The NFL is ripe with protest, as more than 200 players around the league chose to kneel or sit during the national anthem in Sunday’s games.
Just six NFL teams — 12 remained before this weekend’s games — have not had a player protest by kneeling, sitting or raising a fist during the pre-game anthem. Only the Cowboys, Cardinals, Bears, Vikings, Bengals and Jets haven’t had a player protest. The Jets, Bears, Vikings and Bengals did lock arms in solidarity Sunday ahead of their games.
The Cowboys and Cardinals, slated for Monday night football this week, are the only teams who haven’t played since President Trump commented late Friday that protesting players should be punished for the “total disrespect of our heritage.”
“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”
Coach Jason Garrett said Saturday he doesn’t expect Cowboys players to protest on Monday night. Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones has said he doesn’t like the protests, though it’s inaccurate that he threatened to kick players off the team who don’t stand during the anthem. That rumor circulated, but SportsDay debunked it here.
“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have,” Jones said recently on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM]. “I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it.”
SOURCE: Sports Day DFW