Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett declared Wednesday his team holds the national anthem and flag sacred.
As kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem has become the protest du jour in the NFL since Colin Kaepernick’s renowned protest a year ago, not one Cowboy has paralleled such protests.
“I don’t want to get into all those hypotheticals,” Garrett answered as to if he had a problem with his players kneeling during the National Anthem. “We’re focused on our football team and what we need to do each and every day. There’s no question in my mind – the national anthem is sacred, the flag is sacred. Our team has demonstrated that.”
While an erroneous Facebook falsity-turned-fact claims Cowboys owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones told his players they wouldn’t kneel during the National Anthem, Jones did publicly infer that such protests were “disappointing.”
Said Jones on Dallas-Fort Worth 105.3 The Fan on Sept. 13, 2016: “The forum of the NFL and the forum of television is a very significant thing. And 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 to not go all out there. And for anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”
The events in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend prompted defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford to take to Twitter to share his thoughts. If the climate in the nation Dallas represents as America’s Team continues to kindle, perhaps players will be more demonstrative with their dissatisfaction.