Team owner Jerry Jones has vowed that any Cowboys players that disrespect the flag will not play.
Dallas defensive end David Irving says he’s already planned his protest for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, the Cowboys’ first since their owner issued his ultimatum.
It sounds like something will have to give Sunday, although Irving told reporters Friday his protest against racial injustice and police brutality will not disrespect the flag.
I hope not since it’s not about the flag in the first place, you know? Irving said (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
So what does he have planned?
I have made a call, Irving said. You’ll just have to wait ’til Sunday. Davis’ message, and passion, seemed to relieve the tension. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank later told Davis that he’d missed his calling as a great public speaker. A few owners tried to separate their deep dislike of unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests a little more than a year ago, from the players’ broader message: This wasn’t an anthem protest but rather an inequality in America protest.
Irving and fellow defensive lineman Damontre Moore raised their fists after the anthem before the Cowboys’ last game, on Oct. 8. After that game, Jones addressed the issue of national anthem protests. He seemed unaware that Irving and Moore had raised their fists, and didn’t mention any specific act other than kneeling as disrespectful.
I don’t know about that. But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play, Jones said.
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