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Jerry Jones: Cowboys' Anthem Policy Is Not New, Players 'Need Consequences'

Jerry Jones: Cowboys' Anthem Policy Is Not New, Players 'Need Consequences'

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced on Sunday that if a player disrespects the flag then he can not play in the game after a reporter informed him that two players raised their fist after the anthem.

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.

"If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play".

Jones added that players "need consequences" to stand up to pressure to conform and said "it's in the best interests of the Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League and the players" to honor the flag. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said prior to Sunday's game that President Trump had "changed that whole paradigm" of what kneeling during the anthem means, so "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".

Two weeks ago he locked arms and knelt with his players before the national anthem, then stood with them as it played.

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. 'Stand for Anthem or sit for game!'" "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the fearless".

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement Monday that in meetings last week with team owners, commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants owner John Mara, the chairman of the NFL management council, assured union leaders that they would "respect the Constitutional rights of our members without retribution". Trump on Sunday said that he told Pence to leave early if any players knelt.

"During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking".

"I don't know about that". 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 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. It's a different dialogue. "They don't think it's disrespecting the flag".

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