Jerry Jones said he’s disappointed in the protests taking place during the national anthem. Eleven players around the league joined 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protesting social inequality, though none of them played for the Cowboys. Jones, who is both the owner and general manager in Dallas, sounded pleased by this development.
“I got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization,” Jones said Tuesday during an appearance on CBS Radio’s 105.3 The Fan. “We strongly, strongly support the flag in every way we support — and it’s almost ridiculous to be saying it — the people who for generations and generations have given it all up so that we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television.
“We respect that so much. That’s the real business. The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. I’m for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society, and that’s people that have supported America, the flag, and there’s no reason not to go all out right there. And for anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”
Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he disagreed with Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem, adding that “I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”
But NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith takes issue with Goodell’s use of the word “patriotism,” which suggests that Kaepernick, by protesting, is something other than that.
“I’m always sensitive to the labels that the league and media want to attach to our players,” Smith told ProFootballTalk shortly after Goodell’s remarks. “When someone interjects labels like ‘patriotism’ when this issue is discussed, I’m concerned about whether it’s interpreted as a method to portray someone like Colin Kaepernick as unpatriotic. If so, it completely drowns the point that he and players like him are exercising a right protected by the Constitution, which is secured by thousands of men and women who keep us safe and is therefore an affirmation of what this country stands for.”
Meanwhile, players insist that they will continue to protest in the coming weeks.
Source: CBS Sports / Jerry Jones disappointed by anthem protests, lauds Cowboys for standing