After President Trump called kneeling NFL players “sons of bitches,” the reaction across the league was swift and uniform. The following Sunday was defined by entire teams kneeling—taking Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice and inequality and pointing it at a president determined to exacerbate those issues. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ended the historic week by staking a position out in front of the cameras on Monday Night Football, and kneeling with his team prior to the national anthem.
Jerry Jones lives to please the stars. But if his star players kneel during the anthem, will he actually sit them? https://t.co/tvPOURX3On
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 9, 2017
Multiple Trump tweets and a spineless NFL statement later, Jerry Jones has gone from expressing solidarity with his players to threatening to bench anyone who “disrespects the flag.” This set off a firestorm that engulfed ESPN’s Jemele Hill again, and she was suspended two weeks by the network for suggesting that fans could target advertisers in an attempt to support the players’ protest. Now, Jerry Jones’ own team is upset with him, according to Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News.
Cowboys team meeting. Reports of angry players. Hmmm. This is a surprise only to Jerry Jones, who shoved players into untenable situation.
— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) October 11, 2017