Jerry Jones says he will bench players who disrespect the flag


The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.

Jones said "If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play".

Jones unexpectedly commented on the issue after the Cowboys' last-minute loss to the Packers Sunday evening, saying, "If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play". But let me be real, real clear: The thing that the National Football League needs to do and the Dallas Cowboys are going to do is stand for the flag.

It is however surprising that, Jones gave the warnings given the fact that, he and the rest of the team kneeled arm-in-arm before the national anthem before a game against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago. And my understanding of what both of those guys did based on the conversations I had with them was that occurred after the anthem. "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the courageous".

"We made our expression".

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".

The topic was raised after Vice President Mike Pence left Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers after more than 20 Niners knelt during the national anthem with their hands over their hearts, as was the case the previous week.? Jones said Trump said the entire issue could have been avoided if the NFL enforced a rule stating players must stand for the national anthem; however, that requirement is not included in the NFL's game operations manual. I know what he thinks.

"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. And of course, the Cowboys stood for the actual playing of the national anthem. "It's so important if that's what the country is looking at to look at it differently ... Whenever you're dealing with the flag, you're dealing with something different". "I don't think I'm doing anything wrong", Irving said (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).