Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Trump praises Cowboys owner on National Football League protests

Trump praises Cowboys owner on National Football League protests

President Donald Trump told Dallas Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones he'd found a policy from the NFL that dictates players must stand for the national anthem, according to reports.

ESPN declined to comment on Mr. Wilbon's remarks.

"You can't discipline somebody for something that is a right they have under the law, whether that discipline be termination or benching or giving a slap on the wrist or writing up in their files they've been a bad boy", Rathke said.

Dallas Cowboys' Brice Butler has also addressed his owner's National Anthem protest warning.

Jerry Jones, the charismatic oil billionaire and owner of the Dallas Cowboys, performed something of a volte-face on Monday night, telling ESPN that his players "need consequences" should they feel the desire to kneel during the national anthem.

But on Sunday, Jones emphatically announced that any players from his team who "disrespected" the national anthem by not standing would not play.

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"The game ops manual has an ambiguity being used for those who don't want to enforce it- the word "should" stand for anthem is their ambiguity- but how can it be ambiguous when it cites the potential penalties of fines, suspension or loss of draft picks for failing to adhere?"

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, an NFL spokesperson said: "The national anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the national anthem". Rather, the league's game operations manual suggests players "should" stand while "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played, according to the Kansas City Star's Pete Grathoff.

"If we're going to have any other recognition the place to have it is before the anthem in my view and be real clear that it's not associated with the anthem", Jones said.

When asked if he would really sit a player like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant, Jones initially deferred. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.

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