In the months leading up to the 2020 season, there had been constant chatter around the possibility of Dallas Cowboys players kneeling during the national anthem. It saw defensive tackle Dontari Poe choose to go that route before Week 1 action against the LA Rams. With that in mind, team owner Jerry Jones has spoken up about how he feels about the situation.
Dontari Poe decides to kneel before 2020 season opener
Since the continued rise in dialogue around social justice issues in the country over the summer, the discussion around the NFL involved players choosing to kneel during the national anthem in the 2020 season.
In the Cowboys’ realm, veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe was the lone player to state that he would go that route. Poe followed through with his words on Sunday night before Week 1 action, which after the contest, he voiced what kneeling means to him, according to Nick Eatman of Dallascowboys.com.
“It’s just bringing more awareness to what’s going on in this world – to the racial injustices that’s going on,” Poe said. “It’s not something that’s going to be solved in a day. People keeps asking me – what is he doing? It’s bringing more awareness. This is letting people know and this is my way of fighting it. It’s the beginning of it. We might not see change in my lifetime. I do want to start it by doing the simple things such as kneeling to let people know that I feel this way.”
Like many of the other players around the league that chose to kneel, it’s a means to bring more awareness to the ongoing situation. Poe’s intentions were based solely on guiding more attention to these constant issues that the Black community continues to face.
Jerry Jones weighs in on Dontari Poe choosing to kneel
Poe’s decision to kneel also quickly shifted the attention over to team owner Jerry Jone’s perspective.
Before his recent comments, it’s become well-known that Jones believes that players should stand during the national anthem. However, the longtime Cowboys owner voiced during his weekly interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he believes his players were sensitive to the situation and respected their teammate’s choice.
“I thought our players, I thought they gave it sensitivity. They showed respect to Poe’s decision there. I think they did show sensitivity to our fans as a team. . . . All in all, I thought our team was very real, very genuine in the way it approached it.”
In the days leading into the season opener, Jones was quite vocal about supporting his players’ decision regarding kneeling during the national anthem. He also stated that he believes that most Cowboys fans preferred standing in the situation.
Nonetheless, it comes down to what the players want to do, and Poe chose to kneel to bring more awareness to social injustice.
NFL Players will continue to kneel
Although the Cowboys had just one players decide to kneel, many more around the league chose to go that route.
It’s something that many feel quite strongly about the situation, which it brings more attention to the social issues. There will continue to be some backlash toward this action, but the players will stick firm.
Dontari Poe will likely stay that route as he hopes to spread more awareness on these ongoing social issues. Many of the league’s most prominent players have already spoken up about the situation while the NFL has taken steps forward toward supporting them. There will be much more to come on this front moving forward in the 2020 season.