The NFL Players Association issued a statement in response to Dallas Cowboy coach Jerry Jones’ recent dictate that he would bench anyone on the team who disrespected the American flag in a sharp reversal from an earlier Monday night football game on September 25th against the Arizona Cardinals that saw him kneeling in solidarity with his Dallas players during the national anthem following President Trump’s divisive comments about getting the S.O.B’s off the field and firing them for not standing up during the national anthem.
The statement from the NFL Players Association displayed a respectful tone, emphasizing that the players are conscientious Americans who continue to be forces for good in the community while it also acknowledged that some players have decided to exercise their constitutional rights and use the platform to peacefully raise awareness to issues that deserve attention.
Here is the full statement from NFL Players Association:
NFL players are union members and part of the labor movement that has woven the fabric of America for generations. Our men and their families are also conscientious Americans who continue to be forces for good through our communities and some have decided to use their platform to peacefully raise awareness to issues that deserve attention.
It is a source of enormous pride that some of the best conversations about these issues have taken place in our locker rooms in a respectful, civil and thoughtful way that should serve as a model for how all of us can communicate with each other.
We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects. That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the brave.
Racial injustice towards blacks and minorities in the U.S. justice system is a reality in America and remains one of the main reasons NFL players have chosen to take a knee during the national anthem.
President Trump tweeted a message of support to Dallas Cowboy Coach Jerry Jones for his latest decision and said players should stand for the national anthem or sit for the game!
“A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag. ‘Stand for Anthem or sit for game!’ ” Trump tweeted.
A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag."Stand for Anthem or sit for game!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Earlier, President Trump tweeted a positive response to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence who flew all the way to Indianapolis, Indiana wasting tax payer money in a planned staged protest of his own towards the NFL players on the San Francisco Forty-Niners football team taking a knee during the national anthem before their Sunday football game against the Indianapolis Colts.
VP Pence and his wife walked out of the Indianapolis stadium following the national anthem.
President Trump tweeted, “The trip by
@VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country!”
The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2017
President Trump has struggled to have his domestic agenda approved in Congress overturning Obamacare and getting a credible tax reform plan approved that doesn’t grow the national deficit and yet he’s devoted lots of energy in the Oval Office catering to his right-wing base by targeting NFL players exercising their free speech and injecting forceful patriotism in the NFL through his angry rants at NFL players and NFL owners who don’t follow his heavy-handed directives regarding the national anthem.
There is no bylaw, code, or formal contract written within NFL statues requiring players to stand during the national anthem.
Yet Dallas Cowboy coach Jerry Jones wants to bench any Dallas player who dishonors the flag and is modeling intolerance by forcing patriotism on the group of Dallas players who want to exercise their freedom as Americans and simply kneel during the national anthem.
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