The act totally conflicts with the image of Jones that the media portrays as a hard-nosed, opinionated, no nonsense, in-your-face kind of owner that declared that his players would be forbidden to kneel for the anthem this upcoming season, and if they did they would suffer the consequences.
Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do! https://t.co/yEP1jK57xi
Jones outspokenness also extended to Owens decision not to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
Noah Bressner of the New York Post noted the Cowboys owner called the receiver’s decision to skip the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in protest of the voting process a “mistake.”
Apparently, the owner’s stance on kneeling during the national anthem sent T.O. over the top. Owens said Jones is “being a bully” for his comments regarding players protesting police brutality and inequality.
Owens tweeted his disapproval.
Jerry “made a mistake” of releasing me after listening to others when I produced, gave my ALL, sacrificed my health for the team but who am I?! But hey I thought Jerry had a mind of his own too. #GOFIGURE What I’m doing is for the FANS. #THISISFORYOU https://t.co/mi5BR7p0t6
Owens feels that Jones’ stance only further incites the players and instigates the situation.
“You’re basically stripping players of their rights and their chance to participate in a peaceful protest,” Owens said, per Fox Sports Radio. “To put guys in a situation where they have to do something, that’s not right. That’s totally wrong.”
Owens’ comments support those of Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, who also called Jones a “bully” and said he wouldn’t want to play for the Cowboys.
Some of the more notable African-American players on the Cowboys, including quarterback Dak Prescott and star running back Ezekiel Elliott have supported Jones, with Prescott claiming that NFL games arent the time or venue to protest.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott made his feelings known about players kneeling to protest social injustice during the national anthem before football games.
T.O. isnt feeling Jones sudden gangster grill mentality.
Owens played three seasons for the Cowboys from 2006 through 2008 and over the past 10 years, he and Jones have had several public beefs.
This one adds another sloppy and unfortunate layer to the tumultuous relationship between the two NFL titans and foreshadows a tough year ahead for the Cowboys, who will definitely struggle in the department of racial and social sensitivity as the issue of players kneeling comes back in focus.