Jerry Jones has spoken out against the national-anthem protests that are occurring around the league, calling them “really disappointing.” It isn’t too difficult to read between the lines there: if you’re a Dallas Cowboy, don’t do it.
If Bart Scott played for Dallas, though, it wouldn’t matter to him what Jones said or thought about this or what kind of edicts or ultimatums he issued. If Scott wanted to sit or kneel for the anthem, he would.
“I’m a grown man,” The NFL Today analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I’m going to do what I want to do. That’s my constitutional right. You don’t tell me what to do. As long as I’m out there doing my job, that’s my job. That’s basically like saying, ‘Get in line, boy.’ You don’t dictate to me what I do or what I stand for.”
Scott, a former Pro Bowl linebacker, didn’t stop there.
“Yeah, deal with it,” Scott said of his hypothetical message to Jones. “Go ahead, cut me from my guaranteed contract. So what? If that’s what I believe in, that’s what I believe in. That’s the best time to stand up for what you believe in – when somebody tells you not to. That lets people know how serious you are, how important it is to you. Who is he to tell somebody what they can and can’t do? . . . It’s my civil liberty to be able to (sit or kneel). There’s nowhere in the rule books that say I have to stand for the national anthem. So you fire me on what basis? I’ll see you in court for wrongful termination.”
Scott, 36, said he will likely never stand for the national anthem again.
“I think so,” he said. “I am irate about what this third verse was. See, when stuff happens and people start doing research and they get information, my whole viewpoint is changed. It started with Kaepernick. Now people, social media, people are starting to get the education of who this guy was, what was taken out, and this really was a song about oppression. That changes the meaning. So now when I hear that song, whether they sing that part or not, it’s in my head.”
“I can’t stand up for a song that was written about oppressing black people and gloating about your chains and slavery and all that stuff and written by a guy that owned slaves,” Scott continued. “I can’t. I’m not going to sing a song and celebrate a song and put my hand on my chest for a song that wasn’t written for me. I just can’t. I was unaware of this. This changes everything, to me.”
Scott was asked if he would let his son stand for the anthem.
“That’s his decision,” Scott said. “I’m going to give him the information. If he still decides to stand for that and poke his chest out and be proud about that, that’s his decision. It’s not my job to think for him; it’s my job to give him the information. This kind of strikes a chord with me. It kind of pisses me off. I’m not even trying to be funny. But I can’t stand for (this) song. I can’t.”
Scott believes that the anthem protests will continue throughout the season and that the NBA will pick up where the NFL leaves off.
“If LeBron sits down, who’s going to say anything to LeBron?” Scott asked. “This ain’t over.”