At the beginning of October, Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys said:
“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”
Last week, two players raised their fists in the Black Power salute. They were David Irving and Damontre Moore. Three days later, Moore was gone. The Cowboys pointed to Irving as proof that wasn’t going to be a wholesale program of the Cowboys, but in reality the message it sends is that if you are a marginal player, then it might not be a good idea to make the boss mad. While it would be impossible to replace a superstar player, many of the players on the roster are about as solid as a handful of sand and they can be replaced in a matter of minutes.
The Cowboys insist it was a football move, and the fact that Irving is still with the team shows that Jones isn’t going to follow through wholesale on his threat.
But it sent a message to anthem protesters: If you’re expendable, protesting the anthem isn’t going to help your career prospects at all.
According to NBC Sports, Moore was released this week to make room for kicker Mike Nugent.
“We had to make a roster move and we just felt like the best decision for our team was to release Damontre Moore,” Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said.
Moore was a marginal player at best. He has never started a game in a seven-year NFL career and was suspended for the first two games of this season. It was also reported he was involved in an altercation at a nightclub Thursday night, although he apparently was not the party that started it.
When asked if any of these things — particularly raising his fist at the end of the national anthem — played a part in his release, Garrett said no. For his part, Jerry Jones said in his post-game news conference that he was unaware anyone had raised a fist during the anthem.
And, of course, there’s the fact that Irving raised his fist, too. But, see, Irving is a better, younger player. Someone needed to go. And that someone was the more marginal player.
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Protesting the flag, the anthem and American soldiers might not be the best career move, especially if you are a marginal player. According to a recent poll 55% of Americans disagree with the anthem protests while only 41% approve. That’s why the NFL is in deep trouble. The NFL’s favorability rating has dropped 18% since 2013. Thousands of people are attending games disguised as empty seats and TV ratings are falling through the floor.
Moore said this about his protest:
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“Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Who is to say I’m right? Who is to say they’re wrong? Who’s to say that they’re right? Who’s to say that I’m wrong? At the end of the day, you do whatever you do, but I know I am going to stand up and not disrespect the flag like that.”
“It’s just something that I do. I’ve got my morals. (But he doesn’t have a job) I’ve got my values and my things that I think about. I don’t want to cause no attention to nobody else and bring unwanted attention, but on the same token, you know, there’s certain things that people are doing it for. So, for me, it’s just one of those personal things that I do.”
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