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Jerry Jones criticism continues over silence on social justice issues

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been the target of criticism in recent weeks due to his ongoing silence amid the outcry and calls for social justice throughout the the NFL in the wake of George Floyd’s death on May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody.

Now, a Cowboys player has called out Jones for not yet even issuing a personal statement in support of player– and league-led initiatives against racial injustice and police brutality.

Speaking about Juneteenth, Cowboys defensive tackle Gerald McCoy also singled out Jones over his continued inaction.

“You have the players, who have their own brand, but we’re all under the umbrella of the Dallas Cowboys,” McCoy said, per Todd Archer of ESPN. “The Dallas Cowboys are the most recognized franchise in the world. They can get behind it, whether it’s the players or just being in the movement, period, and showing their support. It would be great to hear a statement from the Cowboys, great to hear a statement from Jerry Jones in support of everything that’s going on. Will that get me in trouble saying that? I don’t know, but the truth is it needs to be said. The problem is people are afraid to have the conversations.”

Jones’ protracted silence — which stands in stark contrast to how several other NFL owners have issued official statements, among other gestures of support, on behalf of their organizations — has been condemned by the likes of San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and outspoken ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith.

The Cowboys organization made it abundantly clear to its players on multiple occasions in recent years that any act of protest during the national anthem would not be tolerated. However, Jones did participate in a “demonstration of unity” during a Week 3 game in 2017 when he locked arms and kneeled with players before the anthem. He then stood when the anthem was played, however.

Amid that backdrop, it’s hardly surprising a backlash has ensued in recent weeks against Jones over his decision to not issue a public statement amid recent events.