Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was put through the ringer on social media for stating that he did not participate in protests because he has a "family to feed," according to an anonymous source.
Senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, Shaun King, wrote on Twitter that an anonymous Dallas Cowboys player confirmed with him that if anyone on the team chooses to take part in the protest they would be on a sh*t list, Total Pro Sports reports.
Fox Business' Cheryl Casone met with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at a gala celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Forbes magazine, and was able to get a comment on the protests.
“I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag,” he said to Fox Business. “So that’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little bit for it."
The protests have now reached an all-time high when on Sept. 24, players from several teams -- including the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins -- took knees or locked arms during the anthem.
"I believe in honoring the American flag and supporting all of those [whose] sacrifices protect the many freedoms we have in this country, including the right to have differences of opinion," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement, reports CNN.
Prior to Sept. 24's games, President Donald Trump called for NFL owners to fire any "son of a b***h" who "disrespects our flag," CNN reports.
Former San Francisco 49ers pro quarterback Colin Kaepernick pioneered the protest in 2016 and has yet to find a team to call home. While the backlash for his kneeling during the anthem gains popularity, he still remains on the sidelines.
"To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way," Kaepernick told NFL Media, reports CNN. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
Following Sept. 24's kickoffs, Trump tweeted that he approved of players locking arms, saying it represented "great solidarity" for the country despite the direct protest of his previous statements, reports CNN.