Cowboys players won't test Jerry Jones' anthem policy, report says

Cowboys players won't test Jerry Jones' anthem policy, report says

Cowboys players won't test Jerry Jones' anthem policy, report says

Jones told ESPN that the policy of suspending Cowboys players from games if they fail to stand during the anthem is not a new one, and has been in place since last season when Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, first began to kneel in protest at perceived police brutality toward minority groups in the United States.

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.

Common believes Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is exhibiting a "slave owner mentality" by saying he'd bench any player who "disrespects the flag". making HIM the unpatriotic one.

After President Trump called kneeling NFL players "sons of bitches", the reaction across the league was swift and uniform.

Early Tuesday, President Donald Trump applauded Jones' actions and slammed suspended ESPN host Jemele Hill for personally attacking the Cowboys' owner.

"There's nothing that I've seen that shows the union that did file the [unfair labor practice] has any connection with the NFL Players Association, the NFL, or any particular player". "If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play", Jones told assembled reporters.

The Dallas Cowboys owner indicated after a 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday that anyone from his team who participated in such a demonstration would not be allowed to play.

Added Dallas-based labor lawyer Rogge Dunn of Clouse Dunn: "Jones can do what he wants".

But those political motives of kneeling likely would not protect the players from discipline. You can't just roll over someone's rights when they are a worker. "I don't want there to be any misunderstanding as to where I want the personnel of the Cowboys to be when we're at the No. 1 workplace we have, which is the field and the sideline on game day".

"If the government pays for the patriotic display and the firing is a result of the behavior being deemed insufficiently patriotic, it is conceivable that that a claim could then be articulated", said Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment attorney in NY.

Jones said the NFL's operations manual left the issue of standing for the national anthem ambiguous.

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