The Dallas Cowboys have been sporting decals reading “Arm in Arm” since the start of training camp, but the NFL has denied their request to wear the decals during the season itself. The decals, meant to honor the five police officers who were shot and killed last month in Dallas, violate the organization’s rules regarding team uniforms.
The Dallas Police Department released a statement saying they understood the NFL’s position.
“Their concern for the families of our fallen officers, the Dallas Police Department, and the City of Dallas is what matters most, and we know that support will continue for the immediate and long term future,” the department said.
The Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, however, did not take the news quite as well. In an interview with TMZ, foundation president Demetrick Pennie said, “The NFL had an opportunity to be leaders and advocates for change in law enforcement…it hurts to not have the NFL fully support us.”
Well, honestly, it should hurt everyone who respects what the team was trying to do. In the grand scheme of things, it probably doesn’t matter one way or the other. But then again, what would it matter to let them wear the decals? Are the NFL’s arbitrary uniform rules really so sacred that they can’t be bent even for a cause such as this? It’s hard to understand what the problem is.
Let’s not forget that this is the same organization that paid Beyonce to perform a song honoring the destructive, anti-cop Black Lives Matter movement at the Super Bowl. They owe the law enforcement community a debt to cleanse away that stain of disgrace, and allowing these decals would be a nice step in the right direction.
If this becomes a controversy with any stamina, you’ll undoubtedly hear liberals say that the Cowboys are trying to make a political statement of some kind. That’s nonsense. Anyone who doesn’t agree with the “message” shouldn’t even have a voice at the table. Even the president said that we should not take sides. Granted, he says that kind of thing after having already made it clear which side he’s on, but that’s beside the point.
What happened in Dallas was a horror worth remembering. Already, it’s astonishing to see how “in the past” it has become as a national issue. It makes you wonder what it is this country really values.