The NFL continues to suffer thanks to the continual protests by its players. While the number of protesters has dropped significantly since it started several weeks ago, there are still certain teams and players disrespecting our nation by taking a knee during the anthem.
In response to all the activism, Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones went on a little rant Sunday night, declaring that he won’t tolerate anyone on his team using the pregame national anthem as a time to protest. In response to Jones’ declaration, President Trump jumped back into the fold in support.
As reported at the Daily Mail, on Monday night, Trump heaped praise up Jones via Twitter by sending out a tweet reading, “A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag.”Stand for Anthem or sit for game!”
Trump’s latest foray into the NFL controversy started after Jones was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving a game between the Colts and 49ers, after 20 plus players from the later team took knees during the anthem.
“I know this, we cannot…in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones after his team’s defeat to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
“We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear,” he added.
Since Jones drew a line in the sand, none of his players have taken a knee. Unlike many other owners and the league in general, Jones has taken a very public and strict stance on the issue. Trump has obviously appreciated this, as his allies are few and far between at the moment. However, everything the president said about the protesters, and how disconnected they and the league are from the fans, has proven true.
Fans have been outraged over the protests, which is reflected in the mediocre viewership numbers and polls showing deep dissatisfaction with the NFL. The league should realize by now that a huge portion of fans are Trump supporters, and that they’re sick and tired of being inundated with left-wing politics while trying to enjoy a game where people fight over a pigskin.
Source: Daily Mail