Jerry Jones: Cowboys players will stand for the national anthem

AP

Owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will stand for the national anthem or else. His postgame comments were the first time he publicly and definitively has laid down the law, though everyone believed that was the team’s stance on the national anthem.

Jones’ comments came after Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News asked the owner about two players — David Irving and Damontre Moore — raising their fists at the end of the anthem Sunday. Jones said he did not see the raised fists.

“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said in his postgame interviews. “OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period. Period.

“We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have. I’m not aware and wouldn’t know what you’re talking about. I’m not aware of that. . . . We as a team are very much on the page together. We have made our expression that we’re together.”

Vice President Mike Pence, who previously served as the governor of Indiana, tweeted he left Sunday’s game between San Francisco and Indianapolis after 23 49ers players took a knee.

“I’m saying our vice president of the United States, if in his opinion there’s disrespect of the flag, then he should – he basically should — express himself however he wants to,” Jones said. “He’s got rights, too, so however he wants to do it. He felt that not standing for the flag is disrespectful. I do, too. The league, in my mind, should absolutely take the rules we’ve got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag.”

Jones also referred to the game-day operations manual when asked about his conversation with President Trump after the Cowboys took a knee before the national anthem and then rose for it in Arizona in Week 3. The NFL’s game operations manual says: “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.”

It adds that “failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

The NFL issued a statement the first time Colin Kaepernick didn’t stand last year, saying, “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”

More recently, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said the league believes “our players have a right to express themselves.”

Jones disagrees.

“It’s the rules that are on the book in my opinion,” Jones said. “But we are going to stand for the flag, and we’ve done that. We’ve kneeled in support of each other before the national anthem, and we’ve stood for the national anthem. We’ve always done that. There’s no equivocation. We’ll stand for the flag.”

74 responses to “Jerry Jones: Cowboys players will stand for the national anthem

  1. Meanwhile, we have two losers (49ers and Colts) who prefer to kneel in an effort to draw attention away from the god-awful product those organizations put on the football field.

  2. Or else what? He’s going to cut a bunch of players and take the Salary cap hit, while other teams snatch those players up?

    Gimme a break.

    Hold that L Cowboys… Good work Aaron Rogers!

  3. The whole league could benefit from this, but they won’t.
    Ratings will continue to tank people just don’t like this stunt by the players.

  4. The irony here is that 9 out of 10 veterans will tell you that it is a person’s right to not stand, and that it doesnt offend them. Yet all of the manufactured “outrage” comes from civilians who claim that these protests “slap veterans in the face.”

  5. cookerduff123 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    The irony here is that 9 out of 10 veterans will tell you that it is a person’s right to not stand, and that it doesnt offend them. Yet all of the manufactured “outrage” comes from civilians who claim that these protests “slap veterans in the face.”
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    Yeah, they certainly have a right to disrespect everything this country stands for, but we also have a right to wish that they suffer every consequence for such disrespect for the ideals that each one of us is free, has individual rights that are protected by our government and not the other way around.

  6. townie45 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    To late Jerry. I’m gone ; along with millions of others.
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    You never existed.

  7. How about a summary so we can all move on.
    If you are doing well and have never been unfairly treated, by all means criticize kneeler and boycott the NFL.
    If you feel a few outrageous cases of policemen filmed killing unarmed black people is just a little unusual, but nothing to worry about, act like nothing needs to change.
    Otherwise continue to make Eagles and Redskins fans agree with Jones because money and power are more important than entertainment.
    People who hate the Cowboys like them over the kneel8ng issue.
    The flag is a symbol of the country, the human beings are actually THE country.

  8. Why..WHY??? Why would you score instead of holding the ball a couple more plays and just score with 30 seconds left. Slide down at the 5, 1st and goal, pack take a timeout….run a muddle play into the line…..clock ticks down for 40 seconds, you take a timeout with 35 or so to go and go for the TD on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th down. You just have to know who you are up against right?

  9. Rarely do I agree with loose cannon, Jerry Jones. But, when it comes to mandating his employees, to stand for a given period of time, at their place of employment;I applaud his courage.

    If you really want to put and end to this nonsense, fine them.

    These clowns are nothing more than EMPLOYEES, on the clock, at their place of BUSINESS. First Amendment protection, from CONGRESSIONAL LAWS, does NOT apply.
    (Read the First Amendment).

    Besides, we’ll see how “committed to the cause” these guys are, when said commitment comes out of their own wallets.

  10. “Yeah, they certainly have a right to disrespect everything this country stands for, but we also have a right to wish that they suffer every consequence for such disrespect for the ideals that each one of us is free, has individual rights that are protected by our government and not the other way around.”

    Translation: Dat privilege is being threatened.

  11. gauchosporlife says:
    October 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    In more relevant news, Cowboys lost another heartbreaker.
    __________________________________________________

    Matters of the heart are often a matter of perspective, in this instance what broke yours warmed mine.

  12. Jerry Jones is worried about his bottom line not patriotism. He’s always been about the dollar.

  13. How many cowboys have kneeled before? Is it just not standing that is considered disrespect for the flag? Just want to know what he will be looking for.

  14. The irony here is that 9 out of 10 veterans will tell you that it is a person’s right to not stand, and that it doesnt offend them. Yet all of the manufactured “outrage” comes from civilians who claim that these protests “slap veterans in the face.”

    ——————
    Proves you’ve not even talked to vets. They feel It is a completely offensive move by players and they have zero clue how kneeling or raising a fist has done one thing for anyone who is actually being treated unequally. I agree. Can’t players take their millions and silently bless people who have need? Nah the glory is more important to them. That’s sad.

