Jerry Jones: Cowboys players 'disrespecting the flag' won't be allowed to play

Jay Jacobs
October 12, 2017

It is worth noting that Jones never said that any players would be fired. The law here is that you have the ability to act with your co-worker.

Jones has stepped up his criticism in recent days of players' national anthem protests meant to draw attention to racial inequality and has pledged to bench players who refuse to stand during The Star-Spangled Banner.

Jones insisted on Sunday that players would stand for the anthem, and doubled down in an interview on Monday, pointing to a league manual that says players "should" stand.

"That does not convert the auto plant into a public facility", Ross said. They really sending a message and that message is that there is a high cost to free speech. "That's not why they're kneeling, but if it were, that would be something that would clearly be a protected activity". In the past, those protections have only protected people from being punished for belonging to certain political parties but a creative lawyer might try to argue it covers protesting football players, too, he said.

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Wilbon's co-host Tony Kornheiser voiced his concern that key players like quarterback Dak Prescott or wideout Dez Bryant could force Jones to bench them if they were to protest.

"I'm hoping this doesn't go to hell and back on the labor board", Rathke said. However, Jones took a knee with his club prior to the playing of the anthem before their September 25 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Another said they had a better feeling for Jones' comments because at first he wondered if Jones had turned against them, according to the source. 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". "So it didn't really affect me but hopefully it didn't affect anybody else on the team". Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who kneeled during the anthem.

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys had a team meeting Wednesday to discuss the anthem issue and air out their frustrations in the wake of Jones' comments. And commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to teams on Tuesday reiterating the language.

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