The NFL and National Anthem continues to be a hot button for fans.
Demonstrations around the NFL continue, including here in Dallas with the Cowboys. The difference here in Dallas, is that it doesn’t involve the National Anthem, it’s either before, or after it has finished.
A couple weeks ago, the Cowboys joined the NFL’s demonstration following President Donald Trump’s attack of NFL players. However, the Cowboys did their demonstration prior to the anthem. The team knelt arm-in-arm before the anthem, but stood for the actual Anthem being sung.
Did the Cowboys witness a pair of players violate a team rule prior to the football game?
Cowboys pass rushers, David Irving and Damontre Moore did their own demonstration this past Sunday prior to the game against the Packers. The two raised their fists, but it was at the end of the National Anthem.
The Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, said he will not punish them for their demonstration, and had no issues with it (via Star-Telegram).
“They did that well after the anthem was completed,” Garrett said. “It was a private thing that they did for themselves. My understanding, it was done well after the anthem.”
This is being brought up because of the Cowboys owner’s comments on what will happen if a Cowboys player kneels during the National Anthem. Jerry Jones said if you disrespect the flag, you will not play.
“If there’s anything that is disrespecting to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said. “Understand? We will not … if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period.”
Garrett said that he has not talked to his boss on this directing.
Garrett did say this team knows how they want to approach the National Anthem before the game.
“Again, we’ve had some honest discussions with our players over the past few weeks about it,” Garrett said. “We believe the approach we take is the right one for our football team. Again, we want to approach the anthem in a very respectful way. Want to approach the flag in a very respectful way.”
In the collective bargaining agreement, there is no agreement that says it is mandatory for the players to stand for the National Anthem.
In the league’s operation manual, it shows it as a guideline, and reads…
“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.”
Damontre Moore, David Irving won’t be punished under Jerry Jones’ anthem mandate https://t.co/kJPXyNE2M1
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) October 10, 2017
That statement shows this as a guideline, not a rule by the league. Thus, no NFL player has been punished for their silent protest, since Colin Kaepernick started the trend early last season.
Has Jerry Jones gone too far for threatening to punish his players for kneeling?