Cowboys stun fans and me

September 26, 2017

Sadly, I spoke too soon yesterday in praising my favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, for not joining in the literal kneejerk protest of President Trump’s criticism of players for kneeling during the National Anthem. Before last night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, owner Jerry Jones linked arms with the entire team as they “took a knee.” Jones had previously made it clear that he found it “really disappointing” when players disrespect the flag and Anthem, and he kept politics off the field. Well, he allowed them on last night, and I hope the boos of Cowboys fans let him know what they thought about it.

Jones tried to draw a line between what the Cowboys did and other protesters-in-cleats (noting that they kneeled before the Anthem, not during). He said this was a “show of unity,” but unity with what? With people who do kneel during the National Anthem, as a symbol of how they think the police are racist killers? (Let’s not ever forget that what started this whole practice was one whiny quarterback who hates cops and depicts them as pigs.)


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Does Mr. Jones recall that five Dallas police officers were gunned down while heroically protecting the lives of Black Lives Matter supporters who were protesting them? How about showing solidarity with the Dallas Police by not joining in these protests? Or does he feel a greater need to show solidarity with an NFL commissioner who defends anti-police protests as free speech, yet banned the Cowboys from wearing decals on their helmets honoring those fallen Dallas officers? Hats off to the Arizona Cardinals for refusing to literally bend their knees to the gods of political correctness. Instead, they showed “solidarity” with football fans, who are fed up with having leftist politics infesting and ruining every once-non-partisan common area of American life.

If you want to protest police, then picket the police station. If you want to protest Trump, picket the White House. But why desecrate the honor of the flag and National Anthem with leftwing symbolism that is based on hating America? (And indulging in the same ritual, only slightly before the Anthem starts playing, is just weaselly hair-splitting.)


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Apparently, the only way to make it clear to the players and team owners that fans are sick of this political grandstanding is to hit them in their pocketbooks. I hope Dallas fans who buy tickets and merchandise and who paid for the Cowboys’ otherworldly stadium with their taxes and who are upset about Jones’ about-face make their outrage known loud and clear. You can’t be America’s team if you’re going to “express solidarity” with people who go out of their way to show disrespect for America.

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  • Johnny Burnett

    10/21/2017 09:06 PM

    I co not agree with 'my team' the Cow Boys'.

  • Ouida Perkins

    10/18/2017 12:13 PM

    It scares me with all the hate and protests going on in the USA. I pray this will change and I worry about Trumps safety. I don't support any team that protests at the game. Hold their protests elsewhere. They have taken the joy out of watching a football game.

  • Richard John Niichel

    09/30/2017 03:25 AM

    Well said Mike! I am one of millions of Americans who wish you were now the president of the USA. Although I was strongly against Trump or Hillary being elected, no nation can survive long if half the country makes the kind of protest we are now seeing when their candidate is not elected. As a teacher who has been working in China for the past 15 years, I am sad say that America is not making freedom of the press or freedom of speech look appealing to the rest of the world.

  • Susan Jones Harris

    09/29/2017 01:59 PM

    I thought Jerry Jones did a good thing by taking a knee with the team before the anthem and then having the team stand while the anthem was played. I felt that it was a show of solidarity with the NFL "family," and that he was able to do that without disrespecting our flag. I do not support the use of the NFL stage for political demonstrations. However, this has been thrust upon everyone involved with the league, and I thought Mr. Jones handled it as gracefully and inoffensively as possible.

  • Christopher Pitts

    09/28/2017 06:55 PM

    As a moderate conservative, I have had it up to my eyeballs with my fellow citizens being divided against one another over false conflicts invented by partisan politics.

    As a Southern White man who believes in conservative values, my biggest frustration with the civil discourse right now, is the insistence by politicians and pundits on the left, that I am a racist, mysogenist, homophobic bigot, simply by virtue of my skin color and where I live. Just because there are still a few people in this country who haven't got the memo yet that racism is no longer welcome in our society, doesn't mean that I deserved to be lumped in with them by association, and asked to answer for their idiocy.

    BY THE EXACT SAME TOKEN, the millions and millions of decent black people, regardless of where they are from or what their personal politics are, who are honest citizens every bit as much as I am, do not deserve to be looked down on, or viewed with suspicion, hostility, or fear, by any other citizen in this country, especially by the police officers who are charged with protecting the neighborhoods they live in. Every one of those people deserves to be viewed with the same regard and respect that I want for myself.

    There are specific reasons for the collapse of trust between police officers in poor black neighborhoods, and the people they serve. These reasons go both ways.

    But regardless of the various opinions we have about who is right or wrong, who went too far in this case or that, or what the best approach is to restoring that trust, the goals of all good people are the same - to restore that trust.

    If you are boycotting the NFL over these protests because you don't think black people in this country have anything to complain about, or if you don't think the issue needs to be discussed in our society, then you are boycotting for the right reasons.

    But if you are boycotting because you think these athletes intend to insult you personally, disrespect our veterans, or destroy the United States of America, then you are boycotting based on a misrepresentation of the true opinions and aims of every person in this country who feels like America hates them and does not want them to succeed.

    And in doing so, you are contributing to a problem in the civil discourse that is every bit as damaging to our society, as the lie that all white conservatives are racists and bigots.

    It is a misrepresentation based on pointing out nothing but the worst 30 seconds of humanity that a million video cameras can find, while ignoring the better virtues of literally hundreds of millions of otherwise sane, reasonable people who want the same things you want.

    Mr. Huckabee, I respect your opinions and your leadership as your fellow American, but solving problems and resolving conflicts is not a team sport.

  • Don Loucks

    09/28/2017 06:52 PM

    Having lived in Dallas for a time and many relatives there - I will never again watch or attend a Cowboys football game as long as Jackass Jezabell Jones is the owner!!!!!

  • HARRY S LOGAN

    09/28/2017 05:24 PM

    Huckabee for President!

  • Maebell Pierson

    09/28/2017 01:36 PM

    So disappointed...............Cowboys have proven they are no longer American's team......."MOST" professional athletes and want-a-be actors/actresses are grossly overpaid and with their over-inflated egos have the illusion that they are smarter than average hard-working Americans and assume they are so important that we care what they think. I don't care one iota and........won't be watching or supporting any of them.

  • Michael Andrew Merritt

    09/28/2017 12:08 PM

    Being a former Pastor, I'm sure you are familiar with Paul's letter to Timothy and the church at Thesssalonica which warn of the "spirit of lawlessness" (the spirit of antichrist) that is already at work in the world. Most of II Peter and Jude echo this same warning and the Apostle John addresses it in his first epistle. THIS is what's driving all the clamor and effort to disregard constituted authority. In this case, specific, it's why the NFL sets aside its own rules to cater to those who distain our country and what it stands for. The "spirit" behind this effort is targeting society.....especially young, impressionable children that hold players in high esteem. It sends a message, "don't honor the nation or the system of which you're a part". The fruit of this is an eventual disregard for our nation of "laws". This leads to lawlessness which leads to violence. Jesus warned of it in Matthew 24:12. It's here. It's a growing threat. It's a spiritual battle. Those that hit their knees should be doing so to pray.

  • B Ramsey

    09/28/2017 02:49 AM

    I completely agree with your comments, Mike. I was so looking forward to watching the Cowboys be the shining example of patriotism and the role model for all the other NFL teams when it came their turn to stand proudly for the National Anthem. We were all watching expectantly, when all the players, coaches, and Jerry were lined up together locking arms. Then a sick horror spread through my body as I watched them glance nervously at each other and then take a knee altogether ! What! It couldn't be! Not the All-American Cowboys! I couldn't believe my eyes!
    My husband and I had just talked about how we would continue to watch our Cowboys as long as they didn't participate in that nonsense. To see them cave to the peer pressure was sickening!

  • Beverly Gayler

    09/27/2017 10:45 PM

    Mr. Huckabee my family loves you and you are so right on with what you said about Dallas Cowboy. We are very disappointed in Jerry Jones. Please keep telling the truth. Respectively, Beverly Gayler

  • Kristin M Sears

    09/27/2017 10:27 PM

    Why are they not subject to NFL rules that state all players should be on the field standing for the National Anthem? I had to follow institutional rules when put in place by my employer.

  • Cindy Bridges

    09/27/2017 10:11 PM

    Amen! I really expected more from Jerry Jones and the Cowboy Organization! Very disappointed!

  • Donna Gill

    09/27/2017 10:06 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Huckabee! I totally agree with all you say! I had decided to not watch the NFL except for the Cowboys because of Jerry Jones' respect of the anthem. But when they pulled that form of protest, I immediately turned off the game, and I will no longer watch the Cowboys either. I was proud of the Arizona Cardinals for the way they included the military and veterans in their lineup, and according to the announcers, they offered for the Cowboys to join them. But, instead it was more important for the Cowboys to show their support of the disrespect for our nation. That was even more shameful to me.

  • Patti Heath

    09/27/2017 09:21 PM

    I grew up the daughter of a retired Chief Petty Officer of the US Navy who served during the Cold War. A Niece of a US Marine KIA in Vietnam and a granddaughter of a US Navy WWII veteran as well. I feel that the kneeling isn't going to make a difference. It's those players going out into their communities and working with the local law enforcement to work on ways to prevent things like what they are protesting from happening again. It doesn't matter who and what you are. If a disabled service dog handler like me can go and speak out for the disabled with her local sheriff to help find better ways of educating the officers on better ways of handling situations and getting new laws created by working with their local politicians than so can the NFL players. They need to go out and be active with their communities and law enforcement to work with the local communities to find solutions to the problems going on. If they continue to kneel and do nothing they won't make any progress.

  • Jerri hastings

    09/27/2017 05:32 PM

    I agree Mr Huckaby! I'm from Houston, I'm a Texans fan first and Cowboys fan second . Proud to say that the Texans did stand , as they should!! Wake up Cowboys or you are no longer America's team??!

