Cowboys players falling in line amid team’s rigid anthem stance?
A handful of Dallas Cowboys players have reacted to the team’s rigid expectations concerning the national anthem, specifically that protests will not be tolerated.
The players asked about the development indicated the issue has not been discussed as a team. However, their respective comments are enlightening and lend to the notion the policy would be accepted.
Linebacker Sean Lee, a nine-year veteran and team leader, believes players will rally around one another irrespective of their personal opinions.
“I’m going to do what I’ve always done and stand,” Lee said, via SportsDay. “Obviously I believe that there’s social injustices that need to change in this country that are very serious. I also believe that I’m going to stand for the anthem because I feel I’m blessed to be an American. I’m blessed to have two grandfathers who have served. These are ideas that are not mutually exclusive. I know one thing, our locker room has stayed united.”
Cornerback Jourdan Lewis echoed Lee’s sentiments on the need for team unity, stressing the notion of being a football player is a job.
“At the end of the day, you’re getting paid to be a professional athlete,” Lewis said. “We have to do what we’re told to do at the end of the day and go out there and win games, honestly.”
Jerry Jones, despite sending mixed messages, stated on Wednesday Cowboys players will be expected to stand for the anthem — “toe on the line” — regardless of the NFL’s ultimate determination of how to handle the anthem.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones on Thursday doubled down on the owner’s rigid stance, if not ultimatum, by unequivocally stating players will stand for the anthem if “they want to be a Cowboy.”
The no-nonsense stance potentially could be rendered moot given the Cowboys’ directive contradicts the new NFL anthem policy instituted in May, albeit one that has been temporarily shelved.
It is interesting, however, how none of the players questioned about the issue exhibited any push back. However, a few players’ opinions by no means represents a consensus for the entire roster.