Dontari Poe wants Jerry Jones to take a public stand against social injustice
Dontari Poe was one of the players who made headlines back in 2017, first kneeling during the anthem in Week 3 of the NFL regular season. Three years later, and the two-time Pro Bowler is not yet done fighting back against injustice and he’s hoping the owner of his new team, the Dallas Cowboys, does the same.
According to Bleacher Report’s Kalyn Kahler, Poe shared that both Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula showed their support for the black community over Zoom calls with players.
Noticeably silent on the issue is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones:
“Haven’t talked to Jerry at all,” Poe told Kahler. “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.”
The Cowboys’ defensive lineman would later add the following:
“His silence definitely means a lot because in any other situation [he] will have something to say about most things,” Poe is quoted. “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.”
Jones’s voice has been missed these past months despite riots and even some Cowboys players and legends publicly speaking out against the issues going on throughout the country.
Poe signed a two-year contract with the Cowboys this past April.