Dontari Poe was the lone Dallas Cowboys participant to kneel in the course of the nationwide anthem earlier than his recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday evening to open up the 2020 season.
Poe was the primary Cowboys participant ever to take a knee in the course of the taking part in of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The defensive sort out advised reporters that kneeling was his means of letting the nation learn about his combat in opposition to racism, in line with ESPN.
“It is simply bringing extra consciousness to what is going on on on this world — to the racial injustices that is happening, to the oppression that is occurring to my race, the Black individuals. It isn’t one thing that is going to be solved in a day,” Poe mentioned. “It is bringing extra consciousness. That is letting individuals know and that is my means of combating it.
“I really feel like everybody must be accountable.”
Poe signed with the Cowboys within the offseason. He had three tackles within the recreation.
He talked about in August that he had deliberate to take a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem and had hoped to satisfy with staff proprietor Jerry Jones.
“I do nonetheless plan on kneeling, however we haven’t had the dialog but,” Poe mentioned on the time., in line with Yahoo Sports. “However we had a staff assembly the place [Jones] type of expressed a few emotions, and he all the time advised us he had an open door for us to speak to him at anytime. So I look ahead to profiting from that and simply getting in his ear and seeing how he’s feeling about it.”
Jones mentioned final month that he hoped for “grace” when it got here to protesting in the course of the nationwide anthem.
“That was then, two years in the past … That is now,” he mentioned, in line with USA Today. “We have had very, very delicate instances … What I do need us to point out and be part of is a phrase referred to as ‘grace.’ Not solely grace in our actions however in our understanding of the place they’re coming from. I would like our gamers to grasp the notion of the place they’re coming from concerning [the American] flag and the sensitivity there and the various reminiscences there. I would like our followers to grasp … the place our gamers are coming from.”