In honor of the gunned down police officers who were killed in an ambush last month, the Dallas Cowboys wanted to wear an ‘Arm in Arm’ decal on their helmets this season. But the NFL shot DOWN their request, and the team — including many fans — are NOT happy about it.
The Dallas Cowboys debuted an “Arm in Arm” helmet decal to open training camp as a tribute to the murdered Dallas police officers who were violently killed last month. However, when preseason begins, the decals have to go. The team heard back from the NFL on Aug. 10, and were told by league officials that they cannot wear the decal during ANY preseason or regular-season games!
NFL denies Dallas Cowboys’ request to honor slain Dallas police officers with helmet decalhttps://t.co/wSjyk75Bmh
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) August 12, 2016
“Everyone has to be uniform with the league and the other 31 teams,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. In response to the NFL’s decision, the Dallas Police Department issued a news release on Aug. 11, thanking the Cowboys for their support and telling them that it’s the thought that counts.
“We appreciate the support of the Cowboys organization and its players,” the statement said. “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.”
But not everyone reacted so calmly to the verdict! In fact, the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation told TMZ it was “extremely upset” by the NFL’s decision. “The NFL had an opportunity to be leaders and advocates for change in law enforcement,” Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of the foundation, said. “These are our friends and our loved ones … it hurts to not have the NFL fully support us,” he added.
Fans have also expressed their disappointment by taking to Twitter to share their feelings over the team’s denied request. “Wanted To HONOR Fallen Cops – What The NFL Said Is DISGUSTING,” one Twitter user wrote. Another posted, “You lost a fan because of your stance here. These eyes will watch no more games.
And in another passionate post, someone tweeted, “Are you out of your mind by NOT allowing the Dallas Cowboys to honor fallen police officers? Don’t be a total idiot this time.” For those who need a refresher, five officers in downtown Dallas were killed on July 7 after snipers attacked during a peaceful protest over the horrific killings of Philando Castile, 32, and Alton Sterling, 37.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you think it’s fair for the NFL to deny the Cowboys’ request to honor the murdered police officers?