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Weekday Update: Walterscheid Weighs in on Trump’s Comments, Supports NFL Players



The Weekday Update is PFB’s take on a laid-back conversation with those Oklahoma State guys and gals you just crave a little more information about.

After probably the craziest and most politically-fueled week in NFL history, we thought it would be interesting to get at least one Cowboy’s take on it. Defensive end Cole Walterscheid had some takes.

The President of the United States called all NFL players who show any kind of protest during the national anthem a “son of a b****,” Saturday. He said those players should be “fired.”

“Some owner is gonna do that,” Trump said. “He’s gonna say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired. And that owner … they’ll be the most popular person for a week.”

Sunday, every NFL team that played, and most of their owners, protested in some way. It started in London when the Jaguars locked arms and the Ravens kneeled during the anthem. Then stateside, teams like the Steelers didn’t even come out for it, and the Cowboys took a knee before the song then stood up during it.

NCAA players, for the most part, stay in the locker room during the national anthem. They do at Oklahoma State and elsewhere across the nation. As The Athletic wrote, it’s extremely unclear why this is the case, but they just don’t come out. If the Cowboys were out on the sideline, a conversation would undoubtedly have to have been had between the team.

Defensive end Cole Walterscheid said he thought the president’s comments were troubling to say the least.

“I think it’s out of control, the kind of things the president is saying,” Walterscheid said. “Definitely the whole unity deal, I’m with them on that.

He paused.

“It’s just a pretty wild deal.”

When I asked about his initial reaction to Trump’s comments, his face pinched, like he just bit into a lemon. He said when he saw and heard Trump, he thought it was “unreal.”

“He’s just out of control,” he said.

Agree or disagree, everyone is entitled to their opinions, even the President of the United States. Shahid Khan pledged $1 million to Trump during his campaign but was the first NFL owner to be on the field Sunday with his players, arm-in-arm. Whether the rest of the day’s protests were planned, Khan set the tone.

“It really kinda crosses the line,” Khan told Sports Illustrated on Trump’s comments.

Monday night, after several other owners walked onto the field, some locked in arms, some on their knees, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did both. Before the national anthem against the Cardinals, he knelt in arms with his players and coaches. Then they all stood as the song played. Walterscheid said he liked what Jones’ plan was.

He said he didn’t know what was going to come next Sunday or the Sunday after that but had one piece of advice.

“It’d just be nice if Trump could just calm down and stop being arrogant … ” Walterscheid said. “There’s much bigger things to worry about.”

Walterscheid is a guy who would no doubt wants to go into the NFL and play professionally. He has started on the Cowboys’ defensive line for two years now and will likely at least receive some sort of camp invite. His convictions are resolute, and he emphasized a brotherhood with his teammates both now and in the future.

“I would stand with my guys no matter what,” Walterscheid said. “And like this last week, the whole locking of the arms, I’m all about that.”

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