Jerry Jones: Any Cowboys player disrespecting flag is not allowed to play
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears to share the same opinion as President Donald Trump when it comes to kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" and showing respect for the American flag.
Jones stated emphatically following the Cowboys' heartbreaking loss to the Green Bay Packers that his organization will not tolerate any disrespect of the flag.
"We cannot in anyway give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag," Jones told Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News. "We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the (NFL) and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag."
"But let me be real, real clear the thing that the National Football League needs to do and the Dallas Cowboys are going to do is stand for the flag. We’re going to do that. It’s the rules that are on the book in my opinion," Jones added.
Taking a knee would be considered as disrespectful in Jones' estimation, according to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News.
Jones led the Cowboys in a team-wide kneel in linked arms before the national anthem in Week 3, then stood for the song itself. That decision was reached shortly after Trump called for NFL owners to fire any "son of a bitch" that knelt during the anthem during a Republican senate rally in late-September.
Reports suggested that some Cowboys wanted to protest, which led to a passionate, team-wide discussion that decided their demonstration for Week 3. No Cowboy has knelt since, although two players did raise their fists after the anthem on Sunday.
Jones says he was unaware of those actions, but he made it crystal clear to his players and staff as to where the owner stands.
"I don’t know about that," Jones said. "But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag we will not play. You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag we won’t play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag."
Jones also revealed that he shared a recent phone call with Trump, whose campaign he personally donated a million towards during the 2016 presidential election, in which the President said this "could have all been resolved."