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We are now only weeks away from the return of the National Football League, and all eyes are on the organization’s leadership as we await more controversial behavior by their overpaid players.

The year before last, second string quarterback Colin Kaepernick took to his knee during the National Anthem in order to bring attention to himself as a social justice warrior, whose stated cause was the ultra-vague “racial injustice” in America.  A few days later his true intentions became known as he was photographed wearing socks to training that portrayed American police officers as “pigs”.

Now, seeing the success of Kaepernick’s publicity stunt, a number of other lesser known players took up the offensive practice, tying their protest to anything and everything that they could in order to get a little airtime on the newly liberalized ESPN.  In response, Americans tuned out in droves as the NFL refused to act on the offensive display.

Inside the organization, a chasm of belief has opened, with Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones staking his claim that there is no place in his organization for such behavior.  This week the NFL has ordered Jones to shut the heck up.

Four days after seemingly defying the NFL and letting the world know about his team’s zero-tolerance policy regarding standing for the national anthem, Jones is now not talking about the issue because he has been told not to by the league.

Jones informed several local television stations who had booked him for interviews on their Sunday night show from training camp in Oxnard, Calif., that questions about the national anthem and his team’s policy were not permitted because the NFL had told him to stop speaking on the matter.

Jones’ sudden adherence to league policy comes less than a week after he separated himself from the NFL with his pronouncement of a team-mandated anthem policy of standing to attention with toes on the line or face the prospect of getting cut.

That it came after the league’s announcement that it had put its revised policy on hold while negotiating a joint plan with the NFL Player’s Association certainly raised eyebrows.

Several Cowboys, including quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, have said they had no problem with Jones’ anthem stance because they planned to stand as a team.

This is an absolutely cowardly move for the NFL, who is clearly concerned about the longtime owners’ ability to pontificate on the subject of patriotism in a way that would undermine their own, wishy washy, fan-offending stance.

Kickoff is coming, ladies and gentlemen, and we still have no idea if we’ll be tuning in.

 

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