Cowboys Leaders Seek 'Unity' In Anthem Debate

Mike Fisher
May 23, 2018 - 5:22 pm
Dallas Cowboys players stand for the national anthem against the Washington Redskins before the game at FedEx Field.

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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys locker-room leaders know there is not a single "right'' answer to the NFL's issue of player protests during the national anthem. But they also know they need to form a unified front.

“We have to stay unified,'' said defensive captain Sean Lee. "This is a brotherhood working toward a common goal. We're not going to see eye-to-eye all the time.

"But we have to make sure we respect each other.''

The NFL’s new policy, forged Wednesday morning, calls for all league and team personnel on the field to stand during the playing of the anthem -- but also gives personnel the freedom to remain off the field. At the same time, though, the league will allow teams to set their own rules, with punishments, regarding players who do not stand during the anthem.

"I’m not an owner - yet,” joked sack leader DeMarcus Lawrence said, “so I can’t make none of those rules. I’ve just got to abide by them. It’s still a business at the end of the day, so it is what it is.”

And "what it is,'' it seems, is the continuation of a movement led by owner Jerry Jones last year that will have the Cowboys sticking with tradition and standing together for the anthem.

Said QB Dak Prescott: “I’m pretty sure we all know what Jerry said, his statement last year. I don’t see that changing.  I’m glad they came to an agreement. I’ll be out there standing.”

There are some Cowboys players who heatedly debated last year in favor of complete freedoms for each man to make his own decision regarding social protests, largely regarding America's treatment of people of color. The rule is set. But the debate is not likely over.

”I think it’s a passionate issue, and I think it’s going to take time,” Lee said. “This is something that’s not just going to change. I think this is something that over time, you have to continue to work to respect each other’s views, and it’s not going to be easy. Hopefully something will come where we all work to move forward and agree with each other.''