Jones, an ardent Republican and Trump Supporter, does not seem to care what the players on his team do as long as they obey Trump.
Jerry Jones has been fleecing Cowboy Nation and the people of North Texas for years. While he has shown that he could be very lucky, making lots of money on oil and buying the Dallas Cowboys, he has shown himself to be completely inept at running the team. About the only part of running the team that he has shown a knack at is getting the citizens of Arlington to build him a stadium for his team and fork over money.
Jones was so smart that he fired the only two Cowboys coaches that Cowboys fans consider great. Sure, there was the lucky fluke with Barry Switzer, but a one year wonder that was; plus he did it with Jimmy Johnson’s players. Since Landry and Johnson, he has cobbled teams together that produce more legal and substance abuse problems than winning teams.
Take a look at how Jones and the Cowboys lead the league the last 4 seasons in suspensions:
The list itself seems staggering.
|8/11/2017||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||6||Personal conduct||NFL concluded Elliott used physical force against a girlfriend on three occasions in July 2016. His case remains under appeal.|
|7/28/2017||Damontre’ Moore||DE||2||Substance abuse||Arrested on suspicion of DWI in December 2016 while a member of the Seattle Seahawks.|
|6/28/2017||David Irving||DE||4||Performance-enhancing drugs||Failed a drug test for a banned over-the-counter substance.|
|4/21/2017||Shaquelle Evans||WR||4||Substance abuse||Was a member of the practice squad and was quickly released.|
|1/5/2017||Randy Gregory||DE||Indefinite||Substance abuse||Missed drug test. Gregory had well-publicized marijuana habit while at the University of Nebraska.|
|12/2/2016||Rolando McClain||LB||Indefinite||Substance abuse||Missed drug test led to third NFL suspension.|
|9/19/2016||Randy Gregory||DE||10||Substance abuse||Missed drug test.|
|6/30/2016||Rolando McClain||LB||10||Substance abuse||Tested positive for use of opiates.|
|6/30/2016||DeMarcus Lawrence||DE||4||Substance abuse||Tested positive for use of amphetamines.|
|2/19/2016||Randy Gregory||DE||4||Substance abuse||Tested positive for marijuana use.|
|11/10/2015||Joseph Randle||RB||4||Personal conduct||Flashed a gun during an argument with an ex-girlfriend.|
|8/28/2015||R.J. Dill||OT||4||Performance-enhancing drugs||Tested positive for use of testosterone replacement therapy|
|7/2/2015||Rolando McClain||LB||4||Substance abuse||Failed drug test for marijuana use.|
|4/22/2015||Greg Hardy||DE||4||Personal conduct||Highly publicized domestic violence case in 2014 while with the Carolina Panthers.|
|9/2/2014||Josh Brent||DT||10||Personal conduct||Intoxication manslaughter charge in December 2012\. Brent retired in 2013 but returned and served the suspension in 2014.|
|8/28/2014||Jakar Hamilton||S||4||Substance abuse||Missed drug test constituted a second violation.|
|8/12/2014||Orlando Scandrick||CB||2||Performance-enhancing drugs||Tested positive for use of “molly,” or ecstasy|
Now, the inept Owner of the Cowboys has declared that if any of his players do not obey Trump and stand for the National Anthem, that he himself will obey Trump.
Donald Trump, in a speech last month in Alabama, said that Owners in the NFL needed to put the kibosh on players who refused to stand for the National Anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’ You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”
Jerry Jones, the dutiful Trump soldier, who has taken a whole lot of American taxpayer money for himself, decided that he would be the one to be the most popular person in this country. But the problem is that with Jones following in lockstep with the President’s marching orders, he now has divided Cowboys Nation and may be the person to singlehandedly bring down the NFL.
ESPN was quick to avoid the wrath of Trump in suspending Jemele Hill for saying something on her personal twitter that angered the President. Then her colleague at ESPN, Michael Wilbon, painted the true picture on air. From the Washington Times:
On the same day that Jemele Hill was suspended from ESPN for tweeting about politics, another network personality, Michael Wilbon, compared Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner.
Mr. Wilbon, co-host of “Pardon the Interruption,” took issue with Mr. Jones’ stance that players who do not stand for the national anthem before football games will not play.
“And the word that comes to my mind―and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it―is plantation,” Mr. Wilbon said on Monday’s show. “The players are here to serve me, and they will do what I want. No matter how much I pay them, they are not equal to me. That’s what this says to me and mine.”
ESPN declined to comment on Mr. Wilbon’s remarks.
Jones will surely cost his team talented free agents because of his stance. Players on the team now may not resign in protest of Jones treating them like slaves. And now since Trump is going after the NFL’s Tax Exempt status, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who is not liked by Jones, has come out and said that he believes that all players should stand. From the Kansas City Star:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday wrote a letter to all 32 league owners regarding the protests that have taken place during the national anthem, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.
In the letter, which Schefter shared on his Facebook page, Goodell wrote that the “current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
Last year, former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down and later took a knee during the playing of the national anthem as protest against racial injustice. More players have joined the protests and President Donald Trump spoke out against the activity in September and has continued to do so.
Three rich white men are treating African Americans as if they were still slaves and trying their best to take away freedoms from them. Trump is fulfilling his promise of “Making America Great Again”, and Jones is leading the charge while stealing the money of the taxpayers.