Jerry Jones‘ silence about social injustice and systemic racism has drawn criticism from many people around the NFL. Countless players, coaches, and even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have spoken out about the problems in America. Still, Jones has yet to say anything in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. The criticism is now continuing to come for Jones as another star player on the Dallas Cowboys recently called him out.
Jerry Jones has yet to speak in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death
Jones is usually not very quiet as he is typically outspoken about anything and everything. Since the killing of George Floyd, though, he has been oddly silent.
This is even with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott pledging $1 million in support of police training, education, and advocacy, according to USA Today, and running back Ezekiel Elliott appearing in a video, demanding an official league response.
As a team, the Cowboys released one video that alluded to conversations between the team and local judges, police chiefs, and attorneys that reflect the team’s statement on social justice, according to USA Today. There have also been some social media posts from the team accounts. There, however, has not been anything official from Jones.
Jones has discussed the issue in the past too. He even threatened to suspend players who protested during the national anthem, according to Yahoo Sports.
Jones has already been called out by Gerald McCoy
The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive lineman Gerald McCoy to a three-year deal this offseason. He, however, has already called Jones out for his silence.
McCoy appeared on ESPN’s First Take in June and discussed police brutality and George Floyd.
“Well, when you have a franchise as recognizable as the Cowboys, people listen when they speak up,” McCoy said, according to Yahoo. “And the owner, Jerry Jones, who is one of the most recognizable figures in sports history, when he speaks, everybody listens. Well I think at this point in time I feel it would be great to hear him say something positive, or say anything.”
McCoy also said that he loves what Jones has been to the sport, but “at this point it’s bigger than football. We need him to speak up about life. This is about human beings and equal rights. And that’s not what’s happening. And it would be great to hear him say something. Anything.”
He also said that Jones’ silence “doesn’t look good.”
“You can’t be silent at a time like this,” McCoy said, according to Yahoo Sports. “I’m new to the Cowboys organization. I’m blessed to be a part of this organization. When things are not going well for the team, you can hear him screaming. Well this is life. This is bigger than just football, it’s bigger than money, it’s bigger than winning a Super Bowl. Something needs to be said.”
Now, Jones is getting more criticism from another star player on the Cowboys.
Cowboys DT Dontari Poe is now calling him out
Defensive tackle Dontari Poe also signed with the Cowboys this offseason. Like McCoy, he will be a significant addition to the Cowboys as he is a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Poe, however, also recently called out Jones.
“Haven’t talked to Jerry at all,” Poe said to Bleacher Report. “I hope he comes out and shows his support. … You are an owner of an NFL team—you get what I’m saying? The majority of this team are these people that are being oppressed. So even if you are not going to be in the forefront, we need to know we have your support in that type of way.”
He also went on to say this.
“His silence definitely means a lot because in any other situation [he] will have something to say about most things,” Poe said, according to Bleacher Report. “I was once a proponent of doing stuff behind closed doors, and doing what I need to do not out in the forefront. … So hopefully he is doing that, but who knows what he is doing. … Personally, I would hope that he comes out and says, ‘OK, I am willing to help, I am willing to fight, and I am willing to be with y’all.'”
Additionally, no Cowboys player has ever knelt during the national anthem. Poe, who knelt during the anthem while on the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, according to ESPN, said that he is leaning toward kneeling this season.
Jones has now heard from multiple players on his team. Will this force him to speak out soon?