Update, Nov. 12: All Cowboys players stood for the national anthem during the pregame rendition ahead of the Falcons game in Atlanta.
Defensive lineman David Irving raised his fist at the conclusion of the anthem as he has in past weeks. Irving hasn’t been disciplined by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for the move, though Jones said he’d bench anyone who “disrespected” the anthem. When asked about Irving specifically, Jones said the defensive lineman – who has military family – is certainly recognizing the flag.
Original story, Nov. 5: ARLINGTON — All Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs stood for the national anthem on Sunday ahead of the Chiefs game at AT&T Stadium. Defensive end David Irving briefly raised his fist after the anthem again
The Cowboys have been one of six NFL teams who haven’t had a player protest by kneeling or sitting during the pre-game anthem. Only the Cowboys, Cardinals, Bears, Vikings, Bengals and Jets were among players who hadn’t had a player protest during the anthem.
The protests during the anthem peaked last week in Seattle, where the majority of Houston Texans players knelt in protest of comments by owner Robert McNair. An ESPN story on the NFL owners meetings in New York quoted McNair saying “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” while discussing anthem procedures.
McNair told the Houston Chronicle he wasn’t referring to players with the comment.
“As I said, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week,” McNair said Saturday afternoon. “I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones supported McNair and said this is a “crisis that will engender us getting better.”
” We can look and make people accountable, including starting with my mirror,” Jones said after the Cowboys’ win at Washington last Sunday. “I need to look in that rascal. My mirror deserves some correcting and some things that need to be adjusted in light of what we’re involved in right now.”
Jones had earlier threatened to bench Cowboys who disrespected the flag.
Irving, the Cowboys defensive linemen, has raised his fist at the conclusion of the anthem in recent games without issue. Jones has said Irving, who has military family, is certainly recognizing the flag.