Sitting during the National Anthem in sports has become, sadly, all but common nowadays. You see the list every week of players that sit during the anthem.
But according to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, select owners are taking a stance against their players engaging in the disrespectful act of kneeling during the country’s anthem.
Baldwin told HBO’s Bill Simmons in an interview that one or more NFL owners “have told their players to do specific things or to not do specific things … regarding the national anthem and the protests,” which Baldwin said he thought was “egregious.”
“The one quote that I was informed of was, ‘You’re going to stand on the line with your hand on your heart and you’re going to sing the national anthem because this is my stage,” Baldwin recalled.
Many have questioned which owners are taking this pro-America stance. All signs point to the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones.
Jones has been open about his policy on his players sitting during the anthem saying, “We strongly, strongly support the flag in every way we support — and it’s almost ridiculous to be saying — the people that for generations and generations that have given it all up so that we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television.”
Jones has commended his players for not participating in the protest. The Cowboys owner says that the NFL is an important forum for America. “And I’m for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society,” he said.
Jones added, “And that’s people that have supported America, the flag, and there’s no reason to not go all out there. And for anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”
Love them or hate them, the Dallas Cowboys have long been regarded as “America’s team,” and more NFL owners should follow suit, taking a stand against players disrespecting the flag that represents our great nation.
It is clear that the NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell has no plans of intervening with the players and their “movement,” so it’s nice to see the owners reminding their teams what the flag represents and why it’s important to honor those who fight for our freedom.