The Dallas Cowboys, also dubbed as “America’s Team” (for some inexplicable reason) made headlines, along with the rest of the National Football League, when they knelt before the National Anthem as a show of protest. However, the Cowboys have listened to the fans as their star player has spoken out.
Dez Bryant, the Cowboys star wide receiver, has openly stated that they will NOT be repeating that protest. As he spoke to the Dallas Morning News, Bryant confirmed that they were not going to do that gesture again.
“We’re going to stand and put our hand over our heart.” According to Bryant, the only reason that they were doing these protests “was just a response to [President Donald] Trump. That’s all that was.”
However, there is more to that story. The fans of the National Football League are understandably angry with the decision of the players to disrespect America like that. As a result, they are turning their business elsewhere.
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys spoke on the radio that Bryant was “torn” before their protest took place on Monday night.
“I’m so appreciative of how the team responded. It was a trying time. Players were truly under pressure, external pressure from their relationships. They were really under pressure to basically in many cases kneel at the flag.”
Bryant continued to look past it, saying, “I’m going to leave all of that in the past. It is what it is. I’m focused on this week. I don’t even want to think about it. I’m done.”
President Trump also took to Twitter and confirmed that he spoke with Jones. He also said that the Cowboys are going to stand for the Anthem in their week 4 matchup.
Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
However, the damage has already been done. The fans are angry, as multiple videos have come out of fans burning jerseys and tickets. Is it too little too late for the NFL? Only time will tell.