NFL Players Union Responses To Jerry Jones Anthem Stance

REPORT Green Bay RB Aaron Jones Expected To Make First Career Start Against Cowboys

REPORT Green Bay RB Aaron Jones Expected To Make First Career Start Against Cowboys

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday that any Dallas player who does not stand for the national anthem and is "disrespectful to the flag" would not play.

The Cowboys knelt arm-in-arm before the national anthem when they played at Arizona two weeks ago, days after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players for anthem protests.

It is a source of enormous pride that some of the best conversations about these issues have taken place in our locker rooms in a respectful, civil and thoughtful way that should serve as a model for how all of us can communicate with each other.

He acknowledged that Vice President Pence walked out of the Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday afternoon after almost two dozen members of the San Francisco 49ers bent the knee during the anthem.

Pence tweeted a statement in which he said he would not dignify any event that disrespects soldiers, the flag or the anthem.

Jones said he wasn't aware of whether any of his players had raised a fist at the end of the anthem before the Green Bay game.

Earlier this season, before a Monday night game at Arizona, Jones stood arm in arm with Cowboys players and coaches and took a knee on the field before the anthem.

"I don't know about that", said Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. We as a team are very much on the page together.

Jones is one of seven National Football League owners who donated to Trump's inaugural committee.

NFL players who have demonstrated during the national anthem have said they are not disrespecting the flag, military or the anthem itself. 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. Jones and the rest of the Cowboys stood and returned to their sideline and remained standing for the anthem. "Respecting the flag is first".

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