New Footage Shows Jerry Jones Orchestrating Cowboys’ Pre-Anthem Kneeling Demonstration (VIDEO)
When it comes to national anthem demonstrations in the NFL, Jerry Jones has been one of the most outspoken owners against the kneeling. At one point he even told his own players that if any of them protest during the anthem, they won’t be playing during the game.
Back in week 3 of the 2017 season, however, he did orchestrate a mass demonstration with his Cowboys players and staff prior to a Monday Night contest in Arizona.
Before the start of the anthem, Jerry led his team out to the middle of the field to “kneel down in the name of unity,” before getting back up and returning to their sideline to stand for the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. The demonstration was meant to be a response to President Donald Trump’s comments about the NFL and their inability to stop players from “disrespecting the anthem”—and not about police brutality and the racial injustices that Colin Kaepernick had been kneeling in protest of one year earlier.
We recently got an inside look at how Jerry went about organizing the Cowboys’ demonstration, via footage from the behind the scenes reality series, “All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys.” In the clip, Jerry tells his players the following before they take the field:
“What we want to do is basically go out together. I want to go to the center of the field with everybody right before the national anthem, kneel with you at that time on the basis of unity…
“I want us, the Dallas Cowboys, I want us to — in front of God and everybody — walk out there together all of us and kneel down in the name of unity.
“I love you. I love what we do. So, trust me, trust me because then they’re gonna play the national anthem. And I do want you to stand with me. I do want you to stand.”
You can watch it all play out in the video below: