Cowboys players meet to discuss Jerry Jones’ anthem comments

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently has been talking to anyone and everyone regarding his desire to remove his team from the anthem controversy by making it clear that he requires America’s Team to stand for the American national anthem. The members of that team have some concerns.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Cowboys held a team meeting to discuss the anthem issue and to “air out their frustrations” arising from Jones’ remarks. Per Rapoport, members of the coaching staff were present. They ultimately were told that they should take their concerns up with Jones.

Jones doesn’t seem to be likely to listen. The billionaire who is used to getting what he wants has made it clear that he wants players to stand for the anthem. And if any of his players don’t want to stand for the anthem, we’ll find players who do.

With the NFL closing in on a possible rule requiring all players to stand, none of this may matter. But if, by the time the Cowboys play again in Week Seven, the issue hasn’t been settled on a league-wide basis and Jones continues to insist on standing, things could get interesting if players who believe that their boss is essentially challenging them decide to accept.

65 responses to “Cowboys players meet to discuss Jerry Jones’ anthem comments

  1. I would love to see what Jerry does if Dak, Zeke, & Dez all decide to take a knee. That would really be great TV.

  2. Since when did it ever become ok to not stand for the national anthem anyway?? That is the one common thread we all still had. This country is done if we cant agree to stand for the one thing that symbolizes all that we were and all that we have moving forward. This flag is US. If you cant respect that as our symbol of unity, we are done as a country.

  3. Kneel guys. Every last one of you. Call Jerry’s bluff. He’s not going to bench the entire team and take a forfeit while wallowing in 3rd place. He’s a blowhard just like the blowhard who is trying to bully the league.

  4. People are suffering and dying across our entire country, but golly, I’m so happy we have a president that instead is focused on the NFL. This is such an important issue that the president absolutely must tweet daily about it and obsess over every detail. Except the part concerning the reason why players are protesting.

    Thank god he has multiple golf courses where he can go relax after a tough day of tweeting and obsessing over the NFL. As opposed to doing the job he was elected to do.

  5. If Dak,Dez,Ezekiel, and a few offensive linemen don’t stand is Jones going to bench them? I mean come on Jones you should have handled this internally. Now you’re little boying men who may take you up on that challenge. No matter where you fall on this issue there are smarter ways as an owner to go about this.

    I also find it crazy that Jones will make every excuse for players that run afoul of the law and will not bench them but players not standing for the national anthem is a benchable offense? Domestic violence, DUI, theft….etc….come on this is getting silly.

  6. Protesting players should stand and face away from the flag. Then they can change the rule again, then again….

  7. This conflicts with Jerry’s typical behavior. Many view him as a “player’s owner” with his open-door policy and tendency to sign guys he likes earlier than necessary. It seems odd that he would potentially alienate his players with this ultimatum.

  8. This has all the makings for a potential players strike.Giving Trump exactly what he wanted. All the attention again.

  9. My bold prediction of the week is that NONE of the Cowboys’ players will play this week. Take that to the bank!!

  10. If they kneel or raise fists, Bench ’em and DO NOT give them their game checks.
    Next man up.
    This needs to be nipped in the bud.

    If they sue for the money, I’m sure you and the other owners can lawyer them to death.

  11. Discuss it all you want. He is your boss. He owns you. You have the right to sit or kneel and he has the right to fire you. Plain and simple. He is the employer and you are the employee. Again, discuss it until you’re blue in the face…doesn’t change the fact that the employer sets the rules and determines what is appropriate in the workplace and what is not.

  12. Jerry has signed and played Randy Gregory (tested positive twice in college for MJ), Adam “Pacman” Jones (multiple arrests), La’el Collins (linked to a murder), Greg Hardy (domestic violence), Roland McClain (disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and quitting on former teams), and Ezekiel Elliott (domestic violence), but silent protesting is where he draws the line.

  13. Why is this a big deal you ask? Because a weak president wants to burnish his image and ego by creating a psuedo controversy, create a straw man, and then claim victory when billionaires agree to play his game.

  14. If you work at Walmart and you are asked to mop the floor, you mop the floor, you don’t meet with your coworkers to “air out your frustrations” to decide if you should mop the floor…

  15. Jones could be facing a Paul Robeson moment if his star quarterback wants to emulate a great American.

  16. If they kneel,fine.
    But fine them 1 million each and every time they do so.

    We’ll see how long that lasts.

  17. If the NFL implements a new rule regarding the national anthem, they will also cede their authority to the whims & desires of a politician, in this case, the President, by doing so. Once done, it will set a precedent for other politicians to demand the NFL change or implement new behavioral rules in the future, to address any perceived grievance.

    Whatever action the NFL takes, it should do so with restraint, and at a future date, far enough out, to avoid ceding their authority on this behavioral issues. Once you let the politicians in, they will never leave.

  18. Players can keep complaining all they want. They can keep kneeling all they want. And, the owners in turn can fine them or suspend them for violating team rules if they want, just as they can be reprimanded for violating something as simple as the team dress code. And don’t forget the fans, half of the country can stop watching NFL games as frequently, if they want.

  19. This has nothing to do with profits. It has everything to do with patriotism, believe me. And I am majorly patriotic. No one is more patriotic than I am. Jerry Jones is a great great friend of mine. Long time friend. Great leader of a great organization and everyone should follow what he’s doing.

  20. “If you work at Walmart and you are asked to mop the floor, you mop the floor, you don’t meet with your coworkers to “air out your frustrations” to decide if you should mop the floor.”

    —————

    But, but….it’s for social injustice!!! Try telling that one to your boss if you are an average American.

  21. ZIA Boy says:

    My bold prediction of the week is that NONE of the Cowboys’ players will play this week. Take that to the bank!!
    ===============================================================

    There’s a better chance of a Browns-Giants Super Bowl this season.

  22. “Jones could be facing a Paul Robeson moment if his star quarterback wants to emulate a great American.”

    ————

    Dak was already asked about this. Sorry, but he’s not on the side of the kneelers. He just wants to play football and not deal with the BS that the drama queens are starting.

  23. If they want to get paid, they’ll stand. If you have a problem with authority or being subordinate to someone, quit football and open up your own shop. You can do all the kneeling you want then…but until then, as a subordinate…you’ll fall in line or work somewhere else. What’s it gonna be?

  24. mark0226 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 11:00 am
    Jerry has signed and played Randy Gregory (tested positive twice in college for MJ), Adam “Pacman” Jones (multiple arrests), La’el Collins (linked to a murder), Greg Hardy (domestic violence), Roland McClain (disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and quitting on former teams), and Ezekiel Elliott (domestic violence), but silent protesting is where he draws the line.
    ______________________
    Marijuana laws are a joke and I would not lump smoking weed in with the other offenses listed. Collins was cleared of any and all involvement with the crime in question.

    The point you’re trying to make is valid, but these 2 cases don’t fit your narrative.

  25. This whole workplace thing isn’t as simple as some people are making it out to be. The players have power and the owners know it. Comparing it to Walmart doesn’t work. #1, the players are represented by a union. #2, they are celebrities which will get a big portion of the population on their sides in any disagreement. #3, many of them also have the financial means to fight protracted legal battles. Find me a Walmart employee that can do those things and I’ll agree that “owners make the rules and players have to follow.”

  26. It’s unbelievable that we’ve arrived here. Kaepernick was protesting inequality and police brutality. It was a peaceful protest made by someone who knew full well that his celebrity gave him a platform to draw attention to a problem.
    Now it’s been twisted and contorted into so many different things – if a player doesn’t stand at attention he’s anti-American or anti-military. If a player stands at attention then he’s bending to the will of the president. The players have been put into an impossible spot by the POTUS, and it sucks. I think Jerry Jones trying to force his team to stand is going to blow up in his face. But we’ll see. Money and influence talk, and he has plenty of both.

  27. Kneel guys. Every last one of you. Call Jerry’s bluff. He’s not going to bench the entire team and take a forfeit while wallowing in 3rd place. He’s a blowhard just like the blowhard who is trying to bully the league……………..

    But he can certainly fine them post game…

  28. Some thoughts.

    1. For those of you that keep talking about how Jerrah ignored the players with legal problems but not players that would kneel or sit, there is one reason alone for this. The fans will largely back the legal issue players but not the others. He is going where the money is.

    2. The players airing their frustration, really? Maybe they should remember that he was one of the first owners to come out with a solution that allowed them to do their kneel (for their protest) and still be able to stand for the anthem so that the fans might actually listen to what the players are purporting to be protesting.

    So yeah he is putting a line in the sand, but he is still giving them an outlet.

    3. It would be interesting to see if he would bench Dez, Dak, and Zeke. What happens if he does? Do you think the fans will blame him or the players? We have already seen that the majority of fans sided with the owners in the last CBA agreement. Why wouldn’t they now?

    When he benches them, and the game doesn’t end what happens to the dream that is “the players having leverage”?

  29. Nobody messes up team chemistry like Jerry Jones. Whatever players decide to do, Jerry has let them know he doesn’t have their backs. How willing will players be to play through pain, sacrifice their bodies for the team, dig deep to find extra motivation? No doubt the players have differing views on this issue, and Jerry may have inflamed those differences. Be interesting to see.

  30. thejimius says:

    October 11, 2017 at 11:15 am

    This whole workplace thing isn’t as simple as some people are making it out to be. The players have power and the owners know it. Comparing it to Walmart doesn’t work. #1, the players are represented by a union. #2, they are celebrities which will get a big portion of the population on their sides in any disagreement. #3, many of them also have the financial means to fight protracted legal battles. Find me a Walmart employee that can do those things and I’ll agree that “owners make the rules and players have to follow.”

    Depends on which players we’re talking about. A bottom of the roster guy with the Dolphins or Cowboys is likely to be cut if he defies the edicts from Ross or Jones. But if, say, Jay Ajayi or Dak Prescott took a knee or sat? Now you’ve got something. For the players to have any power here some high profile, indispensable players are going to have to lead the charge. And then they’ll have an equally difficult task of getting back on message with what they’re trying to accomplish by kneeling or sitting. It shouldn’t even be an “I’m kneeling because you can’t tell me what to do” argument. It has always supposed to have been about social issues – protesting inequality and police brutality.

  31. kwf484 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:42 am
    How many of the players will protest with their game checks?
    _________________________________________________________
    There comes a time when a Man must sacrifice for what he believes.

    The Oppressed deal with sacrifice much better than the privileged.

    I hope an event….any spark or presidential tongue slip creates the proverbial “dam burst”

    #playersunify

  32. Now they know exactly what type of human being they are working for…those stories of him cheating on his wife and philandering around town aren’t so cute anymore huh…they all should sit and force his hand

  33. Seems by the comments that many love the red white and blue and their freedom but have no use for their fellow Americans freedoms. Seems to some personal freedoms are unpatriotic?

  34. I would be curious to know if Jones would have the right to suspend the player/s without pay. Due to either financial losses to the team or the devaluation of the Cowboys franchise and or name brand caused by the player/s? Maybe the Attorney side of Florio will address this in the near future.

  35. So, there seems to be a movement among a few fans for the players to boycott the cowboys and kneel to “force his hand.” Just suppose he follows through when they call his hand? Then what? So he suspends the entire team for “conduct detrimental to the team” and takes their paychecks for a week? 70% of the fans overall, probably more in Texas, think the players should stand.

    Jerry wins, players lose in the realm of public opinion and in their paychecks, which average just under $300,000 per week.

  36. This is now about money and absurd defiance. The NFL’s actions make it clear that sponsors and television networks are threatening to take drastic economic actions that will hit the teams in their pocket books if the protests continue. The players will bear 49% of the total economic loss as the salary cap decreases and fringe players (and some not so fringe – like Kaepernick) who defy the workplace rules will lose their jobs. The owners have no choice as they may lose the sacred cow of tax advantages if they do not squelch the protests. The players’ actions were intentionally designed to outrage a segment of the population who revere the flag and anthem setting up this inevitable confrontation. If the players decide to defy the NFL and the club owners the game will suffer greatly … as will their own futures. Time for sanity to reign.

  37. Uh, before you go making bets or demands on whether they do or don’t kneel this week, you should know that they’re on a bye-week.

  38. He pays the 53 of your ~159,000,000 for 16 weeks of work. My guess is he can bench you but still has to pay you per your CBA…

    At this point for me it’s no longer about the anthem…I have lost respect for the players who kneel because that is all they do for their “cause”…here is why…they are athletes and since day 1 of college they have been told what to do, when to do it and for how long every single day. Time to grow up and take ownership of you life!

  39. moosejawman says:
    October 11, 2017 at 11:03 am
    If you work at Walmart and you are asked to mop the floor, you mop the floor, you don’t meet with your coworkers to “air out your frustrations” to decide if you should mop the floor…
    ___________________________

    Great comparison. Not. Just because you can relate to the Walmart worker doesn’t mean it applies. What is Jones gonna do when his entire team takes a knee? Forfeit?!

  40. bkinacti0n says:
    October 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Great comparison. Not. Just because you can relate to the Walmart worker doesn’t mean it applies. What is Jones gonna do when his entire team takes a knee? Forfeit?!

    ————

    It might be interesting to see, this is what you could call a really big game of chicken. If Jerrah stands by what he says, I believe the fans will side with him against the players. I don’t know what all will happen, I figure that the players really can’t afford to have that happen.

  41. “The players actions were initially designed to outrage a segment of the population who revere the flag and anthem”.

    Is that segment of the population so vacuous that symbols are all that they can worship? Are their lives so meaningless that fealty to nationalism is the only thing giving them purpose?

    That segment needs to find something constructive to revere.

  42. just give the players what they want. ask politely for police to stop shooting unarmed black men in america. or if that request seems to condescending, ask that police consider new training methods and shoot to kill protocols to take into account the mistakes that have clearly been made along the way in policing. obviously not all police shootings are wrong. probably a small percentage. but we all know police go overboard from time to time and then they back each other up no matter what because of the brotherhood thing. just change that mindset in 2017 here and now and then there won’t be a need for nfl anthem protests.

  43. Jones can sit players, but he still has to pay them. If he wants to cut players over this, he’ll be sued and he’ll lose.

    And this is so much more important that more than half of Puerto Rico not having electricity or clean water. Welcome to the Trump era.

  44. So much simplistic, statistically unsupported stuff behind the protests.

    According to FBI/DOJ violent crime statistics for 2014, blacks were charged with over 50% of all murders/homicides and robberies, 29% of rapes, and 33% of aggravated assaults. Overall, blacks in 2014 were charged in nearly 38% of all violent crimes, and it wasn’t an exceptional year. This has been a trend for decades.

    I would suggest that when a small slice of people from within a small minority (13%) of the population is committing such a vastly disproportionate amount of violent crime, a disproportionate number of deaths would be expected.

    I’m not suggesting those shootings were or were not justified, just that the old adage “live by the sword; die by the sword” might well be applicable in some of these cases.

  45. This is pretty simple, it’s the league rules:
    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. 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.

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