Cowboys' Jerry Jones reignites protest conversation


After his team's loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the press that he believes all National Football League players should stand for the anthem. "But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play", Jones said after the Cowboys' 35-31 loss.

"He's the owner. Either you listen or you don't", Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis said Monday.

"We can not in anyway give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag", he said, according to the Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. "It's all up to each individual".

According to ESPN, the topic was raised after Vice President Mike Pence left the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game early on Sunday after players knelt during the national anthem.

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Jones said the policy applies to all players, with no exceptions, even if the player is a star such as wide receiver?

Jones said he understands the social concerns surrounding the issue, adding that he has "always had our players' backs on issues I've been criticized for".

"I'm saying our vice president, if in his opinion, there's disrespect of the flag then he should express himself however he wants to say". He felt that not standing for the flag is disrespectful.

"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. Following the Cowboys' gesture, Trump said he spoke to Jones - who donated to Trump's campaign - and that the team will stand for the anthem going forward. All of them stood during the anthem, with arms still locked. "He said, 'This could have all been resolved.'" He noted that he and Trump are "friends", but "there are several things we don't agree about'". Trump on Sunday said that he told Pence to leave early if any players knelt.

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Before the team's game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Ross said: 'Trump has made [standing for anthem] about patriotism. "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".

But three players did not join the team on the field during the anthem on Sunday.

He said players "need consequences" to stand up to peer pressure, and that "it's in the best interests of the Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League and the players" to honor the flag.

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