Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: Players Cannot Disrespect Flag

Can Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Bench a 'Disrespectful' Player? Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: Players Cannot Disrespect Flag
Spencer Simpson | 11 October, 2017, 00:26

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

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play", Jones said Sunday. I'm very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys-I don't care what happens-under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag.

The players' union responded on Monday, with executive director DeMaurice Smith saying Jones' comments contradicted those of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Both have family members in the military, and they are OK with it.

Jones mentioned the requirement in the National Football League game operations manual that players must be on the sideline for the anthem. "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the courageous". This year, Jones has become the first owner to actually send that message, explaining it to reporters on Sunday night and repeating the same message to ESPN tonight, which of course prompted ESPN to act like Jones was telling ESPN something new.

Jones said he understands the social concerns surrounding the issue but noted that he won't compromise when it comes to the anthem, adding that he has "always had our players' backs on issues I've been criticized for". Trump on Sunday said that he told Pence to leave early if any players knelt. 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.

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

"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. "It's so important if that's what the country is looking at to look at it differently ..."

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King reported Sunday that players from seven teams told him "they have been told they have to stand for the Anthem". "Whenever you're dealing with the flag, you're dealing with something different". "I think we've had great communication with our players in terms of the way to do things in terms of how we can certainly have respect and be sensitive to the things that they're faced with as we did in Arizona", he said. "My brothers are in the Marines".

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