LeBron says he cannot support Dallas Cowboys anymore after owner didn’t let players kneel during national anthem

Peter Dewey
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James revealed on Instagram Live that he is no longer a Dallas Cowboys fan and instead roots for the Cleveland Browns.

James explained that the decision by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to not allow his players to kneel during the national anthem factored into his decision to not support the team.

“I had to get out on the Cowboys, man,” James said. “There was just a lot of things going on during the – you know when guys were kneeling and guys were – freedom of speech and wanted to do it in a very peaceful manner. And a lot of people in they front office and a lot of people that ran the organization was like, ‘If you do that around here, then you will never play for this franchise again.’

“And I just didn’t think that was appropriate.”

James did say that he likes a lot of the players on the team still, mentioning wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, running back Ezekiel Elliott and star defenders Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs.

Despite that, James has transitioned to fully supporting Cleveland’s NFL team.

“I’m all in on the Browns,” James said.

During the 2017 season, Jones told the media that players who disrespected the flag would no longer be allowed to play for Dallas.

That rubbed some fans the wrong way, including James, as the Dallas owner was limiting their freedom of expression in a peaceful protest.

Jones was adamant that his players stand for the flag during the national anthem. While many other teams allowed players to protest, Jones put his own players in a tough spot when it came to expressing their personal beliefs.

The Cowboys lost a major supporter in James because of it, but now the Lakers star is supporting his hometown squad. A four-time NBA champion, James broke Cleveland’s lengthy professional sports title drought by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a title in the 2016 NBA Finals.

Maybe the Browns can find their way to a title with James supporting them, although this season has gotten off to a rough start with the team sitting at 2-5 through its first seven games.

James and the Lakers are also off to a slow start in their season, failing to win in their first four contests. The team will look to turn things around on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Lakers and Sacramento Kings are the only two Western Conference teams that remain without a win this season.

James may have dropped his support for the Cowboys, but they have been solid so far in the 2022 campaign, going 5-2 through their first seven matchups. With Dak Prescott returning from a thumb injury last week, Dallas is in a great spot to make a playoff push this season.

Prescott missed five games after injuring his thumb in the team’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.