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


Now, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says players who "disrespect the flag", won't take the field.

Jones made the announcement following the team's 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, saying the National Football League can not tolerate its players disrespecting the flag by kneeling or linking arms as popularized by Colin Kaepernick. "Understand? We will not. if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play".

"If it comes between the impression or the perception that we're not standing together, supporting each other, or the perception that we're disrespecting the flag, the perception that we're not together will be secondary to not respecting the flag", Jones said.

Cowboys chief operating officer and director of player personnel Stephen Jones said in an interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Monday that he hasn't talked to his father about his comments but maintains that his father wasn't making an order to his players.

Two Cowboys players, defensive ends Damontre Moore and David Irving, raised their fists at the end of the national anthem before Sunday's game, but Garrett said Monday the players would not be disciplined.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Sunday that its members "are union members and part of the labor movement that has woven the fabric of America for generations", adding, "Our men and their families are also conscientious Americans who continue to be forces for good through our communities and some have made a decision to use their platform to peacefully raise awareness to issues that deserve attention".

Jones said he spoke with Trump after that demonstration and "He shared with me that there'd been a rule on the books in our game operations ... that's been there for years ..."

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"We made our expression".

Jones - one of seven National Football League owners who donated to Trump's inaugural committee - spoke with the president after the Cowboys played the Cardinals.

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.

"I don't know about that", he said.

"I know this. He's been very pleased".

In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood during the national anthem.

"Trump has made [standing for the anthem] about patriotism", Ross said, on a day when three Miami players stayed in the tunnel rather than stand on the sideline during the anthem. Then, they locked arms and stood while Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem. "It's so important, if that's what the country is looking at, to look at it differently. They don't think it's disrespecting the flag".