DeMarcus Lawrence explains his stance on Jerry Jones’ silence on racial issues
Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has been among the NFL’s most outspoken players on racial injustice. His efforts have come in stark contrast to the silence team owner Jerry Jones has displayed since the death of George Floyd.
.@stephenasmith Let’s stop waiting on others to speak and let’s BE ABOUT CHANGE. That’s MY CHOICE! Look down my timeline & you’ll notice a common theme…ACTION! Not just words! Funny that those actions weren’t things @FirstTake featured or talked about on the show. #ManOfAction pic.twitter.com/zFK4JLJeHk
— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) June 23, 2020
The Cowboys owner has caught plenty of flak for not speaking out in support of many of his players that have stood in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Especially since it has been deemed a foregone conclusion that there will continue to be protests during the national anthem in the 2020 NFL season.
The NFL front office has since changed its tune regarding quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the 2016 campaign. Commissioner Roger Goodell has even encouraged teams to reach out and express their interest in signing him.
Although it remains to be seen if it will ultimately come to fruition, there no question that the league is now trying to do what it can to make up for its blackballing of Kaepernick and the message behind his decision to kneel.
Although the DeMarcus Lawrence has strayed away from criticizing Jones, defensive lineman Gerald McCoy was hoping that the Cowboys would show their support by making Juneteenth a staff holiday like many other teams throughout the league.
While the teammates may have different views on the responsibilities of ownership, it is safe to say that Jones’ silence will continue to be a topic of conversation going into the 2020 campaign.