By Michael d’Oliveira
If you didn’t like it when the NFL players were told they shouldn’t be allowed to kneel during the National Anthem, you should defend Jerry Jones in the same way.
According to the Star-Telegram, the NFL has ordered Jones, who owns the Dallas Cowboys, to stop talking about the National Anthem.
“Four days after seemingly defying the NFL and letting the world know about his team’s zero-tolerance policy regarding standing for the national anthem, Jones is now not talking about the issue because he has been told not to by the league,” reads the article.
As much as I disagree with what Jones has said about the players, I don’t like seeing anyone told they have to shut up about something. And everyone else who has taken the side of the players on this issue (one that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon) should also take the side of Jones on this.
Don’t be a hypocrite, even though Jones has certainly been one on this issue.
Dallas WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen called Jones out on his hypocrisy when Jones wore a hat during the National Anthem at a Cowboys practice; taking your hat off during the Anthem is a sign of respect.
“Jones loves and respects the National Anthem so much that when it was being played before the start of practice Saturday, he left his cap on. And when he was told about the mistake he was making, he still left his cap on. He who makes the rules apparently doesn’t have to follow them,” said Hansen.
If you don’t like Jones or what he’s said about the National Anthem, this is the perfect chance to show that you are better than him.
Speak out against the NFL trying to restrict Jones the same way you spoke out against the NFL trying to restrict players.
Stand up and be consistent for the principal, even if you aren’t a fan of the person. That’s how you beat people like him.
And if you’re in favor of telling the players they have to stand for the National Anthem, maybe this incident with Jones will finally make you understand something important: It’s not a good thing when people are told they have to shut up if someone doesn’t like what they are saying.
But another important thing to understand is that this episode with the players kneeling is not a free speech issue. Not really. Neither is Jones being ordered by the NFL to stop talking about the players kneeling.
Although they have different roles, Jones and the players are both part of the NFL organization. Just like the players have a contractual obligation to adhere to certain behaviors while in uniform, Jones also has a contractual obligation to the NFL not to speak on internal matters impacting the organization.
This was a sensitive business decision made by the league and they have every legal right to tell Jones not to talk about it in public. Just like Jones has a right to tell his players they can’t kneel while they are working for him. Just like any other job, you have to behave a certain way (within reason) while you’re at work. Free speech does not really apply at work.