San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman called out Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for being silent in light of worldwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody on May 25.
"It's not pulling them like it is the rest of the country. Because if it was, then they'd speak. Jerry Jones, especially, has no problem speaking up any other time about anything else. But when it's such a serious issue, and he could really make a huge impact on it with a few words, his silence speaks volumes."
Jones has not made a public statement as of Tuesday evening, but the Cowboys released the following video on June 5:
As David Moore of the Dallas Morning News wrote, "no owner has been more outspoken publicly about the need for players and coaches to stand for the anthem" than Jones, who said in 2017 that the Cowboys' policy was "to stand during the anthem, toe on the line."
However, Moore also wrote that "the Cowboys owner always understood that players who knelt weren't protesting the anthem." Instead, the protests were against systemic racism, social injustice and police brutality.
"I completely accept that," Jones said during the Cowboys' 2018 training camp.
NFL brass have pulled an about-face regarding their sentiment toward such protests since ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was ostracized after kneeling during the national anthem four years ago, to the point NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released the following apology video:
Building off that sentiment, Moore noted that Jones needs to speak out as soon as possible.
"Sentiment has grown since Goodell's comments that Jones needs to come out publicly with his thoughts. Now. The longer he waits the less sincerity some will ascribe to his words.
"But this isn't about where Jones falls in the public timeline. It's about getting it right. It's about recognizing the weight of his words once he does speak and the impact it will have on his legacy and the organization.
"The question isn't when will Jones speak. He always does.
"The question is what will he say and where does he go from here?"
Some NFL owners have pledged money (e.g. the 49ers' Jed York and the New England Patriots' Robert Kraft) to social justice programs, and others have offered support to players protesting (e.g. the Carolina Panthers' David Tepper). Other owners have yet to commit to anything publicly as of now.
The NFL regular season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Sept. 10.