  15. thrifty says:
    October 8, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    Meanwhile, we have two losers (49ers and Colts) who prefer to kneel in an effort to draw attention away from the god-awful product those organizations put on the football field.
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    Or in this case a loser snake oil salesman tries to wrap himself in a flag in an effort to draw attention away from the completely disappointing product his team puts on the field. everyone knows they have no defense, and now dez has hands of stone can’t separate and is only good for jump balls. while dak is finding out what most young qbs learn earlier in their career; life ain’t easy without a running game…..

    but sing that anthem jerry boy… easier than singing the 2-3 blues.

  16. townie45 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm
    To late Jerry. I’m gone ; along with millions of others.
    ______________________

    Looks like you’ve really managed to fill up your Sundays with non NFL activities. But if you really want to prove that you’re gone, please never ever comment again. That will really show them, not having the support of townie45 and the “millions” (sure it is) of other boycotters (likely townies as well).

  17. If you’re so offended by players protesting by kneeling for the anthem that you have decided to give up watching NFL football, why are you visiting a website that is exclusively about the NFL? And Jones is full of crap too – anyone that really thinks he would bench Elliot, Prescott. Bryant, Witten, or any other key player because they took a knee is delusional.

  18. “—-The irony here is that 9 out of 10 veterans will tell you that it is a person’s right to not stand, and that it doesnt offend them. Yet all of the manufactured “outrage” comes from civilians who claim that these protests “slap veterans in the face.”

    nonsense.. this is like your mom and dad telling you not to make a fuss about their 50th wedding anniversary

  19. Potential free agents who are not into phony forced patriotism pushed by our draft dodging President are already looking elsewhere to sign there next contract. Thanks Jerrah.

  20. Paul Allen would never say something like this. Good ownership. Think of all the free agents they just lost out on in the future. None of these millionaire black men want to play for some slave owner in 2017.

    Go ahead Cowboy fans, tell me you don’t care. As long as you don’t care about winning I guess it’s not a problem.

  21. Massah Jerruh says “stand boys”. I’m sure that’s going to go over well in the locker room. Nice he waited until after the game to deliver his ultimatum.

  22. This issue is not about the flag or anthem–those who continue to make them the issue either don’t know what they’re talking about or are deliberately and willfully turning a blind eye to the injustice that’s at the nucleus of the protest. To repeat a statement made in a previous comment–the flag nor the anthem is the country–the PEOPLE are–can anyone really justify symbols being of greater value than the life of citizens??

  23. Sure seems to be a lot of folks who were too pure to follow the NFL anymore hanging around. If someone trying to make a statement, misguided though it may be, makes you wet your pants, maybe you should follow pro soccer.

  24. Who cares what he says. If they wanna kneel: They’ll kneel and get paid doing it. Any repercussions will be handled by the NFLPA. And they will win.

  25. Another old white man making his old rules. 1st amendment only applies to to the white race…just keep killing unarmed blk men. No one cares. keep taking a knee boys

  26. Now would be a good time for the Cowboys to sign Kaepernick…let’s see the circus around that first game.

  27. they are allowed to protest

    you are allowed to not like it

    you are allowed to boycott

    the owners are allowed to panic

    the kneelers are allowed to feel slighted

    thats america, baby

  28. I hope the whole team kneels. What does Jarrah do??? He will favor the money and play the game and try to explain his reversal by saying he respects the right to choose. What a joke he is.

  29. To say the players have the right to kneel during the anthem is BS. They are employed by the NFL and every major employer has a code of conduct which employees are expected to follow. There are certain things I cannot say or do while working for my current employer even though its my right as a citizen. Thats the way it goes when a company pays you to do a job. Why should it be different for NFL players? Want to protest or bring awareness to a certain issue? Go do that on your own time.

    I’d like to see what percentage of these players are actively doing something about the issues they are so “passionate” about when not in front of a camera.

  30. I guess most of these commenters AND Jerrah missed Civics Class somewhere along the way. There is NO requirement to do anything during the National Anthem.

    And spending 3 years in the early 70’s in the US Army in ‘the conflict that was Viet Nam’ I fought to give them, and YOU, to do as you please, it’s part of the basis of Democracy.

    So get off your high horse, shut-up and enjoy life … or demonstrate against them, I fought for you too!!!!

  31. cookerduff123 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    The irony here is that 9 out of 10 veterans will tell you that it is a person’s right to not stand, and that it doesnt offend them. Yet all of the manufactured “outrage” comes from civilians who claim that these protests “slap veterans in the face.”
    ———————————————————–

    Care to back that up? Just because the media consistently throws veterans in your face who agree with their agenda does not mean “9 out of 10 veterans” feel that way. I know many, many veterans and the statistic is more like 8-9 out of 10 veterans legitimately do feel disrespected by it.

    Why wouldn’t they? Anyone who has buried a veteran family member and seen that flag draped over the casket is likely going to view this as a sign of disrespect. It’s not complicated.

  32. bert1913 says:
    October 8, 2017 at 10:45 pm
    if you believe that they are disrespecting the flag, you really don’t get it and never will
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    WE all know it is praising their leader Colin, in his “hands up don’t shoot” Castro loving mentality which has long been debunked. The stats do NOT show there is any additional police brutality against blacks

  33. As I said on Twitter, let’s keep in my mind that this is coming from a guy who has, time and again, allowed players with a history of assaulting women to play, yet kneeling during the anthem is somehow a red line for him. Absolutely ridiculous and hypocrisy at its’ finest.

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