Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on Wednesday that Dontari Poe’s release had nothing to do with his decision to protest during the national anthem and everything to do with his weight and performance on the pitch.
Poe was released after signing a two-year, $ 8.5 million contract with the Cowboys during the offseason, but when asked if he was the only player to kneel during the national anthem , Jones put an end to this idea.
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“When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you don’t do anything about what’s stopping you from performing well on the pitch, there’s no reason to get into other things,” Jones told ESPN.
“I understand your question, and I’m not going to answer it on purpose,” Jones said of the kneeling question.
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“We have a platform here, but the platform on the football field has a high level, and [Poe] was not up to the standard. He needed to fix it, and he didn’t. I will stop there. “
According to ESPN, Poe had weekly weight incentives written into his contract ranging from $ 20,000 to $ 45,000 that would total up to $ 500,000 if he met them.
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Poe played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Carolina Panthers before joining Dallas. In the seven games played this year, Poe had totaled just seven tackles and zero sacks.