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Jerry Jones: Cowboys' Anthem Policy Is Not New, Players 'Need Consequences'

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Dallas Morning News

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took the NFL's battle over the national anthem to a new level this week when he suggested that players who are "disrespectful" to the USA flag shouldn't be allowed to play.

Jones is the first owner in the NFL to go on record about disciplining players who disrespect the flag during the national anthem. If we are disrespecting the flag then we won't play, period.

"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.

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.

Shortly after Jones made the comments, the National Football League Players Association released a statement saying in part "We should not stifle these discussions and can not allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our constitution protects". And my understanding of what both of those guys did based on the conversations I had with them was that occurred after the anthem.

Following the game, Jones took a very firm stance on national anthem protests. "We made our expression. That is what makes us the land of the free and the home of the courageous".

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has changed his mind about players kneeling during the anthem because President Donald Trump has made the anthem about patriotism.

According to the manual, "During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking". Jones and the rest of the Cowboys stood and returned to their sideline and remained standing for the anthem. 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.

Meanwhile, the president also fired a completely different shot across the NFL's bow by tweeting out a threat to take away the special tax breaks the league gets all across the country. It's a different dialogue.

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King reported Sunday that players from seven teams told him "they have been told they have to stand for the Anthem". "I'm standing, hand over my heart". "I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful", he said.

"My dad is a master sergeant, he's a Marine".

"I don't know about that". "My brothers are in the Marines".

"I think they've had a great understanding".

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