Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott became the latest star on the team to back owner Jerry Jones’ policy against protesting the national anthem, saying that his team is “going to stand as one.”
Jones made national news last week when he said that in spite of the NFL’s decision to pause its enforcement of a new policy that prohibited anthem protests on the field, his team would “stand during the anthem, toe on the line.”
Interviewed by the media on Friday, Elliott stood by the team’s pro-anthem policy.
“Us as a team, we chose to stand together for the national anthem,” he said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “It was our decision.”
“I think it just shows our culture,” Elliott continued. “It shows that we have unity. We’re going to stand as one.
“That’s not knocking anyone else who may choose to kneel during the national anthem. But we’re the Dallas Football Cowboys, America’s Team. We stand for the national anthem.” – READ MORE[divider][/divider]
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated Wednesday the players on his team will stand for the national anthem for the upcoming season and will not have the option to remain in the locker room, despite the NFL’s currently on-hold rule allowing them the choice.
“As far as the Dallas Cowboys, you know where I stand, the team knows where I stand. Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” he said at the time.
In response to the Jones’ decision, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called him a “bully” and said it is sad to see owners “intimidate” their players.
Malcolm Jenkins calls Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a bully after Jones recently said he would make his players stand for the anthem. pic.twitter.com/noeHrLIlZZ
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) July 27, 2018
“[Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie] been very supportive of us from the beginning,” Jenkins said. “I don’t see Jeffrey as a bully like Jerry Jones is. Lucky for me, I don’t play for the Cowboys, nor would I want to. – READ MORE[divider][/divider]
Some hoped the controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem would finally end prior to this upcoming season, but it nevertheless persists among some players in the league.
The league itself has waffled over how they intend to address the controversy that has angered and driven away many fans and viewers, but one team owner ha put his foot down in opposition to the protests.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently made clear that his players will stand for the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do! https://t.co/yEP1jK57xi
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2018
Trump’s tweet linked to one from Dan Scavino Jr., the White House director of social media and personal assistant to the president, who had posted a quote from Jones. – READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [contentcards url=”https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/star-running-back-stuns-the-nfl-with-pro-america-statement-we-stand-for-the-anthem/” target=”_blank”]