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Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys who don't stand for anthem won't play

13 October 2017

A Texas labor union is angry that the Dallas Cowboys owner told his players to stand during the national anthem, and filed a complaint Tuesday in protest.

Jones also broached the business side of the argument with his team, explaining the importance of keeping the Cowboys' sponsors satisfied and TV ratings trending upward, according to ESPN.

"If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play", Jones told the players Sunday, according to Dallas News. Jones himself had knelt before the anthem with his players earlier this season.

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Jones said Trump indicated the NFL should enforce a rule that players must stand for the national anthem. "Understand? We will not... if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play".

The "Glory" MC also says players should be able to kneel for what they believe in, and even makes reference to the poem that the National Anthem is based on, which makes a mention of slavery.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now", the president said to a cheering crowd. I'm very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys - I don't care what happens - under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. I know in the modern age people think workers shouldn't have rights, but they still do.

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When asked if he would really sit a player like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant, Jones initially deferred. "We are trying to send Mr. Jones a message that there is a law here". Jones donated a large sum to Trump's presidential campaign a year ago and has been in contact with him since the protests spread in Week 3.

Meanwhile, Lions safety Glover Quin, who is Detroit's union representative, said that when the NFLPA responds to Jones' remarks, it won't be ambiguous. "So I think the likelihood on the basis of that charge alone, that this gets much steam, is probably unlikely".

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Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys who don't stand for anthem won't play