Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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

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

With the recent headlines that he would "bench" players for not standing during the National Anthem at NFL games, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not going to answer any "what if's" in regards to the possibility of players kneeling during the presentation of the American flag.

Once again, every player on the Cowboys stood for the national anthem before the Cowboys-Packers game. Trump on Sunday said that he told Pence to leave early if any players knelt. Only the Cowboys, Cardinals, Bears, Vikings, Bengals and Jets haven't had a player protest during the anthem. "We will not disrespect the flag". Want to approach the flag in a very respectful way. "What I will not support is not standing for the flag". "And they wanted to keep it private", he said.

Vice President Pence left Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Fransisco 49ers after several 49ers players knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

"I know this. We can not in the National Football League, in any way, give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag".

"If we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play". "Understand? We will not. if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play".

"We made our expression", Jones said on Sunday.

Jones said he won't compromise on his stance and that players who don't stand will be punished regardless of their stature on the team.

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.

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Asked whether the Cowboys' owner's mandate puts him in an uncomfortable position, Garrett said: "You can ask Mr. Jones those questions". Ross said he felt it was "incumbent" on players to end the movement, as the public now views it as disrespectful.

"I know this. He's been very pleased". And we have. I'm not aware, and wouldn't know what you're talking about.

According to the 74-year old owner, nothing is more important to him than showing respect for the nation's flag and anthem, and his team will set the example or get off the field.

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".

His administration has stuck with the issue ever since, despite objections from coaches and players that they mean no disrespect and are trying to peacefully protest police brutality and racial inequality.

The event comes after President Donald Trump said National Football League owners should "fire" any player that kneels during the anthem. During the anthem, the players stood locked arm in arm. All of them stood during the anthem, with arms still locked.

Leading up to the Arizona game, there were a number of meetings between players, players and coaches and the entire organization. The Cowboys haven't had a player kneel or sit in protest.

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