Jerry Jones: NFL fan base ‘wants and expects’ players to stand for anthem
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to speak out against national anthem protests in the NFL, arguing that the league’s fan base “wants and expects us to stand” during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Jones has long been an opponent of anthem protests, railing against players kneeling during the anthem going all the way back to last season when Colin Kaepernick inspired the movement. He again railed against such acts during a Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] with an arguably dubious claim.
“We have a fan base that unquestionably, without even blinking, wants and expects us to stand for the anthem,” Jones said, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “That’s just what it is. So I won’t get into that. The main thing is that it’s just how it is. And I don’t want that a part of what the players are thinking about before they go out there.”
Jones reportedly was the only owner to express “quite vocal” opposition to anthem protest during owners meetings last week which were also attended by a handful of players. Jones was asked Friday if he was surprised to be one of only owners to speak out against anthem protests.
“It was just a discussion and the material consequences of it is the league has expressed clearly they want everybody standing,” Jones said. “There’s no question this anthem issue has really had a negative impact on our league, so how to go about it. And of course, everybody is speaking from a different perspective. It always has been that way.”
Jones was asked if the NFL is nearing some kind of resolution on the protest controversy.
“Resolution a little bit has some ambiguity to it because when you look at the small percentage of situations that we have regarding the anthem around the league, it’s really not representative of the league,” Jones said.
It’s hardly surprising a satisfactory resolution for all involved parties regarding such a complex and polarizing issues like anthem protests wasn’t reached after one meeting. It’s evident several more sit-downs between players and owners are necessary.