It’s hard to believe we are still talking about the NFL anthem protests but the NFL’s poor handling of the situation means the issue is still being debated.
All the NFL had to do was take a firm stance from the beginning and punish players who made political protests during the national anthem. Instead, they waffled and backed down.
There were some NFL owners who did the right thing. Jerry Jones is one of them. He recently came out and made it perfectly clear where he stood.
From Fox Business:
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Wednesday said the team’s players will be required to stand on the sidelines for the national anthem this season, days after the NFL said it would freeze a new policy on the polarizing issue amid ongoing negotiations with the players union.
“Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones said Wednesday during a team press conference.
Apparently, the NFL isn’t happy with what Jones said.
They are now telling him to be quiet.
From Star Telegram:
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is now suddenly listening to the NFL.
Four days after seemingly defying the NFL and letting the world know about his team’s zero-tolerance policy regarding standing for the national anthem, Jones is now not talking about the issue because he has been told not to by the league.
Jones informed several local television stations who had booked him for interviews on their Sunday night show from training camp in Oxnard, Calif., that questions about the national anthem and his team’s policy were not permitted because the NFL had told him to stop speaking on the matter.
Silencing owners who think it’s wrong to kneel for the anthem.
What is the NFL doing?
This couldn’t be more simple. It’s not about free speech. It’s about whether or not an employer can tell employees what to do at work. The answer to that question is obviously yes. No one likes police brutality. There are plenty of ways to speak out against that. Disrespecting the flag and our veterans is not one of them. If players continue to kneel during the upcoming season the NFL has no one but itself to blame for decreased ratings.