In this politically charged and socially divisive time in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys now find themselves walking on eggshells.
The current bye week may have been intended for rest and relaxation in advance of a Week 7 matchup against the 49ers, but things are feeling hostile amid an ever-expanding impasse between ownership and labor.
After Dallas owner Jerry Jones stated players would be benched if they protested during the National Anthem, the team held a meeting
Jerry Jones is putting on an act, and his players are buying into it.
Jerry Jones takes part in meeting with Cowboys players about protest remarks https://t.co/fniGcMol0h— NYI Sports (@nyisports) October 12, 2017
As part of these ongoing dialogues, Jones told Cowboys players they can kneel and link arms before the National Anthem plays, just like they did in their matchup against the Cardinals on September 25th. This is not actually a compromise, nor does it constitute the slightest concession-- it's sugar-coating the exact same standard he's already set. It's a false alternative.
The problem is that numerous Cowboys players ate it up. Dak Prescott claimed the meeting went well, as did head coach Jason Garrett. They're willing to continue accepting Jones' dressed-up words while he continues to ban real protests.
That's what happens when you live in Jerry's World.
And the winds won't be changing anytime soon.