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Jerry Jones met with Cowboys players regarding national anthem

Jerry Jones met with Cowboys players regarding national anthem

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.

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.

Jones previously said that anyone who doesn't stand for the national anthem will be benched and that "it's in the best interests of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL and the players" to respect the American flag. With his history and this ultimatum, Jones has basically told Cowboys players that he would rather they beat a woman a fraction of their size half to death than stand up for what they believe in. Understand? We will not. if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play.

Jones sought to ensure players also saw the bigger picture regarding the business side of the situation, including concerns over TV ratings and sponsors, the source said.

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BC-FBN-NFL Protests-Benched for Kneeling, 1101 Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protestsAP Photo NAS115, TXEG101, OHJM101, CACC101, FLLAU211, NY150, NY184, NY199Eds: With AP Photos. Just yesterday, the commissioner sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams, stating, "The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of the game". In the past, those protections have only protected people from being punished for belonging to certain political parties but a creative lawyer might try to argue it covers protesting football players, too, he said. Employment law allows private sector employers great latitude in restricting employee conduct and speech while at work.

The players seemed blindsided, Yahoo Sports said, "and had a team meeting Wednesday to discuss it according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport". "Period", Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Jones said the NFL's operations manual left the issue of standing for the national anthem ambiguous. Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who kneeled during the anthem.