On Thursday night, LeBron James and Maverick Carter were on Instagram Live, and Carter asked James if he was still a Cowboys fan. James would reply, “No, man, I had to sit in the Cowboys, man. There were a lot of things that were going on when guys were on their knees, free speech guys who wanted to do it peacefully, and a lot of people in the front office, a lot of people running the organization were saying, ‘If you do that around here, you’re not going to play for this game again. franchise’. I didn’t think that was appropriate.”
He added: “I still like a lot of the players on the team. I love CeeDee Lamb, our son Zeke, I love Micah Parsons, he’s a dog! Trevon Diggs, but I had to hand it over even though I still have a lot of love for the players.”
In 2017, team owner Jerry Jones, after the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Green Bay Packers, said he would not allow anyone to disrespect the flag. It was during this period that NFL players began to kneel when the national anthem was played as a protest against social injustice.
Jones knelt and shook hands with his players a week before the Green Bay Packers game, but got up once the flag was revealed.
Former US President Donald Trump urged employers in 2017 to fire anyone who “disrespects” the flag during the national anthem. More than 100 NFL players from various teams in the league disobeyed Trump’s call and took a knee in protest.