Jerry Jones gives Cowboys players ultimatum: Stand for anthem or sit for game

by Ryan Gaydos
October 9, 2017

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday any player who disrespects the flag will not play.

Jones’ comments, the strongest made on the anthem controversy, came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis early after several San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem.

“I know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” he said following the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. “We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear.”

Jones and the rest of the team kneeled arm-in-arm before the national anthem before a game against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago, days after President Trump reignited the anthem-protest controversy.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • WhiteFalcon says:

    I expect that Jones saw millions of dollars flying out the window. I think that the good folks in Texas would have ripped his gonads out, finantially, if he would not have come out the way he did. I suspect they are about ready to anyway. The crap that he pulled in the Arizona game was probably pulling on his purse strings. I personally have no sympathy for him. He is just trying to play the situation any way he can in order to make more money for himself.

  • roboteq says:

    About time the owners grew a set. Yes, they are between a rock and a hard place, but if they don’t stand up to the players and the NFLPA, they are going to wind up losing everything anyway. The sports arena is simply not the venue for the political protests that are being promoted by Progressive labor unions and anti-American billionaires. If these players have a gripe about something, then they need to express themselves at a time that sports fans are not paying them to be football players.

  • Tar Heel58 says:

    That should have been Jerry’s first response to begin with. All owners should adopt this response along with a hefty fine. To little to late, as for me no more sports. We know where their hearts are and it’s not with the Flag, the Anthem or the men and women who have and are serving.

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