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Jerry Jones: Players 'need consequences' to stand up to peer pressure

11 October 2017
Jerry Jones: Players 'need consequences' to stand up to peer pressure

Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones threatened to bench any NFL players who "disrespect the flag" during the national anthem by kneeling or linking arms.

That move came after US President Donald Trump attacked the National Football League over the #TakeAKnee anthem protests which were started previous year by former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick. If we are disrespecting the flag then we won't play, period. "Period." Jones did not specify what he meant by disrespect. "I do, too", Jones said, adding that by disrespecting the flag, players are also doing a disservice to their teammates by creating a poor impression of each other.

Shortly after Jones made the comments, the National Football League Players Association released a statement saying in part "We should not stifle these discussions and can not allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our constitution protects". During the anthem, the Jones family stood arm-in-arm with the players. "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the fearless". "So we're clear", the billionaire said after his team's loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement Monday that in meetings last week with team owners, commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants owner John Mara, the chairman of the NFL management council, assured union leaders that they would "respect the Constitutional rights of our members without retribution".

Jones was speaking in the aftermath of Vice President Mike Pence leaving the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday when around 20 players - about 40 percent of the 49ers roster - kneeled during the 'Star Spangled Banner'.

In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood during the national anthem. Following the Cowboys' gesture, Trump said he spoke to Jones - who donated to Trump's campaign - and that the team will stand for the anthem going forward. Then they all stood for the anthem.

"Trump has made [standing for the anthem] about patriotism", Ross said, on a day when three Miami players stayed in the tunnel rather than stand on the sideline during the anthem.

"I don't know about that".

Meanwhile, the president also fired a completely different shot across the NFL's bow by tweeting out a threat to take away the special tax breaks the league gets all across the country. "He's OK with it, as most Marines I speak to are", Irving continued.