A good cause for the NFL to get behind

Monday, September 19, 2016
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

NFL logoAnother organization is asking the NFL to stop players from protesting during the National Anthem, as well as asking that the Dallas Cowboys be allowed to honor the five officers who were gunned down after a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this year.

The Dallas Cowboys walked out onto the field for their first practice arm-in-arm with city leaders, the chief of police, and family members of the five officers who were killed after a Black Lives Matter protest in July. Tight End Jason Witten also made helmet decals honoring the officers. But then the NFL stepped in.

Witten was a good NFL soldier, though obviously disappointed.

"I understand that the NFL's got uniform rules and guidelines that they've got to follow, but that still doesn't mean we're not going to support and honor our community and stand arm-in-arm with them," he declares.

But Ron Hosko of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund cannot be fined by the league, and he is not so understanding – especially in light of the NFL tolerating player protests against the police during the National Anthem.

"Celebrating or recognizing the sacrifice of five Dallas-area police officers who were killed by a madman in the line of duty -- that can't be recognized," he summarizes. "But Colin Kaepernick's slap in the face to law enforcement can be supported."

So Hosko's organization is putting together a petition asking the NFL to punish the protesting players and allow the Cowboys' helmet decals.

"I would like to see the NFL institute a policy that mandates that players are respectful to the sacrifice of tens of thousands of other Americans during the National Anthem," he tells OneNewsNow.

Now more than ever he says officers are in more danger of violent attacks, and the support of the influential NFL would help.

"There's a chill wind blowing across law enforcement," the attorney laments. "One of the manifestations of that chill wind is 50 percent more police officers gunned down this year than last."

The petition, to which the American Family Association has related, can be signed at PoliceDefense.org.

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