  • Sharon Deutsch

    09/27/2017 03:17 PM

    I am so sick of all the athletes and now their coaches and owners. My husband and I will boycott anything they pursue! Go ahead leave America, we will be better off!!

  • Phillip Boswell

    09/27/2017 03:10 PM

    I’m not sure who the NFL and other protestors think are benefiting from their actions. Do they honestly believe they’re changing anyone’s minds by kneeling during the anthem? In fact they’re merely increasing Trump’s popularity with the Americans that voted him into office. President Trump is doing exactly what he promised while he was campaigning. I wonder if the NFL/NBA protestors realize the more they do to try to embarrass the president, the more they’re helping him be re-elected. (Just my observation)

  • Jose Ryder

    09/27/2017 03:08 PM

    THE STAR STRANGLED BANNER

    Oh say can you believe how the teams have lost their fight
    How so proudly they've wailed as they were seen kneeling
    Whose broad stripes and left-wings have turned yel-low with blight
    Under their armpits they're tattoos are so blatantly shining
    And their pockets stuffed with green until bursting with flair
    Gave proof at the sight that their WAGS were still there
    Oh say does that star strangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the sheep and the tombs of the brave

  • Sarah Saulsbery

    09/27/2017 01:00 PM

    Spot on, Governor. And I agree with all who love your daughter and how she is managing her very difficult job. She learned from the best!

  • Guy B Wheatley

    09/27/2017 12:23 PM

    I had recorded the game. I usually let it run a while before I start watching so that I can zip though commercials and half-time. The second I saw them kneel, I stopped recording and deleted the video.
    Now if only Brett can give me something worth watching. Whooooo - Pig.

  • David L. Francis Sr.

    09/27/2017 12:02 PM

    Your right on the money Mike..I could not agree with you more. Here is my own statement on what I think of this nonsense.

    Dave Francis
    September 25 at 11:19am ·

    I’ve had enough..!!! I promised myself I would not let this NFL thing get to me, but it has. I cannot believe that any GOOD Americans would side with a bunch of anti-American morons..But they have. Those of you that want to sing “Kumbaya” and roast marshmallows over a campfire with the NFL’s dumbest and most ungrateful millionaires, I pity you. You’ve played right into the hands of another ploy by the NFL to get more publicity…( Remember what the other gang of anti-Americans say in Hollywood, “I don’t care what they say..good or bad as long as they talk about Me..”) They just want asses in the seats and money in their pockets..) They really don’t give a rat’s ass about “a cause”.. Even the league’s head moron is now siding with these despicable idiots. I know many good Americans have said this, but I’m going to say it again in my own words. Disrespecting our flag and our country is not the way to go if you want REAL AMERICANS to sympathize with your cause. Making (what I hope is) the majority of true lovers of this great country of ours incensed by disrespecting what we love and some have sacrificed and died for is not the way to help your cause..But of course you already know this and you are intentionally spitting in the faces of all of us just because you are able to do so and hence bring attention to your worthless selves. If you were truly sincere about your “cause”..You would have figured a way to get your point across without insulting the country that has given you so much. What would it have taken for you to demonstrate your opposition doing what some of us commoners do…Get to the game early and march up and down in front of the stadium with a sign protesting the “unfairness” to your cause…That is if your protest was against our politicians and NOT OUR COUNTRY..!! You’ve given us a perfect picture of what abusing the right to the freedoms some of us have fought for looks like…No doubt that some of you would yell “fire” in a theater when there was no fire..Just because you think you have the right to do so. I will pray for you all and ask God to give you back your common sense..But I will not say”Forgive them for they know not what they do..” Because at this point, you know EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING..!!!

    Most sincerely,

    David L. Francis Sr.

    Proud American

  • Deby Johnston

    09/27/2017 11:59 AM

    Amen, Mr Huckabee. It's nothing short of compromise.

  • Evan Evans

    09/27/2017 11:32 AM

    Shame on you Jerry Jones for orchestrating your teams surrender to the politically correct protest created by “Black Lives Mater” and other extreme left organizations against the Police, the Government, the Flag, the Constitution, and everything that I hold dear. By forcing your team to kneel before the Arizona game you gave your support to their protests and aided and abetted their un-American cause.
    Your actions also cost your team a loyal fan since the team was started in 1960.

  • Geralyn Mitch

    09/27/2017 11:13 AM

    I too am sick by the Cowboys disrespect to our country. I've been taking 20 minutes out of my day, every day, calling sponsors and letting them know that I will not be purchasing their products as long as they support the NFL. I hope everyone that reads this will do the same Thank you Mr. Huckabee for your service;and I am proud of your daughter for the wonderful job she is doing at the White House.
    You and Mrs. Huckabee must be bursting with pride for the beautiful, smart ,well spoken daughter you raised . God bless you and your family

  • Skip Tribby

    09/27/2017 10:58 AM

    I enjoyed hearing you on Janet Parshall yesterday Governor Huckabee and I agree with you 100% on this issue.

  • Bryan Jay Koeff

    09/27/2017 10:57 AM

    I happened to be visiting Texas at the time the Cowboys took the protest knee. At that moment, the noisy restaurant I was in fell completely silent, except for the sound of gasps and a couple emotional whimpers. People were in shock and some hugged each other. This act might be the sports equivalent to a national disaster. Only time will tell...

  • Michael R. Zwernemann

    09/27/2017 10:42 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I served from 1990 to 1995 during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate what you continue to do for this nation. It hurts me to the core when I see those NFL players or anyone else taking a knee to protest. To me, it disgraces what many of us veterans have done to protect America. When I see someone disgrace our country or our flag, I think about the flags that I have seen draped over coffins. I think about the flags folded with precision and given to the families at funerals. What has happened to respect for the flag? What has happened to respect for the office of President? If championship teams do not want to go visit the White House, then maybe President Trump should extend an invitation to Veterans who served proudly. Maybe the White House should invite all the families as well, especially those who have lost love ones in the service of their country. They are all the true champions who deserve to visit our Nation's Capitol. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read these comments. God Bless You! Semper Fi Michael R. Zwernemann

  • Linda Howell

    09/27/2017 09:36 AM

    The true patriotic sport is NASCAR. Before every race, they pray, salute the flag and have a military presence. ....a fly over or recognition of something or someone military. It's big money too for the drivers and on rare occasions you may hear of a driver acting up and needing some help but that's rare. Some of the owners said if the drivers disrespect the flag, they'll be put on a bus and taken away. I have seen nothing in the news about what NASCAR said they would do except for a small article. Maybe the difference in the two sports is that the drivers are doing something death defying and go into every race praying they will survive while the NFL concentrate on protesting. Yes, everyone has a right to express themselves but protesting the symbol of what gave us those rights is not the way. On to another comment....Your daughter is doing fabulous....the best yet....you must be proud.

  • Nancy Whetstine

    09/27/2017 09:29 AM

    I agree that it was disrespectful not only to the flag, country, military, but also to the Arizona Cardinals. The did this out on the field on their logo while the Cardinals team was being announced. All of that is unacceptable behavior. It bothers be that political signs by fans are not allowed in the stadiums, but political opinions expressed by the players on the field is allowed.

  • Gary roberts

    09/27/2017 08:56 AM

    I will never watch or attend an NFL game as long as I live!!!! I am a Christian first, an American next and a conserative after that. I will stand by Trump, minus his language. Thanks.

  • DG Thompson

    09/27/2017 07:04 AM

    Jerry Jones surprised me too.

  • Ginger Ezelle

    09/27/2017 07:03 AM

    I totally agree with you. Football fans want to enjoy a game and retreat from the constant negative world of politics one day a week. Now football has dragged it into the living room and shoved it in our faces. Well let's see how you deal with the respo we of "we the people."

  • Dan Magnusson

    09/27/2017 04:39 AM

    Honorable Governor Huckabee,
    Jerry Jones is smart, by kneeling before the National anthem is played, he gets (blinded by loyalty) fans to think he's against this anti-american protest in order to keep the seats filled.
    By kneeling, he doesn't have to get rid of all those multi-million dollar athletes and end up paying their contracts anyway.
    He's a SMART showman.

  • Kathy S

    09/27/2017 04:01 AM

    As the parent of a woman serving in the military I can't let this issue go. I am stunned by the reaction to NFL Players who choose take a knee during the playing of our national anthem. How can anyone think this is OK. Free speech, the opportunity to disagree are afforded to US citizens by those serving in the military. How do you think a soldier serving in Middle East feels watching football on a Sunday afternoon and sees you aren't standing for the flag they are defending! You need to find another way to express yourself. Military personnel make less annually than most players make per game. Please stop watching the NFL, attending games and show solidarity for your military! IF YOU DON'T LOVE YOUR COUNTRY, LEAVE.

  • Michael McMahan

    09/27/2017 02:04 AM

    All you overpaid gridiron and other sport gladiators need to understand that everyday Americans have had enough! You know we perceive your actions as unpatriotic and you insult us anyway. This did not start with Trump, it started with the disillusioned president that preceeded him. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR POLITICS! YOU ARE OR WERE OUR ESCAPE, SOMETHING TO BRIGHTEN OUR DAY, SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. It is us who pay your outrageous salaries. Most of you earn more in a season than the rest of us earn in a lifetime! Yet, collectively we pay billions of dollars for the tv services and tickets to watch you play, and we pay for the products advertisers pay billions of dollars a year to advertise during the games. It is us who buy multi million dollars worth of over priced team memorabilia. WE ARE OR WERE YOUR GOLDEN GOOSE! Take your protest and politics off the fields and stadiums or you will kill your golden goose! WE KNOW HOW TO PROTEST TOO, AND IT WILL PUT YOU OUT OF A JOB!

