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JERRY JONES: DAMNED IF HE DOES-DAMNED IF HE DOESN’T

I’ve seen so many reactions to Jerry Jone’s latest statement, stating the players will stand or stay … in the locker room.

I think those that didn’t like Jerry Jones will still not like Jerry Jones.

Those who hate the Cowboys … will continue to hate the Cowboys.

I believe those who never liked Football, will still not watch football.  Some of those are sure to say it’s a “boycott” instead of admitting they don’t like the fact that it interrupts their prime television shows. Or, maybe they just don’t like football.

Those who never stopped watching football … will continue to watch football.

Those who refused to watch players who disrespected our flag and country, but do like the game of football, are delighted that Jerry Jones has finally put his foot down … on the kneeling down.  The message sent and acknowledged.

There is one group, however, I find … perplexing.  This is the group who is calling on a total boycott of the NFL organization … the coaches and players who kneel … and, even the coaches and players who have never knelt and have always shown respect to the flag and our country.

I have never been a fan of an all-out, total boycott … of anything.  I don’t understand why people who have always paid their respects to our flag and country should be punished because of the players … coaches … and the NFL Organization … at the Corporate level … who don’t.

But … I digress … my main frustration or … perhaps … wonder … is why people who are demanding the players (rightfully so), the coaches, et al … pay respect to our flag and country, are now … again … upset with … Jerry Jones.

He knelt with his team before the National Anthem and stood for the Anthem.  But the boycotters were not satisfied.  Most of his “Cowboy” fans and the general public, overall … demanded more, before they would watch a Cowboy’s game again.

So, Jerry Jones … listened to the people.  He publicly made it clear that the flag and this country do supersede the players on his team.  He made it clear that the players will stand during the National Anthem or they can stay in the locker room.

He did what was asked … no … demanded of him … and “lo and behold” … the same boycotters are even more upset with Jerry Jones.  I’ve seen statements accusing him of only doing this for money … or that “it’s too little, too late.”

My question to the boycotters (as it relates to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys) is … what is the point?  What are you trying to accomplish?  Are you sending the message to those who disrespect the flag that this is unacceptable and use it as a “teaching moment” for those morons … or … are you wanting to completely and relentlessly destroy people’s lives, with no regard to the actual results … even when your demands have been met?

In this case … Jerry Jones is damned if he does and … damned if he doesn’t.

 

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Debbie Barth: 10/09/2017 at 9:31pm EDT
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Charlotte and Pittsburgh; A Tale of Two Football Cities

Charlotte, NC:  Before the start of last Sunday’s football game … all the Carolina Panthers stood, with their coaches, for our National Anthem and to honor our flag.  All except, # 90, Julius Peppers.  He decided to stay in the locker room.  Peppers said he didn’t discuss his decision with teammates beforehand, so they wouldn’t feel they had to join him.  In other words, he would not be a part of the team in its decision to stand, nor honor our National Anthem and our flag.

Coach Rivera did not publicly appear upset about Peppers decision, nor did he publicly ridicule him.  I don’t know what was said in the locker room, after the game.  Certainly, not enough (if anything at all) to make Peppers feel uncomfortable and to regret his decision to not “stand” with his team.

In fact, Julius Peppers’ later statement was “The protest wasn’t about the flag, or the military, or the anthem, but directly about President Trump’s remarks.”  The honest, earthy, passionate comments by our President about those players who disrespect the flag … were enough to make Julius Pepper … in my opinion … disrespect the Anthem and our flag.

And … that was the end … of that.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  The Pittsburgh Steelers played the Bears, last Sunday, in Chicago.  The team and the coaches stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem.  Again, in my opinion, a showing of disrespect … or … at the very least … cowardice to stand up for our Anthem, flag, and country.

All the team, except … for one lone player … # 78, Alejandro Villanueva, an Army veteran who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.  Villanueva came out of the locker room and stood proudly.  He was cheered.  It was a proud moment.  But that “proud moment” did not last long.

Villanueva was lambasted and ridiculed by Coach Tomlin and the rest of his team, directly after the game …for honoring the National Anthem … and the country, for which he had fought, in three tours of duty.

Hours later, Alejandro Villanueva …apologized … for taking it upon himself to honor the flag and country for which he served.  In my opinion … I believe his safety … and his job … had something to do with his disappointment in with himself … for not … “sitting” with his team.

In Charlotte, one player is met with “compassion, tolerance, and understanding,” by his coach and players … for not joining his team in honoring our National Anthem, flag, and country.

In Pittsburgh, one player is lambasted, ridiculed and called-out by his coach and team … for standing up and respecting our National Anthem, flag, and our country.

This isn’t just a “tale of two cities.”  This is a “tale of a country in distress.”

 

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 Debbie Barth: 09/26/2017 at 1:26 pm EDT
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