Jerry Jones Cut Damontre Moore for Raising Fist After National Anthem-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Dallas Cowboys defense end Damontre Moore was cut by team owner Jerry Jones after Moore raised his fist in the air after the national anthem.
Despite widespread speculation, Dallas Cowboys team officials say that Damontre Moore’s decision to raise his fist after the national anthem had nothing to do with his release the following week.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones previously said that he would bench any player who disrespects the American flag during the national anthem (an earlier locker room speech on the subject was misattributed to Jones, however). While no Cowboys player have kneeled for the anthem, Damontre Moore was one of two players on the team who raised their fists at its conclusion.
About a week before his release, Damontre Moore discussed his decision to protest with the Dallas News. Moore said he’d bee raising his fist throughout the season in a show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who started the movement in 2016 to protest social injustices. Moore said he has family members in the military and does not view the protest as disrespectful to the American flag.
A week later, Damontre Moore was released from the Cowboys. That led many to speculate that Moore’s public defiance of Jerry Jones’ warning against player protests was the cause. However, Cowboys head coach Jason Garret said that Moore being cut had nothing to do with that.
Rather, an injury to Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey required the team to temporarily sign a backup kicker. The Cowboys had to make room for the replacement kicker on the roster, and that meant choosing between cutting Moore or Taco Charlton, a rookie who the team selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
So, despite speculation, there’s no evidence that the Cowboys cut Damontre Moore for protesting during the national anthem.