Ever since Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones drew a hard line in the sand when it comes to kneeling during the national anthem, the world has been waiting for someone to test him. When Michael Bennet was traded to the Cowboys, he was expected to be the first. But, as outspoken as he is, even Bennet did not test Jones.
But would Jones actually do it? It’s one thing to say anyone kneeling during the anthem will not play for the Cowboys. It is another to bench or cut that player.
It sounds like we may have someone willing to put Jones to the test—Dontari Poe.
Poe signed with the Cowboys during the offseason and is expected to be a stabilizing force on the defensive line. In July, he told Bleacher Report he had no problem being the first Cowboy to kneel. After practice on Sunday, he said he still plans on doing so (via the team website):
“I do still plan on kneeling, but we haven’t had the conversation yet. But we did have a team meeting where he kind of expressed a couple of feelings and he always told us that he has an open door for us to talk to him at any time, so I look forward to taking advantage of that and just getting in his ear and seeing how he’s feeling about it.”
Jones recently stated that he is open to revising his national anthem policy. But he has not indicated whether he will or what he would be okay with players doing as a form of protest. With the start of the season only a few weeks away, he may want to make a decision sooner rather than later.
Although, if Jones were to attempt to discipline a player for kneeling during the national anthem, the NFLPA would have something to say about it.
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