Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is not afraid to be outspoken.
Normally, he’s quite clear regarding his thoughts on his football team and his opinions of how the NFL or things happening around the NFL impact them. For instance, he didn’t hold back when talking about Ezekiel Elliott’s recent issues.
That’s all football and all business, from his point of view, so it makes sense. With that said, it is a bit surprising (but not all that surprising) to hear Jones chiming in on perhaps the biggest non-football talking point heading into 2017 — National Anthem protests.
Recently speaking with the Dallas Morning News, Jones said that he believes the National Anthem should be reserved for positive vibes.
“I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way,” he said. “So I like the way the Cowboys do it.”
Jones is basically telling his players that he doesn’t approve of them protesting the National Anthem this season in any way, and he’s doing so by not really telling them directly, but rather just making this statement. It’s a bit of coach speak from the NFL owner, saying something to his team without actually addressing them, so it will be interesting to see how players on the Cowboys’ sideline react this season.
We’ve already seen a few protests in the preseason, but nothing has come out of Dallas so there may not be any drama on that sideline as far as that is concerned. Even if there was, though, Jones has basically made it clear that protesting during the National Anthem is a no-go in his book.
And he’s the boss.