing the game, a lot of people watching the game, a lot of people who have any impact of the game – so when you bring controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game it takes away. It takes away from that, it takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people.”
Remember, the league just recently fined Jones $2 million earlier this year for conduct detrimental to the league. Here’s to the next chapter of something that’s not going away anytime soon.