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‘It Was Our Decision’: Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Tells Who Was Behind Team’s National Anthem Stance

The NFL controversy over protests during the national anthem continues as players battle between the right to kneel and whether or not it’s “the time or venue to do so.”

The Dallas Cowboys took a stance on the anthem when owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Wednesday that his team would “stand during the anthem, toe on the line.” Quarterback Dak Prescott later added that the football field wasn’t the right place to protest.

On Friday, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott elaborated on the decision.

“Us as a team, we chose to stand together for the national anthem,” Elliott told the press, according to the Dallas Morning News. “It was our decision.”


Elliott said it shows the team’s unity in standing as one.

“That’s not knocking anyone else who may choose to kneel during the national anthem,” Elliott said. “But we’re the Dallas Football Cowboys, America’s Team. We stand for the national anthem.”

The statements by Cowboys players come after Jones put his foot down on the topic:

Asked whether his players will follow the rules, Stephen Jones, the executive vice president, CEO, and director of player personnel, told radio station KTCK, “If they want to be a Dallas Cowboy, yes.”

Elliott — along with other teammates who spoke publicly — appears to have no problem with following Jones’ “toe on the line” rule.

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