The NFL made a disgraceful decision, refusing the Dallas Cowboys' request to sport the "Arm in Arm" decal in support of both the serving and slain members of the Dallas police force.
The Cowboys heard back from the NFL on Wednesday and were told by league officials they can't wear the decal during any preseason or regular-season games, executive vice president Stephen Jones said. Jones added that the Cowboys can wear the decal during training camp practices.
"Everyone has to be uniform with the league and the other 31 teams," Jones said after practice Wednesday. "We respect their decision."
Decal ruling disappoints Cowboys, won't stop team's support for Dallas police, Jones says https://t.co/iFUKvWeV6i https://t.co/B1rlaKYmTs— SportsDay Cowboys (@SportsDay Cowboys)1470970765.0
The Cowboys had unveiled the helmet decal to open training camp as they walked onto the field arm in arm with Dallas Police Chief David Brown.
Responding with class to the decision, the Dallas Police Department sent out a news release Thursday, saying the “sentiment mattered more than the results,” per the Dallas Morning News.
Some aren’t buying the NFL’s “uniformity” reasoning, as the league has made exceptions to its strict policy before. Most notably, the brass allowed not one, but three teams — the New York Jets, New York Giants, and the New England Patriots — to honor the victims of the atrocious Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.
The Newtown, CT helmet decal the Patriots will wear today: http://t.co/qGJAxZwv— New England Patriots (@New England Patriots)1355672527.0
Giants helmets honoring Sandy Hook Elementary. Sources tell me Coughlin also held a moment of silence in the team mtg http://t.co/KzcUZm3h— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel Nichols)1355666576.0
LevinTV host Mark Levin argued the NFL simply wanted to avoid controversy. Listen:
“Let me tell you why the NFL won’t do this! … Because they don’t want any trouble from the leftists!” exclaimed Levin. “We’re reaching a point where I don’t even recognize my country any more. Do you?”