Dallas PD to NFL: ‘It hurts you don’t support us’

Courtesy of Jeff Hanisch, USA Today Sports

The Dallas DP is unhappy with the NFL’s decision that blocked the Dallas Cowboys from wearing decals honoring the department’s recently slain officers.

President of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, had some strong words for the NFL.

“The NFL had an opportunity to be leaders and advocates for change in law enforcement,” Pennie said, per the TMZ report. “These teams and players have a spotlight on them and could have helped bring awareness. If a uniform policy is keeping them from this, then why don’t they have every team wear the decals?”

This is yet another instance of the NFL almost refusing to use common sense.

Pennie is right. Every team can wear a decal that honors their local police forces. But in reality, that’s a decision that each team should be able to make. In the past, each team has been able to make a decision like that.

When someone closely associated with a team dies, it’s common to see the team he played for wearing decals on their helmets or jerseys to honor the fallen. With that in mind, the NFL’s decision to disallow these decals is, at best, inconsistent. Unfortunately, as far as the NFL goes inconsistent and baffling decisions are not unique.