There’s a lot going on in the country at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped the President of the United States from worrying about far smaller things. And in turn, making it a very big issue. We’re talking about the NFL’s new national anthem policy, of course. One that states players can either stay in the locker room during the anthem OR come out onto the field during it — with the specific condition that they have to stand. As it turns out, Donald Trump’s past comments did have some sway when it came to the owner’s vote. Per ESPN, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he spoke with Trump while testifying in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the league.
“This is very winning, strong issue for me,” Jones says Trump told him. “Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.”
Remember, Trump is on the record of saying that players should be fired for ‘not respecting’ the anthem. Of course, the anthem isn’t what these protests are about. But that’s not going to stop people from having their minds made up. Admitting you’re either wrong or part of the problem is rather difficult for people to do, it seems. After all, why champion equality when you can demand athletes stand during a song instead? That seems like a far more noble pursuit. That’s the side of history to position yourself on…
In the same report, ESPN states Houston Texans owner would acknowledge that protests started to hurt their teams financially. At least he’s honest, right? Because that’s what it’s all about: the owner’s bottom line. Gosh forbid they lose a little bit of money. But Jones isn’t willing to give Trump that much credit. However, he does recognize Trump’s status in this country.
“Let’s [not] give him that much credit,” Jones says. “But I recognize he’s the president of the United States.”
That said, if Trump doesn’t fire his mouth off in the first place then we’re probably not even talking about this. Again, he made this a bigger issue that it was ever going to be. And now he and the league are going to face far more backlash than they would’ve originally. In the meantime, Kaepernick is still a free agent.
What a world.