Colin Kaepernick has sparked national debate after deciding that he would no longer stand for the national anthem when it is played before games, as is custom.
The San Francisco 49ers has drawn support from some and criticism for others over his actions, while players from other teams in the league have also started to follow in his lead, with some taking a knee and others raising fists.
Kaepernick and co. are trying to bring more awareness and change to the injustices faced by the black community in America on a daily basis. Jerry Jones isn't a fan of this and has made it publicly clear.
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Speaking with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones made his feelings very clear, showing that he was disappointed in Kaepernick’s protest and proud of his team because none of his players participated.
“I got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization."
"We strongly, strongly support the flag in every way we support — and it’s almost ridiculous to be saying it — the people who for generations and generations have given it all up so that we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television,” he said.
According to Jones, protesting by kneeling means that Kaepernick and co. have no respect for the flag or anthem, despite the fact that several who kneeled or raised a fist were singing along with the anthem with a hand over their heart.
“We respect that so much. That’s the real business. The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. I’m for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society, and that’s people that have supported America, the flag, and there’s no reason not to go all out right there."
"...for anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”
The mental gymnastics is really something else.