The Dallas Cowboys insist that releasing Damontre Moore on Wednesday didn't have anything to do with the defensive end raising a fist during the end of the national anthem this season.
But people aren't buying it at all.
Remember, earlier this month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones warned his team that any players "disrespecting the flag" would be benched, as reported by The Washington Post, and that "America's Team" cannot "give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag.”
Although Moore had been raising his fist during the end of the anthem this season, he changed that to a salute at the conclusion of the "Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday before the Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers' game. Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving also protested during the anthem Sunday, but remains with the squad.
Moore was reportedly involved in a nightclub altercation last week, but Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters Wednesday that the defensive end's protest nor reported altercation had anything to do with his release, also as reported byThe Washington Post. Garrett tried to maintain that the Cowboys simply needed to release a player to make room for a replacement for kicker Dan Bailey, who injured his groin Sunday.
That being said, many people believe that Jones felt the continued pressure from President Trump and simply followed orders by cutting Moore. Check out these reactions.
[Warning: Some tweets include profanity].
Shaking our heads.
That hashtag says it all.
Fans want to hit offending owners where it hurts ... their pockets.
And if that happens, watch out because the Seahawks visit the Cowboys on Dec. 24 in Dallas. We're sure that Moore would be revved up to stick it to Jones then.
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