Jerry Jones speaks out on Dontari Poe kneeling during anthem
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has long stood firm on his stance regarding protests during the playing of the U.S. national anthem. However, the tides unexpectedly turned prior to the opening of the season when the multi-billionaire left the door open for players to take a knee during the song.
Defensive tackle Dontari Poe has previously vowed to kneel and did just that before their opening game while his other Cowboys teammates all stood beside him. Jones also shared his thoughts regarding the action taken by his players:
“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,” he said.
On the field, the Cowboys had a tightly-contested encounter with the Los Angeles Rams in the first game held on the newly-built SoFi Stadium. The outcome was only decided by a controversial offensive pass interference called on Cowboys wideout Michael Gallup, which ultimately ended the game for the visiting team. The Los Angeles Rams went on to open the season with a crucial 20-17 win on their new stadium.
The Cowboys were dealt with huge blows as linebacker Leighton Vander Esch sustained a broken collarbone and will be out on a 6 to 8 weeks notice. Tight end Blake Jarwin tore his ACL during the opening game and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Despite the setbacks, the Cowboys will remain to be steadfast and push through the course of their bounce-back campaign in 2020. Off the field, America’s team will continue to stand in solidarity as they protest against racism and systemic oppression for the coming games of the season.