Jerry Jones reportedly made anthem statements to take on 'bad guy' role

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ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted out quotes from one anonymous player who seems apoplectic.

Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones said the players could express themselves prior to the national anthem in a similar manner to how the team handled things before their September 25 game at the Arizona Cardinals.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who turns 75 Friday, was born in Inglewood. There are no First Amendment rights involved here because it's in the private, not public, sector.

On Sunday, Jones said players won't play if they kneel during the anthem and are "disrespectful to the flag", per ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen.

"It's just something that I do", Moore said, according to Pro Football Talk. "We're *allowed* to support that", Scandrick said. "It may be relevant that some of these practices were instituted in cooperation with the national military". "Understand? We will not. if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play".

Rashad Robinson, executive director of the racial justice organization Color Of Change, called ESPN's suspension of Hill "a flagrant suppression of black voices in sports" in a statement Tuesday.

While the Cowboys already have a team policy in place regarding the anthem, Goodell's letter suggested a new rule, similar to the NBA's requirement for its players to stand for the anthem, could be enacted after discussing the matter at the fall meetings on October 17 and 18.


Goodell also indicated that the league believes that "everyone should stand". Employment law allows private sector employers great latitude in restricting employee conduct and speech while at work. He compared the funds to when governments provide subsidies to move an auto plant from one state to another.

But those political motives of kneeling likely would not protect the players from discipline.

Jerry Jones' reputation is one of a man eschewing a litany of character concerns in favor of signing good players, and everyone in that Cowboys locker room knows it.

"I'm hoping this doesn't go to hell and back on the labor board", Rathke said.

The NAACP is not the only organization taking issue with Jones's decision.

"This is a workplace issue", Jones said. "So it didn't really affect me but hopefully it didn't affect anybody else on the team". Later, Trump said he spoke to Jones and that Jones told him the Cowboys would stand for the anthem going forward. On Sunday, Vice-President Mike Pence left Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis early after around half a dozen 49ers players knelt 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.

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