Cowboys owner draws sharp response from National Football League players' union

Oct 11, 2017, 00:26
Cowboys owner draws sharp response from National Football League players' union

President Trump has praised Jones for his sudden hard-line stance on standing for the anthem: "A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag".

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play", Jones said (via ESPN). "You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won't play. 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.

It is however surprising that, Jones gave the warnings given the fact that, he and the rest of the team kneeled arm-in-arm before the national anthem before a game against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago.

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".

Garrett sidestepped a question from a reporter who asked him whether he would have any issues if players express themselves after the anthem. "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the fearless".

The Dallas Cowboys' 35-31 loss to Green Bay seemed to have left team owner Jerry Jones in a particularly sour mood Sunday evening.

And so Ross now believes all NFL players and certainly his players - the Dolphins have had players kneeling for all but one of their past 19 games dating back to last season - to all stand. Ross wants the Dolphins to stand before Sunday's game when a military band will play the national anthem.

In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood during the national anthem. Jones said Trump said the entire issue could have been avoided if the NFL enforced a rule stating players must stand for the national anthem; however, that requirement is not included in the NFL's game operations manual. "I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful", he said.

"Trump has made [standing for the anthem] about patriotism", Ross added. "It's so important, if that's what the country is looking at, to look at it differently". It's a different dialogue. Then, they locked arms and stood while Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem.

"My dad is a master sergeant, he's a Marine. He's OK with it, as most Marines I speak to are", Irving continued. "They don't think it's disrespecting the flag".

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