Jerry Jones Says Dontari Poe’s Release Was Him Being Overweight, Wouldn’t Answer Anthem Kneeling Question

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Dontari Poe got fat and did absolutely nothing about it.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told ESPN that the team’s release of defensive tackle Dontari Poe was primarily because of Poe’s weight and lack of production.

“When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you’re not doing anything about what’s keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff,” Jones told ESPN.

He was then asked whether his release had something to do with him being the only Cowboys player to kneel during the Anthem.

“I understand your question and I’m deliberately not going to answer it,” Jones replied. “We have a platform here but the platform on the football field has a high standard, and he [Poe] was not up to the standard. He needed to correct that and he did not. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Jones signed Poe to a two-year, $8.5 million contract as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He was guaranteed $3.5 million on the deal.

Poe played 253 snaps, but had just seven tackles, one pass-rush hurry and no sacks.