Dallas Cowboys: Why is Jerry Jones quiet on racial injustice?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 04: Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager Jerry Jones walks on the field before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 04: Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager Jerry Jones walks on the field before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was an outspoken critic of NFL players protesting during the national anthem before, now he’s suspiciously silent.

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, has never been confused as a man of few words. It’s safe to say Jerry has never shied away from a camera and a reporter.

Jerry’s long been known as a guy who speaks his mind – consequences be damned. As the most powerful owner in the NFL, he generally calls the shots. He often speaks from the heart and in the heat of the moment. In fact, Jerry does more talking and gives more input after games than the players and coaches often do.

When it comes to tricky league matters, Jerry is the go-to man that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and company lean on to blaze the trail. Whether that’s for a franchise’s relocating, revenue sharing, television rights or just about anything that’s high stakes, Jerry Jones is the guy. And Jerry is as happy as as a hog on a rainy day to do it.

So why so quiet now, Jerry?

Back in 2016, best believe Jerry was front and center and vocal when former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick keeled during the National Anthem to protest Police brutality against African-Americans.

He was vocal again in 2017 when Jerry famously said any Cowboys’ player that disrespects the flag won’t play.

Well, that was then and this is now and the United States of America has every major city protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer Derek Michael Chauvin (fellow officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were charged in Floyd’s death). Where’s Jerry?

Dear Jerry Jones:

You’re the famous owner of the Dallas Cowboys and I want to know why are you so quiet on racial injustice involving Black people? Even Roger Goodell came to his senses and made a video condemning racism and systemic oppression of Black People in this country. Where are you?

See, after the entire world saw the life of George Floyd vanish when a rogue cop parked his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, the Nation finally stepped up and said, “enough”. The Black community had enough of this police brutality mess and locked arms with their fellow White, Asian, Mexican, Native Americans, and any other ethnicity group to stop the longstanding suffering of Blacks at the hands of police.

If Goodell can make a video to support social change, Jerry you can do the exact same thing (on your yacht if need be). Goodell admitted that the NFL was wrong for not listening to their players and encouraged them to speak out and protest in a peaceful manner. Goodell went on to say that Black Lives Matter (That’s a major improvement from 2016 when Goodell and the 32 owners weren’t interested in even muttering “Black Lives Matter”).

Jerry, you’re the owner of the most recognizable sports franchise on planet earth and right now you’re as silent as the confederate statues being ripped from the grounds of universities, town square, and courthouses.

You do know that the majority of those confederate statues were erected in the 1920’s to scare and remind Black people of White Supremacy in the Jim Crow south, don’t you?  You see, if a Black person got out of line back then, they would often find themselves lynched by an angry mob or killed by a racist police officer, just like Floyd.

That’s why North Carolina students rose up and tore down that infamous confederate statue that used to look over their campus. The Tar Heels’ students had enough of walking past a statue that represented pro-slavery, White Supremacy, and hate.

Jerry, you need to speak up and denounce police brutality, social injustice, and that “Black Lives Matter”. You need to show us you get it. Because you are currently the boss of several Black players, both current and former, who all think the world of you. And guess what Jerry, I guarantee all of them have faced racism and had a scary experience with the police. And all of them live with that pain and that fear every day. They need to know you’re with them.

Let’s name a few Cowboys’ players who waiting on you to speak up: Michael Irving, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Alvin Harper, Darren Woodson, James Washington, Nate Newton, Erik Williams, Larry Allen Tony Tolbert, Ken Norton, Jr., Russell Maryland, Charles Haley, Kevin Smith, Thomas Everett, DeMarcus Ware, Marion BarberDez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tony Pollard, Randy Gregory, Jaylon Smith, Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods, are all waiting on your words.

Oh, let’s not forget that the White Dallas Cowboys players are waiting with their fellow Black friends to fight social injustice, as well. Whether these players show their impatience with you openly or behind closed doors, they’re waiting. Make no mistake, they love you Jerry, but they want to know if you love them back – when they’re not scoring touchdowns and making you money.

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Nobody is asking you to save the world, but the Black and White players are asking their outspoken owner to step up and say something because nobody said anything when Kaepernick took a knee to silently protest Police brutality of Black people.

Jerry, your voice carries so much weight.  If you offer your support, the common fan would probably kneel and lock arms in solidarity with their fellow Black citizens to fight Police brutality and social injustice. All because you said it’s what Americans are supposed to do.

The late Martin Luther King, Jr, once said:

"“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of a challenge and controversy.”"

Jerry, the United States is at a crossroads with social injustice and Police brutality. Black and White are united. Are you too?

Jerry, ask yourself this question: Do you want to be remembered as the owner of the most valuable franchise on earth or a man that made a difference the Black community by locking arms with them during difficult times to say that Police brutality is wrong and that Black Lives Matter?

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As the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, It’s up to you Jerry. Just remember that MLK, Jr., quote, my friend, because it’s a powerful one.

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