Dallas Cowboys player says officials have given team ‘green light’ to protest national anthem
If Dallas Cowboys players want to protest during the national anthem, the decision will be left up to individual players, according to a member of the team.
Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford told reporters in Dallas on Friday that members of the team will be allowed to take a knee or participate in other acts of protest as they see fit before National Football League games in the fall. Crawford added that he intends to “make a boom” to bring attention to issues of police brutality in the black community.
“We definitely [have] the green light on all that but also just trying to find something that’s going to make a boom,” Crawford said. “It’s not just going to be something that people look at it one time and kind of swipe by it, they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s great. The Cowboys did that,’ and swipe by it.”
Quarterback Dak Prescott said that the decision to protest before NFL games should be left up to the individual.
“We’ve had private conversations, and it’s about expressing yourself,” Prescott said. “I wouldn’t say it’s going to be about expressing one idea. That’s where we are in this country right now.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was, at one time, against kneeling during the anthem, has turned over a new leaf on the subject in recent years and, in 2017, joined players on the field as they knelt for a moment of silence and stood with arms linked during the national anthem.