  • Ray Martinez

    09/27/2017 01:08 AM

    If Truth Be Told...This is all a Distraction and more Deception to attack Our Nation and the Leaders of this Nation..This Statues & Platforms have been here since Day One..Just another example of Satans's Agenda (Separator), turning One against the Other...People need to wake up to the True Agenda of whats going on here..What will he get the people to attack Next....

  • clifford Losee

    09/27/2017 01:04 AM

    Which is the best way to honor God; on bent knee or standing at attention in glory?

  • Daniel L

    09/27/2017 12:39 AM

    Mike,
    I'm a life long Cowboys fan, die hard but I didnt watch a single game last year, not one second. And I will not watch a single second this year until the NFL stops disrespecting the USA and its great symbols of everything the country stands for, the National Anthem and our Beautiful flag. God Bless America. Every American needs to burn NFL memorabilia, not buy a ticket, and stop watching them on TV. Then the losers may understand we mean business about stopping the disrespect.

  • Karen Wischmeier

    09/26/2017 11:54 PM

    I feel the exact same way! You said it so well. Kneeling no matter if it was before the anthem only made them look like hypocrites. It's a shame that the NFL has become so unpatriotic.

  • Kimberly McGee

    09/26/2017 11:31 PM

    You're not the only one who was disapppointed in Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys! I was so sickened to see what they did! I have always loved watching the Cowboys play, but no more! I'm done with the NFL! Let these overpaid, entitled, spoiled brats put on a military uniform and go face a real enemy in a real war where they could lose a leg, suffer a severe head injury, or lose their life, and there's no ambulance standing by with top physicians ready to care for them. Let them march in the heat carrying 100 pounds of gear, with small canteens of water to get them from place to place. They won't have somebody there to squirt Gatorade in their mouths or massage their sore muscles. Let's see if they learn to respect the price that was paid by so many for their/our freedoms. My daddy served on the ground in the Vietnam War, my uncle landed on the beach at Normandy, my great uncle was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, my son-in-law was in the Navy during the Iraq war, and missed the birth of his first son by a week because he was deployed a week before his birth. We found out when my dad died nearly 5 years ago that some of of the many illnesses he was suffering from were caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. That was the first we had ever heard of it. My dad put 20 years into the Air Force and we missed so many Christmases and various occasions with him because he was deployed. I went to 13 schools in 12 years! All these people who disrespect the flag disrespect the sacrifices made by every man and woman who served this country, and especially the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They also disrespect the families of these men and women.

  • Kimberly McGee

    09/26/2017 11:30 PM

    You're not the only one who was disapppointed in Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys! I was so sickened to see what they did! I have always loved watching the Cowboys play, but no more! I'm done with the NFL! Let these overpaid, entitled, spoiled brats put on a military uniform and go face a real enemy in a real war where they could lose a leg, suffer a severe head injury, or lose their life, and there's no ambulance standing by with top physicians ready to care for them. Let them march in the heat carrying 100 pounds of gear, with small canteens of water to get them from place to place. They won't have somebody there to squirt Gatorade in their mouths or massage their sore muscles. Let's see if they learn to respect the price that was paid by so many for their/our freedoms. My daddy served on the ground in the Vietnam War, my uncle landed on the beach at Normandy, my great uncle was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, my son-in-law was in the Navy during the Iraq war, and missed the birth of his first son by a week because he was deployed a week before his birth. We found out when my dad died nearly 5 years ago that some of of the many illnesses he was suffering from were caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. That was the first we had ever heard of it. My dad put 20 years into the Air Force and we missed so many Christmases and various occasions with him because he was deployed. I went to 13 schools in 12 years! All these people who disrespect the flag disrespect the sacrifices made by every man and woman who served this country, and especially the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They also disrespect the families of these men and women.

  • Elizabeth Bennett

    09/26/2017 11:29 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, why doesn't someone ask them, just what have they changed by protesting? The answer is nothing. A white young man unarmed was shot where I live and it wasn't even put on the news. Why are they not calling or meeting with people to talk about what they see that needs to be changed. Maybe help the people they say they are standing for by helping them get a better education, a job.

  • Mittie Collins

    09/26/2017 11:22 PM

    Gov. I love reading your comments and my husband and I agree with you!! We are so glad you have enough guts to stand up for God and our nation!! We were hoping u would have got president but are glad u still jump in there and say what we would love too say!! God Bless you

  • Tammy carter

    09/26/2017 11:14 PM

    I agree Mike. I hope to see empty stadiums and will also boycott sponsors.

  • Dawn Street

    09/26/2017 11:05 PM

    I am fed up with these "man"-children playing their childish game of football and getting paid big bucks for chasing a "pigskin" up and down the field while running into other players and tackling others!! All this while we pay them millions of dollars and pay for the stadiums for them to play in. Time for this daycare center to close up shop!! And the owners and coaches who are just motivated by the almighty dollar. They don't care about patriotism or fair play or honesty. Just sign the contract right there, boy, and we will pay you $XXXXXX and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Never that the player might get a CHI or a compound fracture that doesn't heal right or develops Alzheimers from the brain injury or loses his sight or develops Parkinsons. I am totally fed up with the "sport"!!

  • PAULA S. ACKERMAN

    09/26/2017 11:00 PM

    This kneeling business has divided our country like any division that I have seen since the race riots during the 1960's. Perhaps not as violent, but I fear violence is coming just like the riots observed during the past two years due to social issues.
    I am sickened that freedom for rights means dishonor to national symbols that represent our freedoms in the first place.
    I support the President.
    And in God's merciful grace, may he see fit to continue blessing us.
    Paula S. Ackerman

  • Cheryl Aust

    09/26/2017 10:48 PM

    Amen. Amen. Amen.

  • Christine Neal

    09/26/2017 10:38 PM

    I have been a fan since 1976 and I thought when Jerry Jones tossed Tom Landry out like he did was the worse thing I had ever seen, but yesterday was sickening. Kowtowing to this Police Hatred was so disturbing I didn't even watch the game and I could careless what their season looks like because that was a kick to the gut. America's team no more.

  • Steven Tucker

    09/26/2017 10:35 PM

    Nauseating! Didn't watch a single game Sunday because of all the whinning, disrespecting, overpaid fit throwers that has somehow crept in and taken over my football watching experience. But I defended my Cowboys avidly! Saying, "my Cowboys will never compromise their strong patriotism for our country, and bow a knee to this political CRAP that never should have been allowed in football!" Wow...was I wrong! Jerry Jones is nothing more than a...Sell-Out! I am so done with the NFL! I absolutely will not buy another ticket or watch another game until SOMEBODY with the authority steps up and stops this maddness. I am an Army veteran, and I will waste my time watching these pretty rich boys disrespect my flag and the country I swore to defend against...Friend or Foe! I'm out....Peace!

Cowboys stun fans and me

September 26, 2017

Sadly, I spoke too soon yesterday in praising my favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, for not joining in the literal kneejerk protest of President Trump’s criticism of players for kneeling during the National Anthem. Before last night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, owner Jerry Jones linked arms with the entire team as they “took a knee.” Jones had previously made it clear that he found it “really disappointing” when players disrespect the flag and Anthem, and he kept politics off the field. Well, he allowed them on last night, and I hope the boos of Cowboys fans let him know what they thought about it.

Jones tried to draw a line between what the Cowboys did and other protesters-in-cleats (noting that they kneeled before the Anthem, not during). He said this was a “show of unity,” but unity with what? With people who do kneel during the National Anthem, as a symbol of how they think the police are racist killers? (Let’s not ever forget that what started this whole practice was one whiny quarterback who hates cops and depicts them as pigs.)


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Does Mr. Jones recall that five Dallas police officers were gunned down while heroically protecting the lives of Black Lives Matter supporters who were protesting them? How about showing solidarity with the Dallas Police by not joining in these protests? Or does he feel a greater need to show solidarity with an NFL commissioner who defends anti-police protests as free speech, yet banned the Cowboys from wearing decals on their helmets honoring those fallen Dallas officers? Hats off to the Arizona Cardinals for refusing to literally bend their knees to the gods of political correctness. Instead, they showed “solidarity” with football fans, who are fed up with having leftist politics infesting and ruining every once-non-partisan common area of American life.

If you want to protest police, then picket the police station. If you want to protest Trump, picket the White House. But why desecrate the honor of the flag and National Anthem with leftwing symbolism that is based on hating America? (And indulging in the same ritual, only slightly before the Anthem starts playing, is just weaselly hair-splitting.)


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Apparently, the only way to make it clear to the players and team owners that fans are sick of this political grandstanding is to hit them in their pocketbooks. I hope Dallas fans who buy tickets and merchandise and who paid for the Cowboys’ otherworldly stadium with their taxes and who are upset about Jones’ about-face make their outrage known loud and clear. You can’t be America’s team if you’re going to “express solidarity” with people who go out of their way to show disrespect for America.

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  • Johnny Burnett

    10/21/2017 09:06 PM

    I co not agree with 'my team' the Cow Boys'.

  • Ouida Perkins

    10/18/2017 12:13 PM

    It scares me with all the hate and protests going on in the USA. I pray this will change and I worry about Trumps safety. I don't support any team that protests at the game. Hold their protests elsewhere. They have taken the joy out of watching a football game.

  • Richard John Niichel

    09/30/2017 03:25 AM

    Well said Mike! I am one of millions of Americans who wish you were now the president of the USA. Although I was strongly against Trump or Hillary being elected, no nation can survive long if half the country makes the kind of protest we are now seeing when their candidate is not elected. As a teacher who has been working in China for the past 15 years, I am sad say that America is not making freedom of the press or freedom of speech look appealing to the rest of the world.

  • Susan Jones Harris

    09/29/2017 01:59 PM

    I thought Jerry Jones did a good thing by taking a knee with the team before the anthem and then having the team stand while the anthem was played. I felt that it was a show of solidarity with the NFL "family," and that he was able to do that without disrespecting our flag. I do not support the use of the NFL stage for political demonstrations. However, this has been thrust upon everyone involved with the league, and I thought Mr. Jones handled it as gracefully and inoffensively as possible.

