Jerry Jones acknowledges talking to President Trump, gives few details

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President Trump tweeted about his Tuesday phone conversation with Jerry Jones after the Cowboys collectively took a knee before the national anthem and then rose to stand for it. The President praised the Cowboys owner.

But, according to Jean-Jacques Taylor of DFW’s NBC affiliate, Trump also called Jones four times Monday to discuss how the Cowboys were going to handle the national anthem.

Jones acknowledged he talked to the President this week but offered few details.

“I’m not going to get into it,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan. “He did call. He was complimentary, which doesn’t mean that in any way we acquiesced to what he was implying. What we did was exclusive from that. What we wanted to do was basically make a statement and certainly not dishonor the flag.

“Anybody in the United States, for the most part, I’m talking the great majority of people, it’s madness to think that somebody would dishonor the flag. The debate is whether you are dishonoring it or not. That’s where people get their case. So just to stand up there and say a group such as the NFL and our players are doing anything that doesn’t respect the flag is just not something that could be accepted. Our effort specifically said it’s different when the flag is out and we’re going to stand and honor the flag than when it is not out. Where I’m coming from here is the implication that there was some kind of pat on the back or anything like that is really not the case. It was a simple discussion. I know him. I’ve known him for several years. . . . There are many things we don’t agree on.”

Trump tweeted his support of Jones Wednesday, saying, “Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”

Jones did his best to distance himself from the idea that he ordered the players to stand for the national anthem. Jones presented his idea in a pregame meeting Monday, and the Cowboys decided to go along.

“I don’t have a record here, but I want everybody to know that I’ve asked the players for anything that I might suggest we do. I ask, A-S-K, not tell,” Jones said on his radio show. “We pulled it all out. When I say we, our players, our history, ourselves, our organization, we pulled it all out to come out there and do what we did the other night.”

Jones wouldn’t say how the team will handle the national anthem moving forward, but receiver Dez Bryant said Friday the Cowboys plan to stand as a team this week.

We’re going to stand,” Bryant said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “We’re going to stand and put our hand over our heart, and we’re going to do what we did before. Y’all know what that was, that was just a response to Trump. That’s all that was.”

22 responses to “Jerry Jones acknowledges talking to President Trump, gives few details

  1. Trump was right again, the silent majority is behind him just like they were during the election.

    Listening the the vocal minority never works.

  2. They are disrespecting the flag and all it represents: Their ability to make millions and become celebrities AKA The American Dream. When you kneel or refuse to stand for the anthem, you are telling the 20 year olds coming home in coffins draped by the flag, that their sacrifice for your ability to play a game and live a life of luxury isn’t worth a 52 second song. If you want to protest police brutality, write an op-ed or organize a rally, don’t kneel at the sign of freedom and prosperity that millions have died trying to reach or protect.

  3. It will be interesting to see when Goodell’s term runs out in 2019 what it will be like to have an NFL Commissioner and President be one in the same. I ,for one, am looking forward to it. 5 years in the dual role!!!!! Wow!!!!!

  4. the players thought they could intimidate the President and fans, like BLM tries to do on the streets.
    People keep forgetting though, that the majority in this country fully supports Trump and will not tolerate disrespect for the country OR authority.
    Goodell tried to punk the President, and now it will cost him and the league dearly

  5. The Cowboys took a knee before the anthem and we all know the reason why. They then showed respect for the flag, our national anthem and the people who have sacrificed much to make this country great. They made there point and the did it with class. Far better than hiding out in the locker room (Trippy, I’m looking at you).

  6. So, Trump spent 4 calls wanting to talk to Jerry Jones about what they were going to do about the anthem, while not using that time to send military aid to people in Puerto Rico, (who are Americans) who were suffering from the aftermath of hurricane Maria…so, Trump doesn’t think the players are unpatriotic? hmmmm.

  7. Iknowitall says:
    September 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    the players thought they could intimidate the President and fans, like BLM tries to do on the streets.
    People keep forgetting though, that the majority in this country fully supports Trump and will not tolerate disrespect for the country OR authority.
    Goodell tried to punk the President, and now it will cost him and the league dearly\

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    How exactly are they trying to intimidate with a peaceful protest? Reading into it a bit too much.

