Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that any players who disrespected the American flag would be benched in future games. Not everyone is buying it.
“I think all of it I’ve heard, it’s kind of grown around the league now, I think it’s all leading to a bad place,” said retired Cowboys wideout Michael Irvin on 105.3 The Fan, per the Dallas Morning News. “Because Jerry can say that but, okay, if someone of really any real skill sets does anything, Jerry’s not going to take them off the field. I mean, let’s be real here. Let’s be real. So I’m sure they’re trying to get things back on track. But boy I think all of this takes us down a bad road. It takes us down a bad road for you to start trying to come in now with rules.”
So, if a third-string backup comes out and kneels during the anthem, Irvin thinks he might be benched. If wideout Dez Bryant, running back Ezekiel Elliott or quarterback Dak Prescott does the same thing, Irvin doesn’t think there’s any chance the team actually benches them.
He was then asked why Jones would even bring it up if he wants it all to be over with.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I think that they need to get trying to get it all back and on track and everything. And it wasn’t just Jerry, I heard other places that this was happening on other teams. So everyone’s trying to obviously get it back. But it’s too far, it’s too long. It’s too far gone.
“So now it’s about winning and not disrespecting the flag and all that stuff when it wasn’t really about that. You know, it really wasn’t about that in the first place. We put all the energy into solving the issue, or looking at the issue or discussing the issue or trying to find a solution for the real issues that anybody with two eyes can see is an issue. It has been an issue in this country, anybody could see it if they put that energy into solving the issue we would we would all be better off. It’s just confusing to me why we could not and why we would not put anything in to solving that issue.”
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