  • Christopher Pitts

    09/28/2017 06:55 PM

    As a moderate conservative, I have had it up to my eyeballs with my fellow citizens being divided against one another over false conflicts invented by partisan politics.

    As a Southern White man who believes in conservative values, my biggest frustration with the civil discourse right now, is the insistence by politicians and pundits on the left, that I am a racist, mysogenist, homophobic bigot, simply by virtue of my skin color and where I live. Just because there are still a few people in this country who haven't got the memo yet that racism is no longer welcome in our society, doesn't mean that I deserved to be lumped in with them by association, and asked to answer for their idiocy.

    BY THE EXACT SAME TOKEN, the millions and millions of decent black people, regardless of where they are from or what their personal politics are, who are honest citizens every bit as much as I am, do not deserve to be looked down on, or viewed with suspicion, hostility, or fear, by any other citizen in this country, especially by the police officers who are charged with protecting the neighborhoods they live in. Every one of those people deserves to be viewed with the same regard and respect that I want for myself.

    There are specific reasons for the collapse of trust between police officers in poor black neighborhoods, and the people they serve. These reasons go both ways.

    But regardless of the various opinions we have about who is right or wrong, who went too far in this case or that, or what the best approach is to restoring that trust, the goals of all good people are the same - to restore that trust.

    If you are boycotting the NFL over these protests because you don't think black people in this country have anything to complain about, or if you don't think the issue needs to be discussed in our society, then you are boycotting for the right reasons.

    But if you are boycotting because you think these athletes intend to insult you personally, disrespect our veterans, or destroy the United States of America, then you are boycotting based on a misrepresentation of the true opinions and aims of every person in this country who feels like America hates them and does not want them to succeed.

    And in doing so, you are contributing to a problem in the civil discourse that is every bit as damaging to our society, as the lie that all white conservatives are racists and bigots.

    It is a misrepresentation based on pointing out nothing but the worst 30 seconds of humanity that a million video cameras can find, while ignoring the better virtues of literally hundreds of millions of otherwise sane, reasonable people who want the same things you want.

    Mr. Huckabee, I respect your opinions and your leadership as your fellow American, but solving problems and resolving conflicts is not a team sport.

  • Don Loucks

    09/28/2017 06:52 PM

    Having lived in Dallas for a time and many relatives there - I will never again watch or attend a Cowboys football game as long as Jackass Jezabell Jones is the owner!!!!!

  • HARRY S LOGAN

    09/28/2017 05:24 PM

    Huckabee for President!

  • Maebell Pierson

    09/28/2017 01:36 PM

    So disappointed...............Cowboys have proven they are no longer American's team......."MOST" professional athletes and want-a-be actors/actresses are grossly overpaid and with their over-inflated egos have the illusion that they are smarter than average hard-working Americans and assume they are so important that we care what they think. I don't care one iota and........won't be watching or supporting any of them.

  • Michael Andrew Merritt

    09/28/2017 12:08 PM

    Being a former Pastor, I'm sure you are familiar with Paul's letter to Timothy and the church at Thesssalonica which warn of the "spirit of lawlessness" (the spirit of antichrist) that is already at work in the world. Most of II Peter and Jude echo this same warning and the Apostle John addresses it in his first epistle. THIS is what's driving all the clamor and effort to disregard constituted authority. In this case, specific, it's why the NFL sets aside its own rules to cater to those who distain our country and what it stands for. The "spirit" behind this effort is targeting society.....especially young, impressionable children that hold players in high esteem. It sends a message, "don't honor the nation or the system of which you're a part". The fruit of this is an eventual disregard for our nation of "laws". This leads to lawlessness which leads to violence. Jesus warned of it in Matthew 24:12. It's here. It's a growing threat. It's a spiritual battle. Those that hit their knees should be doing so to pray.

  • B Ramsey

    09/28/2017 02:49 AM

    I completely agree with your comments, Mike. I was so looking forward to watching the Cowboys be the shining example of patriotism and the role model for all the other NFL teams when it came their turn to stand proudly for the National Anthem. We were all watching expectantly, when all the players, coaches, and Jerry were lined up together locking arms. Then a sick horror spread through my body as I watched them glance nervously at each other and then take a knee altogether ! What! It couldn't be! Not the All-American Cowboys! I couldn't believe my eyes!
    My husband and I had just talked about how we would continue to watch our Cowboys as long as they didn't participate in that nonsense. To see them cave to the peer pressure was sickening!

  • Beverly Gayler

    09/27/2017 10:45 PM

    Mr. Huckabee my family loves you and you are so right on with what you said about Dallas Cowboy. We are very disappointed in Jerry Jones. Please keep telling the truth. Respectively, Beverly Gayler

  • Kristin M Sears

    09/27/2017 10:27 PM

    Why are they not subject to NFL rules that state all players should be on the field standing for the National Anthem? I had to follow institutional rules when put in place by my employer.

  • Cindy Bridges

    09/27/2017 10:11 PM

    Amen! I really expected more from Jerry Jones and the Cowboy Organization! Very disappointed!

  • Donna Gill

    09/27/2017 10:06 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Huckabee! I totally agree with all you say! I had decided to not watch the NFL except for the Cowboys because of Jerry Jones' respect of the anthem. But when they pulled that form of protest, I immediately turned off the game, and I will no longer watch the Cowboys either. I was proud of the Arizona Cardinals for the way they included the military and veterans in their lineup, and according to the announcers, they offered for the Cowboys to join them. But, instead it was more important for the Cowboys to show their support of the disrespect for our nation. That was even more shameful to me.

  • Patti Heath

    09/27/2017 09:21 PM

    I grew up the daughter of a retired Chief Petty Officer of the US Navy who served during the Cold War. A Niece of a US Marine KIA in Vietnam and a granddaughter of a US Navy WWII veteran as well. I feel that the kneeling isn't going to make a difference. It's those players going out into their communities and working with the local law enforcement to work on ways to prevent things like what they are protesting from happening again. It doesn't matter who and what you are. If a disabled service dog handler like me can go and speak out for the disabled with her local sheriff to help find better ways of educating the officers on better ways of handling situations and getting new laws created by working with their local politicians than so can the NFL players. They need to go out and be active with their communities and law enforcement to work with the local communities to find solutions to the problems going on. If they continue to kneel and do nothing they won't make any progress.

  • Jerri hastings

    09/27/2017 05:32 PM

    I agree Mr Huckaby! I'm from Houston, I'm a Texans fan first and Cowboys fan second . Proud to say that the Texans did stand , as they should!! Wake up Cowboys or you are no longer America's team??!

  • Sharon Deutsch

    09/27/2017 03:17 PM

    I am so sick of all the athletes and now their coaches and owners. My husband and I will boycott anything they pursue! Go ahead leave America, we will be better off!!

  • Phillip Boswell

    09/27/2017 03:10 PM

    I’m not sure who the NFL and other protestors think are benefiting from their actions. Do they honestly believe they’re changing anyone’s minds by kneeling during the anthem? In fact they’re merely increasing Trump’s popularity with the Americans that voted him into office. President Trump is doing exactly what he promised while he was campaigning. I wonder if the NFL/NBA protestors realize the more they do to try to embarrass the president, the more they’re helping him be re-elected. (Just my observation)

  • Jose Ryder

    09/27/2017 03:08 PM

    THE STAR STRANGLED BANNER

    Oh say can you believe how the teams have lost their fight
    How so proudly they've wailed as they were seen kneeling
    Whose broad stripes and left-wings have turned yel-low with blight
    Under their armpits they're tattoos are so blatantly shining
    And their pockets stuffed with green until bursting with flair
    Gave proof at the sight that their WAGS were still there
    Oh say does that star strangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the sheep and the tombs of the brave

  • Sarah Saulsbery

    09/27/2017 01:00 PM

    Spot on, Governor. And I agree with all who love your daughter and how she is managing her very difficult job. She learned from the best!

  • Guy B Wheatley

    09/27/2017 12:23 PM

    I had recorded the game. I usually let it run a while before I start watching so that I can zip though commercials and half-time. The second I saw them kneel, I stopped recording and deleted the video.
    Now if only Brett can give me something worth watching. Whooooo - Pig.

  • David L. Francis Sr.

    09/27/2017 12:02 PM

    Your right on the money Mike..I could not agree with you more. Here is my own statement on what I think of this nonsense.

    Dave Francis
    September 25 at 11:19am ·

    I’ve had enough..!!! I promised myself I would not let this NFL thing get to me, but it has. I cannot believe that any GOOD Americans would side with a bunch of anti-American morons..But they have. Those of you that want to sing “Kumbaya” and roast marshmallows over a campfire with the NFL’s dumbest and most ungrateful millionaires, I pity you. You’ve played right into the hands of another ploy by the NFL to get more publicity…( Remember what the other gang of anti-Americans say in Hollywood, “I don’t care what they say..good or bad as long as they talk about Me..”) They just want asses in the seats and money in their pockets..) They really don’t give a rat’s ass about “a cause”.. Even the league’s head moron is now siding with these despicable idiots. I know many good Americans have said this, but I’m going to say it again in my own words. Disrespecting our flag and our country is not the way to go if you want REAL AMERICANS to sympathize with your cause. Making (what I hope is) the majority of true lovers of this great country of ours incensed by disrespecting what we love and some have sacrificed and died for is not the way to help your cause..But of course you already know this and you are intentionally spitting in the faces of all of us just because you are able to do so and hence bring attention to your worthless selves. If you were truly sincere about your “cause”..You would have figured a way to get your point across without insulting the country that has given you so much. What would it have taken for you to demonstrate your opposition doing what some of us commoners do…Get to the game early and march up and down in front of the stadium with a sign protesting the “unfairness” to your cause…That is if your protest was against our politicians and NOT OUR COUNTRY..!! You’ve given us a perfect picture of what abusing the right to the freedoms some of us have fought for looks like…No doubt that some of you would yell “fire” in a theater when there was no fire..Just because you think you have the right to do so. I will pray for you all and ask God to give you back your common sense..But I will not say”Forgive them for they know not what they do..” Because at this point, you know EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING..!!!

