Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones SLAMS Anthem Protesters, Warns that NFL Is ‘Suffering Negative Effects’ of Anthem Protests
The NFL has been gripped by negative press and fan fallout after mass anthem protests spread across the league.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a knee himself on the outset of the protests to show solidarity with his players.
Since then, Jones has been an outspoken advocate against kneeling. He has said very bluntly that players on his team will respect the flag and that he does not think the national anthem is the right time to protest.
“I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag and all the people that have made this great country,” Jones said in an interview with Fox Business Network.
“That’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little for it,” he added.
The NAACP has since accused Jones of attempting to violate his players’ rights.
Now, Jones has gone a step further, saying that the league has been “damaged” by the protests. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Jones said:
Jerry Jones on if the NFL is being damaged by the national anthem protests: "There is no question. There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests."
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) October 23, 2017
Based on data, Jones is right. The popularity of the NFL is at an all time low and attendance is declining.