Jerry Jones says Cowboys players who disrespect the flag will not play

Doug Mendoza
October 11, 2017

That move came after US President Donald Trump attacked the National Football League over the #TakeAKnee anthem protests which were started past year by former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick.

Players across almost every professional league have stepped up the "take a knee" movement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's attacks on players, calling them sons of bitches in one tweet. "So we're clear", Jones said in an interview in response to Vice President Mike Pence's departure from an Indianapolis game after around a dozen players "took a knee".

All of the Cowboys were on their feet at Sunday's game, and Jones suggested he was unaware that two players raised their fists toward the end. "We made our expression. I do, too", Jones said, adding that by disrespecting the flag, players are also doing a disservice to their teammates by creating a poor impression of each other. "I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has heaped praises on NFL Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for warning his players to either stand to honour the flag during the National anthem or sit on the bench for every game. 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.

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In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood during the national anthem. "That is what makes us the land of the free and the home of the courageous".

After the Cowboys' pregame demonstration in Arizona, President Donald Trump tweeted that he spoke with Jones, calling the owner "a victor who knows how to get things done". 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". Then, they locked arms and stood while Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem.

"Trump has made [standing for the anthem] about patriotism", Ross added. I know what he thinks.

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.

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