    Most sincerely,

    David L. Francis Sr.

    Proud American

  • Deby Johnston

    09/27/2017 11:59 AM

    Amen, Mr Huckabee. It's nothing short of compromise.

  • Evan Evans

    09/27/2017 11:32 AM

    Shame on you Jerry Jones for orchestrating your teams surrender to the politically correct protest created by “Black Lives Mater” and other extreme left organizations against the Police, the Government, the Flag, the Constitution, and everything that I hold dear. By forcing your team to kneel before the Arizona game you gave your support to their protests and aided and abetted their un-American cause.
    Your actions also cost your team a loyal fan since the team was started in 1960.

  • Geralyn Mitch

    09/27/2017 11:13 AM

    I too am sick by the Cowboys disrespect to our country. I've been taking 20 minutes out of my day, every day, calling sponsors and letting them know that I will not be purchasing their products as long as they support the NFL. I hope everyone that reads this will do the same Thank you Mr. Huckabee for your service;and I am proud of your daughter for the wonderful job she is doing at the White House.
    You and Mrs. Huckabee must be bursting with pride for the beautiful, smart ,well spoken daughter you raised . God bless you and your family

  • Skip Tribby

    09/27/2017 10:58 AM

    I enjoyed hearing you on Janet Parshall yesterday Governor Huckabee and I agree with you 100% on this issue.

  • Bryan Jay Koeff

    09/27/2017 10:57 AM

    I happened to be visiting Texas at the time the Cowboys took the protest knee. At that moment, the noisy restaurant I was in fell completely silent, except for the sound of gasps and a couple emotional whimpers. People were in shock and some hugged each other. This act might be the sports equivalent to a national disaster. Only time will tell...

  • Michael R. Zwernemann

    09/27/2017 10:42 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I served from 1990 to 1995 during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate what you continue to do for this nation. It hurts me to the core when I see those NFL players or anyone else taking a knee to protest. To me, it disgraces what many of us veterans have done to protect America. When I see someone disgrace our country or our flag, I think about the flags that I have seen draped over coffins. I think about the flags folded with precision and given to the families at funerals. What has happened to respect for the flag? What has happened to respect for the office of President? If championship teams do not want to go visit the White House, then maybe President Trump should extend an invitation to Veterans who served proudly. Maybe the White House should invite all the families as well, especially those who have lost love ones in the service of their country. They are all the true champions who deserve to visit our Nation's Capitol. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read these comments. God Bless You! Semper Fi Michael R. Zwernemann

  • Linda Howell

    09/27/2017 09:36 AM

    The true patriotic sport is NASCAR. Before every race, they pray, salute the flag and have a military presence. ....a fly over or recognition of something or someone military. It's big money too for the drivers and on rare occasions you may hear of a driver acting up and needing some help but that's rare. Some of the owners said if the drivers disrespect the flag, they'll be put on a bus and taken away. I have seen nothing in the news about what NASCAR said they would do except for a small article. Maybe the difference in the two sports is that the drivers are doing something death defying and go into every race praying they will survive while the NFL concentrate on protesting. Yes, everyone has a right to express themselves but protesting the symbol of what gave us those rights is not the way. On to another comment....Your daughter is doing fabulous....the best yet....you must be proud.

  • Nancy Whetstine

    09/27/2017 09:29 AM

    I agree that it was disrespectful not only to the flag, country, military, but also to the Arizona Cardinals. The did this out on the field on their logo while the Cardinals team was being announced. All of that is unacceptable behavior. It bothers be that political signs by fans are not allowed in the stadiums, but political opinions expressed by the players on the field is allowed.

  • Gary roberts

    09/27/2017 08:56 AM

    I will never watch or attend an NFL game as long as I live!!!! I am a Christian first, an American next and a conserative after that. I will stand by Trump, minus his language. Thanks.

  • DG Thompson

    09/27/2017 07:04 AM

    Jerry Jones surprised me too.

  • Ginger Ezelle

    09/27/2017 07:03 AM

    I totally agree with you. Football fans want to enjoy a game and retreat from the constant negative world of politics one day a week. Now football has dragged it into the living room and shoved it in our faces. Well let's see how you deal with the respo we of "we the people."

  • Dan Magnusson

    09/27/2017 04:39 AM

    Honorable Governor Huckabee,
    Jerry Jones is smart, by kneeling before the National anthem is played, he gets (blinded by loyalty) fans to think he's against this anti-american protest in order to keep the seats filled.
    By kneeling, he doesn't have to get rid of all those multi-million dollar athletes and end up paying their contracts anyway.
    He's a SMART showman.

  • Kathy S

    09/27/2017 04:01 AM

    As the parent of a woman serving in the military I can't let this issue go. I am stunned by the reaction to NFL Players who choose take a knee during the playing of our national anthem. How can anyone think this is OK. Free speech, the opportunity to disagree are afforded to US citizens by those serving in the military. How do you think a soldier serving in Middle East feels watching football on a Sunday afternoon and sees you aren't standing for the flag they are defending! You need to find another way to express yourself. Military personnel make less annually than most players make per game. Please stop watching the NFL, attending games and show solidarity for your military! IF YOU DON'T LOVE YOUR COUNTRY, LEAVE.

  • Michael McMahan

    09/27/2017 02:04 AM

    All you overpaid gridiron and other sport gladiators need to understand that everyday Americans have had enough! You know we perceive your actions as unpatriotic and you insult us anyway. This did not start with Trump, it started with the disillusioned president that preceeded him. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR POLITICS! YOU ARE OR WERE OUR ESCAPE, SOMETHING TO BRIGHTEN OUR DAY, SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. It is us who pay your outrageous salaries. Most of you earn more in a season than the rest of us earn in a lifetime! Yet, collectively we pay billions of dollars for the tv services and tickets to watch you play, and we pay for the products advertisers pay billions of dollars a year to advertise during the games. It is us who buy multi million dollars worth of over priced team memorabilia. WE ARE OR WERE YOUR GOLDEN GOOSE! Take your protest and politics off the fields and stadiums or you will kill your golden goose! WE KNOW HOW TO PROTEST TOO, AND IT WILL PUT YOU OUT OF A JOB!

  • Ray Martinez

    09/27/2017 01:08 AM

    If Truth Be Told...This is all a Distraction and more Deception to attack Our Nation and the Leaders of this Nation..This Statues & Platforms have been here since Day One..Just another example of Satans's Agenda (Separator), turning One against the Other...People need to wake up to the True Agenda of whats going on here..What will he get the people to attack Next....

  • clifford Losee

    09/27/2017 01:04 AM

    Which is the best way to honor God; on bent knee or standing at attention in glory?

  • Daniel L

    09/27/2017 12:39 AM

    Mike,
    I'm a life long Cowboys fan, die hard but I didnt watch a single game last year, not one second. And I will not watch a single second this year until the NFL stops disrespecting the USA and its great symbols of everything the country stands for, the National Anthem and our Beautiful flag. God Bless America. Every American needs to burn NFL memorabilia, not buy a ticket, and stop watching them on TV. Then the losers may understand we mean business about stopping the disrespect.

  • Karen Wischmeier

    09/26/2017 11:54 PM

    I feel the exact same way! You said it so well. Kneeling no matter if it was before the anthem only made them look like hypocrites. It's a shame that the NFL has become so unpatriotic.

  • Kimberly McGee

    09/26/2017 11:31 PM

    You're not the only one who was disapppointed in Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys! I was so sickened to see what they did! I have always loved watching the Cowboys play, but no more! I'm done with the NFL! Let these overpaid, entitled, spoiled brats put on a military uniform and go face a real enemy in a real war where they could lose a leg, suffer a severe head injury, or lose their life, and there's no ambulance standing by with top physicians ready to care for them. Let them march in the heat carrying 100 pounds of gear, with small canteens of water to get them from place to place. They won't have somebody there to squirt Gatorade in their mouths or massage their sore muscles. Let's see if they learn to respect the price that was paid by so many for their/our freedoms. My daddy served on the ground in the Vietnam War, my uncle landed on the beach at Normandy, my great uncle was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, my son-in-law was in the Navy during the Iraq war, and missed the birth of his first son by a week because he was deployed a week before his birth. We found out when my dad died nearly 5 years ago that some of of the many illnesses he was suffering from were caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. That was the first we had ever heard of it. My dad put 20 years into the Air Force and we missed so many Christmases and various occasions with him because he was deployed. I went to 13 schools in 12 years! All these people who disrespect the flag disrespect the sacrifices made by every man and woman who served this country, and especially the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They also disrespect the families of these men and women.

  • Kimberly McGee

    09/26/2017 11:30 PM

    You're not the only one who was disapppointed in Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys! I was so sickened to see what they did! I have always loved watching the Cowboys play, but no more! I'm done with the NFL! Let these overpaid, entitled, spoiled brats put on a military uniform and go face a real enemy in a real war where they could lose a leg, suffer a severe head injury, or lose their life, and there's no ambulance standing by with top physicians ready to care for them. Let them march in the heat carrying 100 pounds of gear, with small canteens of water to get them from place to place. They won't have somebody there to squirt Gatorade in their mouths or massage their sore muscles. Let's see if they learn to respect the price that was paid by so many for their/our freedoms. My daddy served on the ground in the Vietnam War, my uncle landed on the beach at Normandy, my great uncle was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, my son-in-law was in the Navy during the Iraq war, and missed the birth of his first son by a week because he was deployed a week before his birth. We found out when my dad died nearly 5 years ago that some of of the many illnesses he was suffering from were caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. That was the first we had ever heard of it. My dad put 20 years into the Air Force and we missed so many Christmases and various occasions with him because he was deployed. I went to 13 schools in 12 years! All these people who disrespect the flag disrespect the sacrifices made by every man and woman who served this country, and especially the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They also disrespect the families of these men and women.

