Labor union files complaint against National Football League owner's decision to punish protesting players

Danny Woods
October 12, 2017

The popular sports host has unloaded his issues with the Dallas Cowboys for punishing players over protesting the National Anthem.

The "Glory" MC also says players should be able to kneel for what they believe in, and even makes reference to the poem that the National Anthem is based on, which makes a mention of slavery.

Rev. Al Sharpton explains why Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' decision to make players stand for the national anthem "smacks of a plantation mentality".

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys had a team meeting Wednesday to discuss the anthem issue and air out their frustrations in the wake of Jones' comments.

Jones' comments comes two weeks after he himself joined the Cowboys in kneeling during the anthem.

On Wednesday, Trump praised the National Football League for demanding players stand, which the National Football League later fact-checked.

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"There's nothing that I've seen that shows the union that did file the [unfair labor practice] has any connection with the NFL Players Association, the NFL, or any particular player".

Jones, in the team meeting held after practice, also offered the players a chance to speak with him one on one, the source said.

ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted out quotes from one anonymous player who seems apoplectic. The law here is that you have the ability to act with your co-worker.

The Dallas Cowboys owner announced his intention to bench players after Sunday's loss against the Green Bay Packers. "That's not why they're kneeling, but if it were, that would be something that would clearly be a protected activity". "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear". I don't want to cause no attention to nobody else and bring unwanted attention, but on the same token, you know, there's certain things that people are doing it for.

Stewart J. Schwab, Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law, Cornell University: "The player who does not stand can be [accused of] conduct detrimental to the public confidence in the NFL".

President Donald Trump has been pressuring NFL owners to discipline players who do not stand for the national anthem.

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