Jerry Jones is taking a hard line on protests during the national anthem.
But until a Cowboys player takes a knee or does something that Jones deems is "disrespectful to the flag", the policy will likely never be tested.
Added Dallas-based labor lawyer Rogge Dunn of Clouse Dunn: "Jones can do what he wants". Around kickoff, Pence wrote on Twitter that he left because he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem". Players kneeled before the anthem with arms linked then stood while "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played. "So I think the likelihood on the basis of that charge alone, that this gets much steam, is probably unlikely". They are still being paid, and I don't think they necessarily have the right to play in games. "So, for me, it's just one of those personal things that I do". Jones became the first NFL owner to publicly state an organizational policy that includes discipline if players protest during the national anthem.
"Jerry Jones' decision in many ways smacks of a plantation mentality", Sharpton said. Jones and the Cowboys did rise for the anthem's rendition that night. According to multiple reports, Jones met with players to discuss his stance and most players still in the locker room after the meeting told reporters they had no comment, although, per Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, cornerback Orlando Scandrick did pull out a pair of pink cleats for breast cancer awareness to note "they are allowed support". "We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the (NFL) and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag". Trump explained later that evening in a tweet that he had instructed Pence to leave the game between the Indianapolis Colts and 49ers if "any players kneeled, disrespecting our country". However, another players said Jones still expected them to stand during the anthem. I also think the union has a case in that National Football League players' contracts not only include how players are supposed to act on the field, but also off the field.