Jerry Jones says he will bench players who disrespect the flag

Tricia Pearson
October 11, 2017

Jones is the first owner in the NFL to go on record about disciplining players who disrespect the flag during the national anthem.

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".

Jones was responding to a question about Vice-President Mike Pence's pricy stunt, in which he attended Sunday's Colts and 49ers game just so he could walk out when players took a knee.

Nearly immediately the National Football League Players Association countered with a statement insisting that the anthem protests are "respectful" and "conscientious" and that the union would not stand for player's rights being violated in the way Jones was suggesting. "We made our expression".

"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", he said. "Stand for Anthem or sit for game!"

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"Again, I believe our team believes in the approach that we take in regards to the anthem and showing respect for the flag and for the national anthem prior to the game", Garrett said.

The owner of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, has warned his players that anyone who protests during the pre-game National Anthem will not be allowed play.

In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood during the national anthem. "So we're clear", the billionaire said after his team's loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Jones, who donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural fund, took part in what appeared to be an anti-Trump demonstration before a game on September 25 (though the announcer said it was about "unity", and it's become unclear what teams and individuals are trying to convey). Then, they locked arms and stood while Jordin Sparks sang 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. "Whenever you're dealing with the flag, you're dealing with something different". I know what he thinks.

"I think they've had a great understanding".

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