  • Elizabeth Bennett

    09/26/2017 11:29 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, why doesn't someone ask them, just what have they changed by protesting? The answer is nothing. A white young man unarmed was shot where I live and it wasn't even put on the news. Why are they not calling or meeting with people to talk about what they see that needs to be changed. Maybe help the people they say they are standing for by helping them get a better education, a job.

  • Mittie Collins

    09/26/2017 11:22 PM

    Gov. I love reading your comments and my husband and I agree with you!! We are so glad you have enough guts to stand up for God and our nation!! We were hoping u would have got president but are glad u still jump in there and say what we would love too say!! God Bless you

  • Tammy carter

    09/26/2017 11:14 PM

    I agree Mike. I hope to see empty stadiums and will also boycott sponsors.

  • Dawn Street

    09/26/2017 11:05 PM

    I am fed up with these "man"-children playing their childish game of football and getting paid big bucks for chasing a "pigskin" up and down the field while running into other players and tackling others!! All this while we pay them millions of dollars and pay for the stadiums for them to play in. Time for this daycare center to close up shop!! And the owners and coaches who are just motivated by the almighty dollar. They don't care about patriotism or fair play or honesty. Just sign the contract right there, boy, and we will pay you $XXXXXX and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Never that the player might get a CHI or a compound fracture that doesn't heal right or develops Alzheimers from the brain injury or loses his sight or develops Parkinsons. I am totally fed up with the "sport"!!

  • PAULA S. ACKERMAN

    09/26/2017 11:00 PM

    This kneeling business has divided our country like any division that I have seen since the race riots during the 1960's. Perhaps not as violent, but I fear violence is coming just like the riots observed during the past two years due to social issues.
    I am sickened that freedom for rights means dishonor to national symbols that represent our freedoms in the first place.
    I support the President.
    And in God's merciful grace, may he see fit to continue blessing us.
    Paula S. Ackerman

  • Cheryl Aust

    09/26/2017 10:48 PM

    Amen. Amen. Amen.

  • Christine Neal

    09/26/2017 10:38 PM

    I have been a fan since 1976 and I thought when Jerry Jones tossed Tom Landry out like he did was the worse thing I had ever seen, but yesterday was sickening. Kowtowing to this Police Hatred was so disturbing I didn't even watch the game and I could careless what their season looks like because that was a kick to the gut. America's team no more.

  • Steven Tucker

    09/26/2017 10:35 PM

    Nauseating! Didn't watch a single game Sunday because of all the whinning, disrespecting, overpaid fit throwers that has somehow crept in and taken over my football watching experience. But I defended my Cowboys avidly! Saying, "my Cowboys will never compromise their strong patriotism for our country, and bow a knee to this political CRAP that never should have been allowed in football!" Wow...was I wrong! Jerry Jones is nothing more than a...Sell-Out! I am so done with the NFL! I absolutely will not buy another ticket or watch another game until SOMEBODY with the authority steps up and stops this maddness. I am an Army veteran, and I will waste my time watching these pretty rich boys disrespect my flag and the country I swore to defend against...Friend or Foe! I'm out....Peace!

Cowboys stun fans and me

September 26, 2017

Sadly, I spoke too soon yesterday in praising my favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, for not joining in the literal kneejerk protest of President Trump’s criticism of players for kneeling during the National Anthem. Before last night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, owner Jerry Jones linked arms with the entire team as they “took a knee.” Jones had previously made it clear that he found it “really disappointing” when players disrespect the flag and Anthem, and he kept politics off the field. Well, he allowed them on last night, and I hope the boos of Cowboys fans let him know what they thought about it.

Jones tried to draw a line between what the Cowboys did and other protesters-in-cleats (noting that they kneeled before the Anthem, not during). He said this was a “show of unity,” but unity with what? With people who do kneel during the National Anthem, as a symbol of how they think the police are racist killers? (Let’s not ever forget that what started this whole practice was one whiny quarterback who hates cops and depicts them as pigs.)


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Does Mr. Jones recall that five Dallas police officers were gunned down while heroically protecting the lives of Black Lives Matter supporters who were protesting them? How about showing solidarity with the Dallas Police by not joining in these protests? Or does he feel a greater need to show solidarity with an NFL commissioner who defends anti-police protests as free speech, yet banned the Cowboys from wearing decals on their helmets honoring those fallen Dallas officers? Hats off to the Arizona Cardinals for refusing to literally bend their knees to the gods of political correctness. Instead, they showed “solidarity” with football fans, who are fed up with having leftist politics infesting and ruining every once-non-partisan common area of American life.

If you want to protest police, then picket the police station. If you want to protest Trump, picket the White House. But why desecrate the honor of the flag and National Anthem with leftwing symbolism that is based on hating America? (And indulging in the same ritual, only slightly before the Anthem starts playing, is just weaselly hair-splitting.)


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Apparently, the only way to make it clear to the players and team owners that fans are sick of this political grandstanding is to hit them in their pocketbooks. I hope Dallas fans who buy tickets and merchandise and who paid for the Cowboys’ otherworldly stadium with their taxes and who are upset about Jones’ about-face make their outrage known loud and clear. You can’t be America’s team if you’re going to “express solidarity” with people who go out of their way to show disrespect for America.

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  • Johnny Burnett

    10/21/2017 09:06 PM

    I co not agree with 'my team' the Cow Boys'.

  • Ouida Perkins

    10/18/2017 12:13 PM

    It scares me with all the hate and protests going on in the USA. I pray this will change and I worry about Trumps safety. I don't support any team that protests at the game. Hold their protests elsewhere. They have taken the joy out of watching a football game.

  • Richard John Niichel

    09/30/2017 03:25 AM

    Well said Mike! I am one of millions of Americans who wish you were now the president of the USA. Although I was strongly against Trump or Hillary being elected, no nation can survive long if half the country makes the kind of protest we are now seeing when their candidate is not elected. As a teacher who has been working in China for the past 15 years, I am sad say that America is not making freedom of the press or freedom of speech look appealing to the rest of the world.

  • Susan Jones Harris

    09/29/2017 01:59 PM

    I thought Jerry Jones did a good thing by taking a knee with the team before the anthem and then having the team stand while the anthem was played. I felt that it was a show of solidarity with the NFL "family," and that he was able to do that without disrespecting our flag. I do not support the use of the NFL stage for political demonstrations. However, this has been thrust upon everyone involved with the league, and I thought Mr. Jones handled it as gracefully and inoffensively as possible.

  • Christopher Pitts

    09/28/2017 06:55 PM

    As a moderate conservative, I have had it up to my eyeballs with my fellow citizens being divided against one another over false conflicts invented by partisan politics.

    As a Southern White man who believes in conservative values, my biggest frustration with the civil discourse right now, is the insistence by politicians and pundits on the left, that I am a racist, mysogenist, homophobic bigot, simply by virtue of my skin color and where I live. Just because there are still a few people in this country who haven't got the memo yet that racism is no longer welcome in our society, doesn't mean that I deserved to be lumped in with them by association, and asked to answer for their idiocy.

    BY THE EXACT SAME TOKEN, the millions and millions of decent black people, regardless of where they are from or what their personal politics are, who are honest citizens every bit as much as I am, do not deserve to be looked down on, or viewed with suspicion, hostility, or fear, by any other citizen in this country, especially by the police officers who are charged with protecting the neighborhoods they live in. Every one of those people deserves to be viewed with the same regard and respect that I want for myself.

    There are specific reasons for the collapse of trust between police officers in poor black neighborhoods, and the people they serve. These reasons go both ways.

    But regardless of the various opinions we have about who is right or wrong, who went too far in this case or that, or what the best approach is to restoring that trust, the goals of all good people are the same - to restore that trust.

    If you are boycotting the NFL over these protests because you don't think black people in this country have anything to complain about, or if you don't think the issue needs to be discussed in our society, then you are boycotting for the right reasons.

    But if you are boycotting because you think these athletes intend to insult you personally, disrespect our veterans, or destroy the United States of America, then you are boycotting based on a misrepresentation of the true opinions and aims of every person in this country who feels like America hates them and does not want them to succeed.

    And in doing so, you are contributing to a problem in the civil discourse that is every bit as damaging to our society, as the lie that all white conservatives are racists and bigots.

    It is a misrepresentation based on pointing out nothing but the worst 30 seconds of humanity that a million video cameras can find, while ignoring the better virtues of literally hundreds of millions of otherwise sane, reasonable people who want the same things you want.

    Mr. Huckabee, I respect your opinions and your leadership as your fellow American, but solving problems and resolving conflicts is not a team sport.

  • Don Loucks

    09/28/2017 06:52 PM

    Having lived in Dallas for a time and many relatives there - I will never again watch or attend a Cowboys football game as long as Jackass Jezabell Jones is the owner!!!!!

  • HARRY S LOGAN

    09/28/2017 05:24 PM

    Huckabee for President!

  • Maebell Pierson

    09/28/2017 01:36 PM

    So disappointed...............Cowboys have proven they are no longer American's team......."MOST" professional athletes and want-a-be actors/actresses are grossly overpaid and with their over-inflated egos have the illusion that they are smarter than average hard-working Americans and assume they are so important that we care what they think. I don't care one iota and........won't be watching or supporting any of them.

