Jerry Jones seeking compromise in Cowboys’ plans for anthem
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has long been fiercely opposed to players kneeling during the anthem, and this week he proposed offering a potential compromise with the team’s players in order to avoid a standoff over the issue.
The Cowboys organization have 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.
According to how Jones laid things out during an appearance Tuesday on 105.3 radio, it sounds like the Cowboys owner is looking to turn back the clock to 2017 to seek a resolution.
What #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 in DFW about seeking a compromise on peaceful protest that would be similar to the team kneeling together before the anthem vs. the Cardinals in 2017, then standing in unison during the anthem. Sounds like he’s reaching for a 2017 redux. pic.twitter.com/pprGXcSChU— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) August 25, 2020
One issue confronting Jones in his hopes that a compromise can be reached is how one Cowboys player has already expressed his intent to kneel during the anthem this coming season.
The announcement by the Cowboys player in question, nose tackle Dontari Poe, came amid league-wide criticism of Jones over his protracted 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.
It will be interesting to monitor how Jones’ proposal will resonate with Cowboys players and whether they will be receptive to such an arrangement. That said, odds are Jones’ hopes for a tidy resolution to such a complex matter won’t be solved so easily.