Jerry Jones is the only NFL owner who has spoken out forcefully against the “Take a knee” protests by black players and white cucks during the American National Anthem.
The Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who this month said he would bench any of his players who “disrespect the flag” during the national anthem, says that the protest movement is damaging the NFL.
This season dozens of NFL players have knelt during the anthem to highlight racial injustice in the United States. The movement has split the nation, with many perceiving it as disrespectful to military veterans. The NFL’s television ratings are also down, although it is not clear whether this is directly linked to the protests, as TV sports audiences have fallen across America.
“There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests,” Jones said on Sunday.
Jones’s Cowboys are valued at around $5bn, and he said he had heard from concerned sponsors. “Our ability to be substantive is based on having a strong NFL, a league that people are really interested in and want to watch and want to watch the games,” Jones said. “At all times, if I am anything, I am first and foremost a proponent of making the NFL strong. Making us have as many people watching the game as we can and watching in light of what we are doing and that’s playing football. If all this makes you stronger to represent messages, let’s don’t do it in a way that tears down the strength of the NFL.”
Deadline offers a look at what players on each team are doing.
It’s a lack of will and leadership that has allowed black millionaires to condemn the country that gave them so much opportunity.
Harvard Law Professor (((Alan Dershowitz))) explains that legally the owners have the right to stop the unpopular protests.
“If you want to protest racism, then protest racism. But don’t protest the American flag, the national anthem, and the United States of America,” Dershowitz told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.
“The players are entitled to kneel if the owners allow them to. But the owners could say no,” he added.
Dershowitz said the players’ rights to free speech and petition are not protected under the First Amendment in relation to their team franchise, a private entity, noting that the rights only stand in relation to the government.
Dershowitz said it was completely up to the teams how they wanted to handle the protests, noting the unpopularity of the protests across the American public.
The NFL should listen to Dershowitz.