Much has transpired over the last several weeks that has seen a significant push for social justice in the United States. Many NFL players have voiced their concerns and desire for a massive change in how the Black community is treated by law enforcement. Throughout this process, it has seen Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones remain publicly quiet. That has tossed much criticism in his direction for his lack of presence during this time. However, Jones has finally broken his silence concerning his viewpoint on kneeling during the national anthem.
NFL players expected to kneel
Throughout the last couple of months, there has been a significant push to see some significant change for social justice.
Many NFL players have aired their concerns, which led them to force the league’s hand to take action in that cause. That saw Roger Goodell and the NFL commit to $250 million over 10 years to a fund that will combat systemic racism and support the injustices that the Black community faces daily. Meanwhile, many players have voiced that they will kneel in the 2020 season.
The outpour for support in that effort continues to grow across the league. Many prominent players such as Adrian Peterson, Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, and JJ Watt all stated that they would kneel during the national anthem. That decision has been met with criticism as President Donald Trump has remained firm with his stance against it.
It has also been notable that Jerry Jones has been publicly quiet through the situation, which he has finally broken his silence.
Jerry Jones weighs in on kneeling
One of the most prominent figures in the NFL over the last couple of decades has been Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
That alone made it odd that he chose to stay publicly quiet through the conversation about social injustice and kneeling during the national anthem. Jones has finally made his first comments in over a month as he voiced that he is going to work with his players regarding that decision while gathering a more definite understanding, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.
“These are very sensitive times. I have nothing to prove as far as where I’m standing with the flag and where the Cowboys stand. I have nothing to prove regarding my players and my support of our players. What I do want to show and want us all to be a part of is a word called grace. Grace. Not only grace in our actions but grace in our understanding of where they’re coming from. I want our players to understand the perception and where they’re coming from regarding the flag and the sensitivity there and the many memories there.”
Jones continued on to state: “And I want our fans to understand and better do because of what’s gone on over the last few months and want them to understand where our players are coming from there, and they do not feel like that the ones who . . . kneel, they do not feel like they’re dishonoring the flag. I’m going to have grace. I’ve had grace.
“Many of you have written and criticized me for having too much grace and understanding regarding our players, and I probably have. And I’m going to have grace regarding the people that are sensitive about our flag.”
Jones’ stance on what action to take during the national anthem remains quite evident as he feels the desire to stand. At the same time, the recent events have ramped up the need to understand further why players are kneeling, and that has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag. There is a need for a clear understanding from Jones, and he sounds like he’s open to garner that.
Ongoing process to understand
Since Colin Kaepernick first elected to kneel during the 2016 season, there has been a much greater awareness and understanding as to why he chose that action.
That is something that appears to grab a grander understanding from Jerry Jones on the situation. It’s a matter that many players in the league feel a strong connection to and want to bring attention to the social injustices. That will take team owners like Jones to support the players in that effort.
There will be bumps along the way, but the longtime Cowboys owner sounds like he’s all ears when it comes to this situation.