Unlike some players and teams, the Dallas Cowboys did not stage a protest or a demonstration of the national anthem before Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. That made owner Jerry Jones quite happy.
“I applaud our players, our team,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Drew Davison. “I applaud Jason Witten as far as his energy. But I’ve got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization.
“We strongly, strongly support the flag in every way we support — and it’s almost ridiculous to be saying — the people that for generations and generations that 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 of television is a very significant thing.”
Colin Kaepernick started this controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the anthem during the preseason and other players have followed suit. The Seattle Seahawks locked arms in a demonstration of unity before their game and other players have followed Kaepernick’s lead in kneeling or sitting during the anthem.