  • Michael Andrew Merritt

    09/28/2017 12:08 PM

    Being a former Pastor, I'm sure you are familiar with Paul's letter to Timothy and the church at Thesssalonica which warn of the "spirit of lawlessness" (the spirit of antichrist) that is already at work in the world. Most of II Peter and Jude echo this same warning and the Apostle John addresses it in his first epistle. THIS is what's driving all the clamor and effort to disregard constituted authority. In this case, specific, it's why the NFL sets aside its own rules to cater to those who distain our country and what it stands for. The "spirit" behind this effort is targeting society.....especially young, impressionable children that hold players in high esteem. It sends a message, "don't honor the nation or the system of which you're a part". The fruit of this is an eventual disregard for our nation of "laws". This leads to lawlessness which leads to violence. Jesus warned of it in Matthew 24:12. It's here. It's a growing threat. It's a spiritual battle. Those that hit their knees should be doing so to pray.

  • B Ramsey

    09/28/2017 02:49 AM

    I completely agree with your comments, Mike. I was so looking forward to watching the Cowboys be the shining example of patriotism and the role model for all the other NFL teams when it came their turn to stand proudly for the National Anthem. We were all watching expectantly, when all the players, coaches, and Jerry were lined up together locking arms. Then a sick horror spread through my body as I watched them glance nervously at each other and then take a knee altogether ! What! It couldn't be! Not the All-American Cowboys! I couldn't believe my eyes!
    My husband and I had just talked about how we would continue to watch our Cowboys as long as they didn't participate in that nonsense. To see them cave to the peer pressure was sickening!

  • Beverly Gayler

    09/27/2017 10:45 PM

    Mr. Huckabee my family loves you and you are so right on with what you said about Dallas Cowboy. We are very disappointed in Jerry Jones. Please keep telling the truth. Respectively, Beverly Gayler

  • Kristin M Sears

    09/27/2017 10:27 PM

    Why are they not subject to NFL rules that state all players should be on the field standing for the National Anthem? I had to follow institutional rules when put in place by my employer.

  • Cindy Bridges

    09/27/2017 10:11 PM

    Amen! I really expected more from Jerry Jones and the Cowboy Organization! Very disappointed!

  • Donna Gill

    09/27/2017 10:06 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Huckabee! I totally agree with all you say! I had decided to not watch the NFL except for the Cowboys because of Jerry Jones' respect of the anthem. But when they pulled that form of protest, I immediately turned off the game, and I will no longer watch the Cowboys either. I was proud of the Arizona Cardinals for the way they included the military and veterans in their lineup, and according to the announcers, they offered for the Cowboys to join them. But, instead it was more important for the Cowboys to show their support of the disrespect for our nation. That was even more shameful to me.

  • Patti Heath

    09/27/2017 09:21 PM

    I grew up the daughter of a retired Chief Petty Officer of the US Navy who served during the Cold War. A Niece of a US Marine KIA in Vietnam and a granddaughter of a US Navy WWII veteran as well. I feel that the kneeling isn't going to make a difference. It's those players going out into their communities and working with the local law enforcement to work on ways to prevent things like what they are protesting from happening again. It doesn't matter who and what you are. If a disabled service dog handler like me can go and speak out for the disabled with her local sheriff to help find better ways of educating the officers on better ways of handling situations and getting new laws created by working with their local politicians than so can the NFL players. They need to go out and be active with their communities and law enforcement to work with the local communities to find solutions to the problems going on. If they continue to kneel and do nothing they won't make any progress.

  • Jerri hastings

    09/27/2017 05:32 PM

    I agree Mr Huckaby! I'm from Houston, I'm a Texans fan first and Cowboys fan second . Proud to say that the Texans did stand , as they should!! Wake up Cowboys or you are no longer America's team??!

  • Sharon Deutsch

    09/27/2017 03:17 PM

    I am so sick of all the athletes and now their coaches and owners. My husband and I will boycott anything they pursue! Go ahead leave America, we will be better off!!

  • Phillip Boswell

    09/27/2017 03:10 PM

    I’m not sure who the NFL and other protestors think are benefiting from their actions. Do they honestly believe they’re changing anyone’s minds by kneeling during the anthem? In fact they’re merely increasing Trump’s popularity with the Americans that voted him into office. President Trump is doing exactly what he promised while he was campaigning. I wonder if the NFL/NBA protestors realize the more they do to try to embarrass the president, the more they’re helping him be re-elected. (Just my observation)

  • Jose Ryder

    09/27/2017 03:08 PM

    THE STAR STRANGLED BANNER

    Oh say can you believe how the teams have lost their fight
    How so proudly they've wailed as they were seen kneeling
    Whose broad stripes and left-wings have turned yel-low with blight
    Under their armpits they're tattoos are so blatantly shining
    And their pockets stuffed with green until bursting with flair
    Gave proof at the sight that their WAGS were still there
    Oh say does that star strangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the sheep and the tombs of the brave

  • Sarah Saulsbery

    09/27/2017 01:00 PM

    Spot on, Governor. And I agree with all who love your daughter and how she is managing her very difficult job. She learned from the best!

  • Guy B Wheatley

    09/27/2017 12:23 PM

    I had recorded the game. I usually let it run a while before I start watching so that I can zip though commercials and half-time. The second I saw them kneel, I stopped recording and deleted the video.
    Now if only Brett can give me something worth watching. Whooooo - Pig.

  • David L. Francis Sr.

    09/27/2017 12:02 PM

    Your right on the money Mike..I could not agree with you more. Here is my own statement on what I think of this nonsense.

    Dave Francis
    September 25 at 11:19am ·

    I’ve had enough..!!! I promised myself I would not let this NFL thing get to me, but it has. I cannot believe that any GOOD Americans would side with a bunch of anti-American morons..But they have. Those of you that want to sing “Kumbaya” and roast marshmallows over a campfire with the NFL’s dumbest and most ungrateful millionaires, I pity you. You’ve played right into the hands of another ploy by the NFL to get more publicity…( Remember what the other gang of anti-Americans say in Hollywood, “I don’t care what they say..good or bad as long as they talk about Me..”) They just want asses in the seats and money in their pockets..) They really don’t give a rat’s ass about “a cause”.. Even the league’s head moron is now siding with these despicable idiots. I know many good Americans have said this, but I’m going to say it again in my own words. Disrespecting our flag and our country is not the way to go if you want REAL AMERICANS to sympathize with your cause. Making (what I hope is) the majority of true lovers of this great country of ours incensed by disrespecting what we love and some have sacrificed and died for is not the way to help your cause..But of course you already know this and you are intentionally spitting in the faces of all of us just because you are able to do so and hence bring attention to your worthless selves. If you were truly sincere about your “cause”..You would have figured a way to get your point across without insulting the country that has given you so much. What would it have taken for you to demonstrate your opposition doing what some of us commoners do…Get to the game early and march up and down in front of the stadium with a sign protesting the “unfairness” to your cause…That is if your protest was against our politicians and NOT OUR COUNTRY..!! You’ve given us a perfect picture of what abusing the right to the freedoms some of us have fought for looks like…No doubt that some of you would yell “fire” in a theater when there was no fire..Just because you think you have the right to do so. I will pray for you all and ask God to give you back your common sense..But I will not say”Forgive them for they know not what they do..” Because at this point, you know EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING..!!!

    Most sincerely,

    David L. Francis Sr.

    Proud American

  • Deby Johnston

    09/27/2017 11:59 AM

    Amen, Mr Huckabee. It's nothing short of compromise.

  • Evan Evans

    09/27/2017 11:32 AM

    Shame on you Jerry Jones for orchestrating your teams surrender to the politically correct protest created by “Black Lives Mater” and other extreme left organizations against the Police, the Government, the Flag, the Constitution, and everything that I hold dear. By forcing your team to kneel before the Arizona game you gave your support to their protests and aided and abetted their un-American cause.
    Your actions also cost your team a loyal fan since the team was started in 1960.

  • Geralyn Mitch

    09/27/2017 11:13 AM

    I too am sick by the Cowboys disrespect to our country. I've been taking 20 minutes out of my day, every day, calling sponsors and letting them know that I will not be purchasing their products as long as they support the NFL. I hope everyone that reads this will do the same Thank you Mr. Huckabee for your service;and I am proud of your daughter for the wonderful job she is doing at the White House.
    You and Mrs. Huckabee must be bursting with pride for the beautiful, smart ,well spoken daughter you raised . God bless you and your family

  • Skip Tribby

    09/27/2017 10:58 AM

    I enjoyed hearing you on Janet Parshall yesterday Governor Huckabee and I agree with you 100% on this issue.

  • Bryan Jay Koeff

    09/27/2017 10:57 AM

    I happened to be visiting Texas at the time the Cowboys took the protest knee. At that moment, the noisy restaurant I was in fell completely silent, except for the sound of gasps and a couple emotional whimpers. People were in shock and some hugged each other. This act might be the sports equivalent to a national disaster. Only time will tell...

  • Michael R. Zwernemann

    09/27/2017 10:42 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I served from 1990 to 1995 during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate what you continue to do for this nation. It hurts me to the core when I see those NFL players or anyone else taking a knee to protest. To me, it disgraces what many of us veterans have done to protect America. When I see someone disgrace our country or our flag, I think about the flags that I have seen draped over coffins. I think about the flags folded with precision and given to the families at funerals. What has happened to respect for the flag? What has happened to respect for the office of President? If championship teams do not want to go visit the White House, then maybe President Trump should extend an invitation to Veterans who served proudly. Maybe the White House should invite all the families as well, especially those who have lost love ones in the service of their country. They are all the true champions who deserve to visit our Nation's Capitol. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read these comments. God Bless You! Semper Fi Michael R. Zwernemann

  • Linda Howell

    09/27/2017 09:36 AM

    The true patriotic sport is NASCAR. Before every race, they pray, salute the flag and have a military presence. ....a fly over or recognition of something or someone military. It's big money too for the drivers and on rare occasions you may hear of a driver acting up and needing some help but that's rare. Some of the owners said if the drivers disrespect the flag, they'll be put on a bus and taken away. I have seen nothing in the news about what NASCAR said they would do except for a small article. Maybe the difference in the two sports is that the drivers are doing something death defying and go into every race praying they will survive while the NFL concentrate on protesting. Yes, everyone has a right to express themselves but protesting the symbol of what gave us those rights is not the way. On to another comment....Your daughter is doing fabulous....the best yet....you must be proud.

