The NFL was ground zero for the anti-American national anthem protests.
Colin Kaepernick started the downfall of pro sports by becoming a model for other pro athletes to openly disrespect law enforcement.
Now this NFL Quarterback came out with a surprising stance on kneeling for the national anthem.
Back in 2017, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was the one owner that declared that his players would stand for the anthem or not play.
Now in 2020, the NFL has embraced the anti-military protests.
Players like Drew Brees initially said he would never kneel for the anthem because it disrespected his grandfather’s military service.
Facing intense backlash from Black Lives Matter radicals in the NFL, Brees apologized at least four times and now promised to wear the name of black Americans killed by police on his helmet.
One NFL quarterback still refuses to go along with protests.
Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott told the media that kneeling for the anthem was an individual choice and should not be anything players are forced into.
“That’s what this country is about, the freedom to do that, the freedom to express yourself,” Prescott told the press. “We heard Mr. Jones [Cowboys owner Jerry Jones] talk about grace and sharing grace and having grace with players in what they want to do. If I had it my way, that’s exactly what we’d do is express ourselves individually, but love and support one another collectively.”
Cowboys first year coach Mike McCarthy backed up Prescott’s stance that players should not be forced to kneel for the anthem.
“I think it’s what’s best for all of us. I think the individuality of expressing yourself is part of that decision. I saw Dak’s comments this morning and I think he expressed it very well,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “I thought he hit the nail right on the head, and that’s the way we’ll move forward.”
The NFL’s 101st season kicks off Thursday with a contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans.
Many players will alienate fans by kneeling for the anthem.
But on the Dallas Cowboys, it will not be mandatory to kneel and you will now see bullies badger players that want to stand for the anthem into protesting.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.