With teams all over the NFL alienating their fans in droves, the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals had a different take on how to protest in a respectful manner while still honoring the national anthem. The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, along with his players, and many of his front office executives joined their counterparts from Arizona in taking a knee for prayer. As the national anthem started to play, both teams stood. Some of the fans in attendance booed at the gesture. However, the fact that people on both teams indicated they were taking a knee in prayer and not necessarily in protest, has caused liberals to lose their minds.
The display, which the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals put on was intended to be respectful, but at the same time demonstrate their grievances while not alienating fans and spitting in the eye of every active duty service member and veteran who have fought for the USA. Conversely, when Colin Kaepernick started this mess, his protest was intent on being disrespectful. Perhaps the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, and other teams should take note of what the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals have come up with.
When @dallascowboys knelt pregame it was in prayer for equality and unity, not during anthem. Stood arm in arm during anthem
— KristiCowboySideline (@KristiCowboy) September 26, 2017
Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant indicated that for him, and for many on the Dallas Cowboys, taking a knee before the national anthem was in protest of what President Trump said about players protesting during the national anthem. “I feel like that’s the true definition of unity,” Bryant said. “Trump can’t divide this. I think sports show the perfect example of unity. It’s not just black NFL players, it’s different races. I feel like that was a clear shot at Trump, sitting on that knee like that because you just can’t do that,” Bryant said (via the Dallas Morning News) after Dallas’ 28-17 victory. “[What Trump said was] super disrespectful. We showed great unity tonight. That’s what that was for. I feel like that was needed. … We’re not going to let a guy like that tear us apart. Not just us but this whole entire league. We’re a prime example of positive people. … He should have never said that. It was a clear punch in the face. I feel like we made up for that.” As someone who served in the United States Army, I don’t agree with Dez Bryant but, at least he, Jerry Jones, and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys organization, along with the Arizona Cardinals had the insight to realize there was a respectful way to show their displeasure with President Trump, while at the same time showing the proper respect that the national anthem and America flag deserve.
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, later said at a post game press conference, “Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality. They were very much aware that statement, when made or when attempted to be made in and a part of the recognition of our flag, cannot only lead to criticism but also controversy. It was real easy for everybody in our organization to see that the message of unity, the message of equality was getting, if you will, pushed aside or diminished by the controversy. We even had the circumstances that it was being made into a controversy.”
Crowd erupts in boos as owner Jerry Jones and entire Dallas Cowboys team kneel live on Monday Night Football pic.twitter.com/ZBKt3KMXYR
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) September 26, 2017
The commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell would be wise to take the lead of Jerry Jones. An astute businessman, he realized that he needed to work out a deal with his players, but at the same time he was not going to allow “America’s Team” to disrespect the national anthem or the American flag. Jerry Jones, and the folks with the Arizona Cardinals have recognized what the rest of the NFL has failed to understand. That is that fans put country well above football, and you can’t expect to spit on your customer base and think there will be no negative consequences. Granted, both teams protested and took a knee. However, the stark difference is the way these two organizations protested showed respect, while the rest of the NFL continues to disrespect their fans and the national anthem.