  8. pantsfreezone says:
    September 29, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    They are disrespecting the flag and all it represents: Their ability to make millions and become celebrities AKA The American Dream. When you kneel or refuse to stand for the anthem, you are telling the 20 year olds coming home in coffins draped by the flag, that their sacrifice for your ability to play a game and live a life of luxury isn’t worth a 52 second song. If you want to protest police brutality, write an op-ed or organize a rally, don’t kneel at the sign of freedom and prosperity that millions have died trying to reach or protect.

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    Fair point. Which is why Jones and team stood during the Anthem. So what was wrong with what they did?

  9. while not using that time to send military aid to people in Puerto Rico

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    Your talking points from Rep Waters are getting a little old. It takes a president about a one minute phone call to get aid ordered. To Sec Matthis: “Get with FEMA and coordinate the military’s aid to Puerto Rico. Goodbye.” The hang up was with the bureaucracy in FEMA wanting to “think” about how to do it.

  10. “Fair point. Which is why Jones and team stood during the Anthem. So what was wrong with what they did?” -bullcharger

    Well let’s see:

    -They didn’t explain what they were doing. It all looked like they were simply disrespecting the flag as an act of defiance towards the President.

    -They forgot how math works. I support a discussion on black Americans vs American cop interactions, but this protest is based on lies, bad math and false narratives. And the majority of NFL fans probably love America more than they love football. This was a badly calculated move made by giant children. They would have gotten a better response by standing and saluting the flag.

    -And calling America racist when it just got done with 8 years of a black President seems disingenuous at best. This is going to hurt the NFL and its sponsors, journalists, ESPN and other subsidiaries badly.

  11. Shut up already. Don’t care about the flag when people are disrespectful. It’s about respects from all levels of people, starting from the office to cops showing love and protect instead of murdering innocent civilians.

  12. charger383 says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Damage has been done, we have a long memory
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    Yup, Trump caused an absolute disaster with his really nasty name-calling of players over an is issue that had really died down. The damage Trump caused and ill-feelings by players and fans is a huge divide. Not once did Jones or Trump address the issue of WHY>/b> players protested in the first place. Nah, he just called them names and demanded that owners fire players. What a chump

  13. The President appears to have way too much free time. Perhaps he could pass a bill if he actually spent as much time working on it as he does dividing the nation.

  14. The sit-in at the Greensboro Woolworth’s wasn’t anti-American either. President Foot Pain should just relax about this flag business.

  15. “perhaps he could pass a bill if he actually spent as much time working on it”
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    What an example of our education system.

    The President passes no bills, he is in the EXECUTIVE BRANCH. Per the Constitution, which you must have never heard of, the LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, you know, Congress, the Senate and House, pass the bills, the President either signs them or vetoes them.

  16. Bill Bixby says:
    September 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Media spins this as if it’s a bad thing. GASP! How dare he talk to a President we don’t like!!!!!!!
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    Not the point. It appears trump is attempting to take credit for something Jerry Jones and his team worked out on their own. And God knows trump needs that as he has done nothing creditable. All he’s done is cause divisiveness and discord in order to divert the public’s attention away from the Russian probe, a failed attempt at dismantling Obamacare, and an imminent attempt at tax change that will only benefit the very wealthy. As my old baseball coach used to say … “You have to keep your eye on the ball, son”.

  17. willycents says:
    September 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    “perhaps he could pass a bill if he actually spent as much time working on it”
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    What an example of our education system.

    The President passes no bills, he is in the EXECUTIVE BRANCH. Per the Constitution, which you must have never heard of, the LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, you know, Congress, the Senate and House, pass the bills, the President either signs them or vetoes them.
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    trump has NO ACCOMPLISHMENTS so far. ALL past Presidents have lobbied and negotiated with members of Congress in order to get their Party’s bills passed. But trump is too lazy and too ignorant to do the same. He’d prefer to play golf and perform like a monkey in the center ring of the circus for the cameras. He name calls, insults, and blames others for his own failures. His negotiating skill begins and ends with intimidating and arm twisting of small contractors, threatening to tie up their money for years in court until they give in. He’s a complete waste of oxygen.

  18. Senatorblowheart;;;

    trump has saved/created more jobs here in America in less than a year in office than Obama did in 8 years.
    In fact, how many jobs were lost under Obama?????
    How many has Trump brought back?
    Maybe you cant see these things from your Ivory tower, but us blue collar workers see it

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