  • Nancy Whetstine

    09/27/2017 09:29 AM

    I agree that it was disrespectful not only to the flag, country, military, but also to the Arizona Cardinals. The did this out on the field on their logo while the Cardinals team was being announced. All of that is unacceptable behavior. It bothers be that political signs by fans are not allowed in the stadiums, but political opinions expressed by the players on the field is allowed.

  • Gary roberts

    09/27/2017 08:56 AM

    I will never watch or attend an NFL game as long as I live!!!! I am a Christian first, an American next and a conserative after that. I will stand by Trump, minus his language. Thanks.

  • DG Thompson

    09/27/2017 07:04 AM

    Jerry Jones surprised me too.

  • Ginger Ezelle

    09/27/2017 07:03 AM

    I totally agree with you. Football fans want to enjoy a game and retreat from the constant negative world of politics one day a week. Now football has dragged it into the living room and shoved it in our faces. Well let's see how you deal with the respo we of "we the people."

  • Dan Magnusson

    09/27/2017 04:39 AM

    Honorable Governor Huckabee,
    Jerry Jones is smart, by kneeling before the National anthem is played, he gets (blinded by loyalty) fans to think he's against this anti-american protest in order to keep the seats filled.
    By kneeling, he doesn't have to get rid of all those multi-million dollar athletes and end up paying their contracts anyway.
    He's a SMART showman.

  • Kathy S

    09/27/2017 04:01 AM

    As the parent of a woman serving in the military I can't let this issue go. I am stunned by the reaction to NFL Players who choose take a knee during the playing of our national anthem. How can anyone think this is OK. Free speech, the opportunity to disagree are afforded to US citizens by those serving in the military. How do you think a soldier serving in Middle East feels watching football on a Sunday afternoon and sees you aren't standing for the flag they are defending! You need to find another way to express yourself. Military personnel make less annually than most players make per game. Please stop watching the NFL, attending games and show solidarity for your military! IF YOU DON'T LOVE YOUR COUNTRY, LEAVE.

  • Michael McMahan

    09/27/2017 02:04 AM

    All you overpaid gridiron and other sport gladiators need to understand that everyday Americans have had enough! You know we perceive your actions as unpatriotic and you insult us anyway. This did not start with Trump, it started with the disillusioned president that preceeded him. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR POLITICS! YOU ARE OR WERE OUR ESCAPE, SOMETHING TO BRIGHTEN OUR DAY, SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. It is us who pay your outrageous salaries. Most of you earn more in a season than the rest of us earn in a lifetime! Yet, collectively we pay billions of dollars for the tv services and tickets to watch you play, and we pay for the products advertisers pay billions of dollars a year to advertise during the games. It is us who buy multi million dollars worth of over priced team memorabilia. WE ARE OR WERE YOUR GOLDEN GOOSE! Take your protest and politics off the fields and stadiums or you will kill your golden goose! WE KNOW HOW TO PROTEST TOO, AND IT WILL PUT YOU OUT OF A JOB!

  • Ray Martinez

    09/27/2017 01:08 AM

    If Truth Be Told...This is all a Distraction and more Deception to attack Our Nation and the Leaders of this Nation..This Statues & Platforms have been here since Day One..Just another example of Satans's Agenda (Separator), turning One against the Other...People need to wake up to the True Agenda of whats going on here..What will he get the people to attack Next....

  • clifford Losee

    09/27/2017 01:04 AM

    Which is the best way to honor God; on bent knee or standing at attention in glory?

  • Daniel L

    09/27/2017 12:39 AM

    Mike,
    I'm a life long Cowboys fan, die hard but I didnt watch a single game last year, not one second. And I will not watch a single second this year until the NFL stops disrespecting the USA and its great symbols of everything the country stands for, the National Anthem and our Beautiful flag. God Bless America. Every American needs to burn NFL memorabilia, not buy a ticket, and stop watching them on TV. Then the losers may understand we mean business about stopping the disrespect.

  • Karen Wischmeier

    09/26/2017 11:54 PM

    I feel the exact same way! You said it so well. Kneeling no matter if it was before the anthem only made them look like hypocrites. It's a shame that the NFL has become so unpatriotic.

  • Kimberly McGee

    09/26/2017 11:31 PM

    You're not the only one who was disapppointed in Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys! I was so sickened to see what they did! I have always loved watching the Cowboys play, but no more! I'm done with the NFL! Let these overpaid, entitled, spoiled brats put on a military uniform and go face a real enemy in a real war where they could lose a leg, suffer a severe head injury, or lose their life, and there's no ambulance standing by with top physicians ready to care for them. Let them march in the heat carrying 100 pounds of gear, with small canteens of water to get them from place to place. They won't have somebody there to squirt Gatorade in their mouths or massage their sore muscles. Let's see if they learn to respect the price that was paid by so many for their/our freedoms. My daddy served on the ground in the Vietnam War, my uncle landed on the beach at Normandy, my great uncle was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, my son-in-law was in the Navy during the Iraq war, and missed the birth of his first son by a week because he was deployed a week before his birth. We found out when my dad died nearly 5 years ago that some of of the many illnesses he was suffering from were caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. That was the first we had ever heard of it. My dad put 20 years into the Air Force and we missed so many Christmases and various occasions with him because he was deployed. I went to 13 schools in 12 years! All these people who disrespect the flag disrespect the sacrifices made by every man and woman who served this country, and especially the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They also disrespect the families of these men and women.

  • Kimberly McGee

    09/26/2017 11:30 PM

    You're not the only one who was disapppointed in Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys! I was so sickened to see what they did! I have always loved watching the Cowboys play, but no more! I'm done with the NFL! Let these overpaid, entitled, spoiled brats put on a military uniform and go face a real enemy in a real war where they could lose a leg, suffer a severe head injury, or lose their life, and there's no ambulance standing by with top physicians ready to care for them. Let them march in the heat carrying 100 pounds of gear, with small canteens of water to get them from place to place. They won't have somebody there to squirt Gatorade in their mouths or massage their sore muscles. Let's see if they learn to respect the price that was paid by so many for their/our freedoms. My daddy served on the ground in the Vietnam War, my uncle landed on the beach at Normandy, my great uncle was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, my son-in-law was in the Navy during the Iraq war, and missed the birth of his first son by a week because he was deployed a week before his birth. We found out when my dad died nearly 5 years ago that some of of the many illnesses he was suffering from were caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. That was the first we had ever heard of it. My dad put 20 years into the Air Force and we missed so many Christmases and various occasions with him because he was deployed. I went to 13 schools in 12 years! All these people who disrespect the flag disrespect the sacrifices made by every man and woman who served this country, and especially the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They also disrespect the families of these men and women.

  • Elizabeth Bennett

    09/26/2017 11:29 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, why doesn't someone ask them, just what have they changed by protesting? The answer is nothing. A white young man unarmed was shot where I live and it wasn't even put on the news. Why are they not calling or meeting with people to talk about what they see that needs to be changed. Maybe help the people they say they are standing for by helping them get a better education, a job.

  • Mittie Collins

    09/26/2017 11:22 PM

    Gov. I love reading your comments and my husband and I agree with you!! We are so glad you have enough guts to stand up for God and our nation!! We were hoping u would have got president but are glad u still jump in there and say what we would love too say!! God Bless you

  • Tammy carter

    09/26/2017 11:14 PM

    I agree Mike. I hope to see empty stadiums and will also boycott sponsors.

  • Dawn Street

    09/26/2017 11:05 PM

    I am fed up with these "man"-children playing their childish game of football and getting paid big bucks for chasing a "pigskin" up and down the field while running into other players and tackling others!! All this while we pay them millions of dollars and pay for the stadiums for them to play in. Time for this daycare center to close up shop!! And the owners and coaches who are just motivated by the almighty dollar. They don't care about patriotism or fair play or honesty. Just sign the contract right there, boy, and we will pay you $XXXXXX and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Never that the player might get a CHI or a compound fracture that doesn't heal right or develops Alzheimers from the brain injury or loses his sight or develops Parkinsons. I am totally fed up with the "sport"!!

  • PAULA S. ACKERMAN

    09/26/2017 11:00 PM

    This kneeling business has divided our country like any division that I have seen since the race riots during the 1960's. Perhaps not as violent, but I fear violence is coming just like the riots observed during the past two years due to social issues.
    I am sickened that freedom for rights means dishonor to national symbols that represent our freedoms in the first place.
    I support the President.
    And in God's merciful grace, may he see fit to continue blessing us.
    Paula S. Ackerman

  • Cheryl Aust

    09/26/2017 10:48 PM

    Amen. Amen. Amen.

  • Christine Neal

    09/26/2017 10:38 PM

    I have been a fan since 1976 and I thought when Jerry Jones tossed Tom Landry out like he did was the worse thing I had ever seen, but yesterday was sickening. Kowtowing to this Police Hatred was so disturbing I didn't even watch the game and I could careless what their season looks like because that was a kick to the gut. America's team no more.

  • Steven Tucker

    09/26/2017 10:35 PM

    Nauseating! Didn't watch a single game Sunday because of all the whinning, disrespecting, overpaid fit throwers that has somehow crept in and taken over my football watching experience. But I defended my Cowboys avidly! Saying, "my Cowboys will never compromise their strong patriotism for our country, and bow a knee to this political CRAP that never should have been allowed in football!" Wow...was I wrong! Jerry Jones is nothing more than a...Sell-Out! I am so done with the NFL! I absolutely will not buy another ticket or watch another game until SOMEBODY with the authority steps up and stops this maddness. I am an Army veteran, and I will waste my time watching these pretty rich boys disrespect my flag and the country I swore to defend against...Friend or Foe! I'm out....Peace!