Dez Bryant on Cowboys’ plan for anthem: ‘We’re going to stand’
Dez Bryant on Friday revealed that the Dallas Cowboys are opting for the traditional route during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium.
“We’re going to stand,” Bryant said, via The Dallas Morning News. “We’re going to stand and put our hand over our heart and we’re going to do what we did before. Y’all know what that was, that was just a response to [President Donald] Trump. That’s all that was.”
The Cowboys arguably played it safe on Monday night yet also reacted to Trump waging war with the NFL over the past week. Instead of kneeling during the anthem, the Cowboys — with Jerry Jones in tow — knelt before the anthem and then stood for “The Star Spangled Banner” while locking arms.
The entire Cowboys team including owner Jerry Jones locked arms and took a knee before all standing for the anthem. pic.twitter.com/d6WpoLmNXu
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) September 26, 2017
Jones on Friday admitted the anthem gesture proved to be a “trying time” for Cowboys players and blamed the situation in part to the team’s slow start in a 28-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Jones, who hasn’t been shy about expressing his opinion on anthem protests, also was hesitant to reveal what the Cowboys had planned for the anthem this coming Sunday. But it appears Bryant did that for him.
Jones, meanwhile, also confirmed a telephone conversation this week with Donald Trump, in which the President praised the Cowboys owner for how the organization handled the national anthem issue. It’s likely Trump will approve of what the Cowboys have planned Sunday as well.
Jones in his comments Friday about the anthem gesture also singled out Bryant as being “absolutely torn” over how to confront the anthem situation. Bryant indicated a preference for moving on from the drama.
“I’m going to leave all of that in the past. It is what it is,” Bryant said. “I’m focused on this week. I don’t even want to think about it. I’m done.”