The Dallas Cowboys are more than a football team. They are an institution, a reflection of the pride and strength of not only the people of Dallas, but of Texas as a state. It’s clear they understand their fans and do their best to make them proud.
So it comes as no surprise that, come this new season, they wanted to show their support for the slain Dallas police officers, unjustly gunned down in an act of racial hate.
The Cowboys simply wanted to show their support for the city and all the people affected by the violence.
But not if the NFL has anything to say about it.
From Fox Sports:
Despite their best efforts, the Cowboys’ helmets will not feature a decal supporting Dallas police officers this season.
According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the NFL denied the team’s request for permission to include a decal reading “Arm In Arm” on their lids for the upcoming season. That decal, which the team has been wearing on its helmets during training camp, is in support of Dallas Police and the officers killed in July’s sniper attack.
After hearing back from the league on Wednesday, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones gave the following statement, as reported by George.
“Everyone has to be uniform with the league and the other 31 teams. We respect their decision,” said Jones.”There are so many wonderful, wonderful causes, the league has to be careful. If you allow one, then what do you do about every team that has a great reason to have something on their helmets?”
Sorry, I’m not buying it. Teams from every sport have often worn decals, patches, or other paraphernalia to show support when an influential figure dies, or to show respect when something significant happens in their city and nation.
A small decal on their helmets is hardly a violation of whatever standards the NFL sets. But do you want to know what is a violation? They fear that it would offend viewers.
This block is nothing more than an attempt by the business owners of the league, the ones that only care about ratings and cash, to prevent offending to some people. There might be a case—however remote—that some viewers will be offended to see the Dallas team support the police.
Could there be radical black activists watching a football game and getting upset at a decal? It’s a possibility. And clearly the NFL fears losing money and ratings over it.
Despite the fact that a sport as big as football could hardly be hurt by a few lost viewers.
But that’s the politics in professional sports. A team is denied the chance to show solidarity, because men in suits deems it so.
My suggestion? The Cowboys wear the decals anyway. Sure the NFL might gripe and throw a few fines there way, but they will be sending a clear message to their city and the nation as a whole.
But that’s just my two cents. What do I know?
Source: Fox Sports