Dontari Poe was the only Dallas Cowboys player to kneel during the national anthem before his game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night to open the 2020 season.
Poe was the first Cowboys player to kneel while playing “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The defensive tackle told reporters that kneeling was his way of letting the country know about his fight against racism, according to ESPN.
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“It’s just bringing more awareness to what’s happening in this world – the racial injustices that are happening, the oppression that is happening to my race, the blacks. It̵
“I feel like everyone has to be responsible.”
Poe signed with the Cowboys in the off-season. He had three tackles in the game.
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In August he mentioned that he had planned to kneel during the national anthem and had hoped to meet team owner Jerry Jones.
“I’m still going to get down on my knees, but we haven’t had the conversation yet,” Poe said at the time., According to Yahoo Sports. “But we had a team meeting where [Jones] he expressed a couple of feelings, and always told us he had an open door so he could talk to us at any time. So I can’t wait to take advantage of it and get in his ear and see how he feels about it. “
Jones said last month that he hoped for “grace” when it came to protesting during the national anthem.
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“That was then, two years ago … This is now,” he said, according to USA Today. “We have had very, very delicate moments … What I want us to show and to be a part of is a word called ‘grace’. Not only grace in our actions, but also in our understanding of where they come from. I want our players to understand the perception where they come from [the American] flag and sensitivity there and many memories there. I want our fans to understand … where our players come from. “