Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: Players Who Protest During Anthem Won't Play

Lynette Rowe
October 11, 2017

The declaration by the powerful owner of the Dallas Cowboys that he would bench anyone who shows disrespect to the American flag drew a sharp response from the National Football League players' union Monday. "Understand? We will not. if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play".

However, Jones has now said that the league can not give any "implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag".

The players' union responded on Monday, with executive director DeMaurice Smith saying Jones' comments contradicted those of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jones also said he's commenting so that he can remove the Cowboys from the debate around the flag and national anthem, adding that "we're going to without question recognize the flag", per Hairopoulos. Both have family members in the military, and they are OK with it.

Following the game, Jones took a very firm stance on national anthem protests. "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the fearless".

Now one owner - who happens to be friends with Trump - has publicly declared that his team's players are banned from protesting during the anthem.

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Last season San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to protest of police shootings of people in the black community.

"During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking". Following the Cowboys' gesture, Trump said he spoke to Jones - who donated to Trump's campaign - and that the team will stand for the anthem going forward. Earlier in the day, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who in the past has vocally supported his players' right to protest, said (via the Miami Herald), "I think it's incumbent upon players today if that's how the public is looking at it, is to stand and salute the flag". I know the vice president did leave because in his opinion, the teams were.

"Trump has made [standing for the anthem] about patriotism", Ross added.

Meanwhile, the president also fired a completely different shot across the NFL's bow by tweeting out a threat to take away the special tax breaks the league gets all across the country. Then, they locked arms and stood while Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem.

"I know this. He's been very pleased. Whenever you're dealing with the flag, you're dealing with something different".

"I think they've had a great understanding".

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