Jerry Jones Warns Cowboys Players: Stand For National Anthem or You’re Benched!
As previously reported, the NFL already lost 2.5 million viewers.
After decades of American tradition of standing at attention during the National Anthem the National Football League started their own tradition last year and allowed players to kneel, sit, or stretch during the National Anthem today at professional football games.
A new shock poll reveals the NFL is now the least liked sport.
In just over a month, after kneeling and outright disrespect of the National Anthem, the NFL went from America’s favorite sport to the least liked sport according to a new poll.
The Winston Poll was of 1,000 registered voters and taken August 29-30 and then again September 28-29 says the Washington Examiner.
Washington Examiner reports:
From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport, according to the Winston Group survey provided exclusively to Secrets.
The Winston Poll from the Washington-based Winston Group found that the attitude of those fans went from an August rating of 73 percent favorable and 19 percent unfavorable to 42 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable, a remarkable turn against the sport.
According to the poll analysis, “more critically for the NFL, the fall off in favorables occurred among important audiences. Among males, NFL favorables fell 23 percent, going from 68 percent to 45 percent. In looking at a more specific audience, males 34-54, NFL favorables fell 31 percent, going from 73 percent to 42 percent. Among this group the NFL has a surprising negative image, as it went from +54 percent in August to -5 percent in September.”
It looks like the NFL’s declining popularity is changing hearts and minds among the owners. While Jerry Jones is a patriot, he did kneel before the anthem. This appears to have been an attempt to have it both ways.
If you’re a Dallas Cowboys player and want to kneel during the National Anthem, don’t expect to play, warns owner Jerry Jones.
Fox News reports:
Jones’ comments, the strongest made on the anthem controversy, came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis early after several San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem.
“I know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” he said following the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. “We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear.”
Jones and the rest of the team knelt arm-in-arm before the national anthem before a game against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago, days after President Trump reignited the anthem-protest controversy.