FINALLY: NFL Team Cuts Player Who Raised Fist
Jerry Jones has finally gotten serious about fixing the NFL. Lord knows Roger Goodell won’t do it.
Jones finds himself battling with the league for them to fix their obvious problems, and the biggest is Goodell. In fact, TBS wrote today that Jones threatened to sue the NFL should they capitulate to Goodell’s contract demands. And Jones would likely win this lawsuit.
Jones owns the hottest property in the NFL–America’s team. The Dallas Cowboys leads the league in franchise value. Estimates have the teams value around $4.8 billion.
When Jones bought the Cowboys in 1989, he paid between $140-150 million. And less than 3 decades later, the value of the franchise increased 32-fold. So if any owner has proven his mettle, it’s Jones.
Yet he finds himself embroiled in controversy.
Jones declared early on that any player taking a knee would be dismissed. Then, when push came to shove, he tried to play both sides of the political controversy during a Monday night game. Before the game, Jones and the the entire Cowboy organization took a knee. When the anthem was played, the entire Cowboy organization stood.
Clearly Jones tried to show Commissioner Goodell a way to possibly handle the controversy, putting the genie back in the bottle. Nevertheless, for a few teams and certainly the league, the controversy continues.
Jones finds that his franchise is not immune to the fallout, nor the financial woes the controversy creates. Thus, Jones has now decided to take a harder stance.
According to the New York Daily News, Jones made good on his earlier promise:
If Damontre Moore wants to continue his national anthem protest, he’ll have to do so with a new team.
The Cowboys released Moore in order to make room to sign kicker Mike Nugent, the team announced Wednesday.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has publicly stated he believes all players should stand for the anthem and recently said he believes anthem protests are hurting the NFL.
While no Cowboys player has kneeled or sat during the anthem, Moore was one of two players who continued to raise his fist at the conclusion of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in recent weeks after Jones previously talked to players and explained his feelings on the matter.
Perhaps Moore was just not cutting it. However, generally speaking, those who aren’t cutting it know how to keep out of the line of fire.
The Score reported back in October that the Cowboys agreed not to discipline players who raised their fists:
After David Irving and Damontre’ Moore raised their fist during the national anthem ahead of the Dallas Cowboys game Sunday, head coach Jason Garrett says neither player will be disciplined, despite recent comments from owner Jerry Jones.
“Absolutely not,” Garrett told reporters Monday when asked if Irving or Moore would be subject to any team punishment, according to Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News.
As for David Irving, he has problems of his own.
Irving only recently returning from a 4-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s banned drug policy.
The Cowboys will indeed face the first four games of the season without defensive lineman David Irving, who is suspended by the NFL without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
An official announcement of the penalty Wednesday signaled that the third-year player’s appeal was rejected. It was expected. Dallas has known since May that the 6-7, 273-pound mismatch and 2016 team leader in quarterback pressures would probably be punished. According to a source, he took a banned over-the-counter substance.
So far Irving hasn’t been cut. But we will keep you posted.