There's a reason why AT&T Stadium is referred to as "Jerry World". When it comes to the Cowboys, it's Jerry Jones' world, and everybody else is just living with it.
This kind of mentality isn't exactly new, as we've seen him control each and every part of his organization from the front office to the actions of the players on and off the field. It's just never been more obvious after his latest statement regarding the protests of the National Anthem.
After vowing that any player who disrespects the flag would be benched, it's clear that Jones is not in touch with the reality that is the NFL today.
Jerry Jones on 2 Cowboys raising fists at end of national anthem: "I don’t know about that. But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag we will not play. You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag we won’t play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag."— Brandon George (@DMN_George) October 9, 2017
Whether you agree with the protests or not, you have to admit that Jones' involvement with the team's kneeling before the National Anthem two weeks ago now lost all legitimacy.
The Cowboys wanted to show they were a united front by joining together to kneel before the National Anthem, but it couldn't be more obvious that they were just appeasing Jones at this point. It's his way or the high way, and you know who's going to have the last say on the situation.
A reminder that Jerry Jones is a bigger defender of those accused of domestic violence than he is of the First Amendment https://t.co/npaps8nxHG— J.A. Adande (@jadande) October 9, 2017
Jones clearly does not support the kneeling, which is perfectly fine as everyone's entitled to their own opinion. What isn't reasonable is how he is silencing the opinions of the men he employs, proving he isn't in touch with the struggles some of these players are fighting for.
Unfortunately, it's going to be tough to teach this old dog some new tricks.