Dallas Media Calls Out Jerry Jones for National Anthem Hypocrisy

Bryan Brandom
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Cowboys owner Jerry jones wants his players to “respect” the American flag and the national anthem, threatening that they’ll be out of a job if they don’t.

But that rule apparently doesn’t apply to him.

“If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones said in October. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period.

“We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have.”

Jones and son Stephen Jones doubled down on their stance this week, just days before Jerry went to a Cowboys practice on Saturday and broke the most basic rule of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

He left his hat on.

It can be easy to forget you’ve got a hat on, but even after he was reminded in the middle of the rendition that he was breaching custom, he declined to live up to the standards he himself had set.

Sportscaster Dale Hansen of local ABC affiliate WFAA eviscerated Jones (again) for his hypocrisy.

Mike Doocy of KDFW, Fox’s local affiliate, canceled an interview with Jones when the Cowboys owner revealed at the last second that he wouldn’t answer questions about the anthem.

Of course, failing to remove one’s cap during “The Star-Spangled Banner” is, in a vacuum, a non-issue.

But when players aren’t allowed to protest racial injustice by taking a knee — a form of protest suggested by a former Green Beret — and Jones can do whatever the hell we wants because he’s a lazy sack of s—, it’s hard to deny that outrage over protests during the anthem really isn’t about respecting the flag or the song at all.