Throughout the national anthem protests in the NFL, one thing has been certain: the league, overall, is no friend of America or President Trump. One member of the league has tried to rise above it all and declare his support for the country and its commander in chief.
According to CNN, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed his appreciation for the President. He told the network, “I certainly think that the thing [the President] is addressing is certainly a part of how we want to make our game better. There’s no question that because of our visibility, our substantiveness, that we are looked to for social responsibility as well. This is all part of what I’ve been talking about with the commissioner, and certainly I appreciate not only the President, but I want everybody to be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys,” he said. “I just appreciate the interest.”
Mr. Jones made the comment when asked about President Trump’s recent tweet regarding a measure reportedly considered by the NFL, that would keep players in the locker rooms during the national anthem – a measure to address protesting players and angry fans.
On Wednesday, President Trump responded, tweeting: “The NFL is now thinking about a new idea – keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!”
“Donald Trump is a longtime fan of sport and longtime fan of football and has been involved as (an) owner in professional football, so he has some knowledge,” said Mr. Jones. “I certainly think that the thing he is addressing is certainly a part of how we want to make our game better.”
Mr. Jones recently made news for opposing Commissioner Goodell’s contract extension; even threatening a lawsuit against the NFL if the extension was signed without full approval from all owners. He believed Goodell’s job performance did not warrant such a lucrative deal.
While expressing his desire to make the league better for fans, Jones said, “The way we do that is address many things about our game. Our social responsibilities, how we do that. Many things. And the time to do that is when we extend the commissioner. My point is, I want all owners to get in here and have a big voice right now, make it accountable, and let’s get better for our fans.”
Mr. Jones has made numerous remarks to the media expressing his patriotism, and love for the country and the NFL – a sentiment that has been recognized and praised by President Trump. He has been especially vocal in respect for the flag, telling reporters that he would bench any Dallas Cowboys players for protesting the national anthem.
“I know this, we cannot … in the NFL, in any way, give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Mr. Jones said on one occasion.
He also said, “If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has not only stated his opposition to those protesting during the national anthem, but he has publicly supported President Trump. Is Jones’ support of the President the way the NFL should go?
Mr. Trump took notice of Jones’ comments. “A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag. ’Stand for Anthem or sit for game!’” he tweeted.
It’s clear that these two like-minded patriots have a respect for the flag, the nation, and for one another. If other owners in the NFL would follow Jones’ lead, perhaps the NFL could regain some of its alienated fans and become a beloved American sport once again.