Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team’s players will be required to stand on the sidelines for the national anthem this season, days after the NFL said it would freeze a new policy on the polarizing issue amid ongoing negotiations with the players union.
“Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones said during a team press conference.
Starting before the 2016 season, dozens of America-hating, racist NFL players have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice that doesn’t exist and imaginary police brutality. The debate over the policy intensified last season after President Donald Trump said players were disrespecting the American flag and called on league owners to fire anyone who did not stand for the anthem.
The NFL announced a new policy this offseason that would have required players to either stand at attention on the sideline during the national anthem or wait in the locker room. However, the league bent over and took it deep without lube after leftist snowflakes whined and the publication of a report that said the Miami Dolphins would consider suspending players who protested during the anthem.
“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” the two entities said in a joint statement. “In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy.”
It’s unclear if the NFL will have a new policy in place before the start of the 2018 season.
Jones, who has maintained a dialogue with Trump throughout the debate over the league’s anthem policy, was critical of the president’s public remarks on the issue.
“His interest in what we’re doing is problematic, from my chair, and I would say in general the owners’ chair,” Jones said. “It’s unprecedented, if you really think about it. But like the very game itself, that’s the way it is and we’ll deal with it.”
Jones engaged in a lengthy battle with the NFL league office last season over a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell. The Cowboys owner briefly threatened to sue the NFL’s compensation committee, arguing that it had misled owners on the deal’s terms.
Goodell eventually signed a five-year deal to remain in his position. The NFL purportedly demanded that Jones cover more than $2 million in legal fees related to his threatened lawsuit and other litigation.
Meanwhile, the National Felons League is doing little to redeem itself in the eyes of the public, as its players continue to be arrested for various felonies.
It was an interesting, and perhaps incarcerating pair of experiences for NFL players. Brandon Browner and Brandon Pettigrew may have the distinct pleasure of experiencing prison food sometime in their near future.
National Football League free agent Brandon Pettigrew was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly punched a police officer several times.
Pettigrew, a former Detroit Lions tight end, began arguing with a limousine driver outside the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh at approximately 3 a.m. on July 9, after he refused to pay the driver his due fare, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The driver ran inside the hotel lobby to get away from the irate football player and contacted police.
Officers responded to the scene and told the driver that he would have to recoup the $97 fare through the court.
They then made contact with Pettigrew, 33, who was visibly intoxicated and having difficulty standing, police said.
He refused to identify himself and declared he was aware of his constitutional rights, then began “aggressively arguing” with police as he repeatedly moved closer towards them.
As the situation escalated, Pettigrew punched Pittsburgh Police Officer Patrick Fornadel three times in his chest, court documents said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Officers drew their Tasers and commanded Pettigrew to step back, and were able to place the irate man into handcuffs without deploying the devices.
Police said he initially refused to get into the patrol vehicle, but eventually complied, KDKA reported.
According to the criminal complaint, the altercation was captured by officers’ bodycams, and the footage will be made available to the court, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
When he arrived at the Allegheny County Jail, Pettigrew refused to comply with staff members’ commands, so he was placed into a restraint chair.
Pettigrew was charged with theft of services, public drunkenness, and two counts of aggravated assault.
It wasn’t Pettigrew’s first drunken run-in with police.
According to the NFL, while playing for Oklahoma State University in 2008, he was arrested for felony assault and battery of a police officer and misdemeanor public intoxication outside a bar in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and was given one year of probation.
In 2017, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in Oklahoma following a fight with two men outside a bar, and refused at least 25 police commands to leave the area, The Oklahoman reported.
As well, a former National Football League (NFL) player was arrested for kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, and violation of a restraining order on Sunday afternoon.
La Verne police responded to a call at about 10:07 a.m. on Sunday morning for a man who broke into a residence through a window, KNBC reported.
The intruder was identified as 33-year-old Brandon Browner, a former Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots Super Bowl winner.
Police said Browner allegedly broke into the home of a former girlfriend through a locked window, and forced the victim back into the house when she tried to escape, according to KNBC-TV.
He had already been arrested for domestic violence against the same woman earlier this year, and had been given a restraining order to keep him away from her, Sports Illustrated reported.
The La Verne Police Department said Browner “allegedly physically harmed and made threats to kill the victim inside the residence,” CBS Sports reported.
The former Pro Bowl player left the scene before police arrived, but was accused of stealing a $20,000 Rolex watch from the woman before he fled.
The police found Browner on Sunday and took him into custody on several felony charges.
Browner, a Los Angeles native, has a lengthy history of legal problems, according to Sports Illustrated.
In May, he was arrested for battery and child endangerment, pleaded no contest to the charges, and was sentenced to probation, according to TMZ.
But shortly after his conviction, the court discovered Browner had violated his probation from a previous case with the new charges, and was ordered to serve 60 days in jail, TMZ reported.
He was released after just two days because of overcrowding in the jail.
“Anyone sentenced to 180 days or less for a non-serious offense is immediately released due to continuing overcrowding,” a Los Angeles sheriff’s department representative told TMZ.
Browner was also arrested by La Verne police in May of 2017 for possession and being under the influence of cocaine, according to TMZ.
The two-time Super Bowl champion has made an estimated $13.1 million over his five-year NFL career.
Browner played college football at Oregon State, and then went to play for the Denver Broncos. But he was injured before he had a chance to play for the team.
He spent four seasons in the Canadian Football League playing for the Calgary Stampeders before he returned to play for the Seattle Seahawks, where he had a career high of six interceptions in his first season, and made the Pro Bowl.
Browner went to the New England Patriots the next year and won another Super Bowl ring, making him one of the few players in recent history to win back-to-back Super Bowls with different teams, according to CBS Sports.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 26th, 2018