Jerry Jones met with Cowboys players regarding national anthem

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The Cowboys have a bye this week and that’s probably a good thing because there wasn’t much football work being done at the team’s facility on Wednesday.

Players had a meeting early in the day to talk about team owner Jerry Jones’ vow not to play any player he deems to be disrespectful to the national anthem. Coaches were reportedly at that meeting and told players that they should take their issues to Jones directly.

They did that on Wednesday afternoon. According to multiple reports, Jones met with players to discuss his stance and most players still in the locker room after the meeting told reporters they had no comment, although, per Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, cornerback Orlando Scandrick did pull out a pair of pink cleats for breast cancer awareness to note “they are allowed support.” Hill also noted that Scandrick was playing a song titled “FDT” at his locker. The DT is for President Donald Trump, who Jones calls a friend, and the F you can likely figure out all by yourself.

Defensive lineman David Irving, who raised his fist at the end of the anthem last Sunday, said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, “yeah, we’re together” when asked if the locker room and organization are together and unified. Irving also said “a little of both” when asked if the meeting resulted in more questions or more answers.

Jones said this week that he wants to take the Cowboys out of the national anthem debate that’s taken hold around the league this fall, but Wednesday’s schedule of meetings about the anthem suggest the debate is alive and well in Dallas.

69 responses to “Jerry Jones met with Cowboys players regarding national anthem

  1. FDT? I’m thinking Scandrick was nearly an UFA. He better proceed with caution. Or he may find himself joining Carroll in the NFL breadlines. See how far that FDT get’s you.

  2. The anthem protests have been a complete failure. No one is talking about social justice. The only thing being talked about is the anthem and what you should or should not do during the anthem. So. Over. It.

  3. rohinaz says:
    October 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Fdt? Yeah, who cares about decreased poverty 5trillion in economic growth, near record unemployment, record stock prices.

    If you are a rich white male who cares only about money, yeah everything is great. Decreased poverty is just something you threw in there to make you seem like you actually cared about anything else. If you mean the rich are less impoverished then maybe you have a point.

  4. Fdt? Yeah, who cares about decreased poverty 5 trillion in economic growth, near record unemployment, record stock prices…..

    Most of the liberal CNN watchers on here never even heard of those accomplishments

  5. Yeah, who cares about decreased poverty 5trillion in economic growth, near record unemployment, record stock prices.

    _____________________________________

    All initiated by the previous administration. All trump has done is kill the EPA and bring back a dyeing coal industry… oh and try and repeal healthcare three times. Yea great economic plans he put in place in 6 months… Psssh

  6. The economy lost 22,000 jobs last month, worst numbers in seven years. Instead of the promised four to six percent growth, we are on track for less than two percent for the year. Most Americans do not own stocks.

  7. rohinaz says:
    October 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    Fdt? Yeah, who cares about decreased poverty 5trillion in economic growth, near record unemployment, record stock prices.

    What exactly has he done to get things to this point? Things were trending in this direction long before Trump took office.

  8. Fdt? Yeah, who cares about decreased poverty 5trillion in economic growth, near record unemployment, record stock prices.
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    None of which really have anything to do with Trump. Sorry, but what is or isn’t happening is still mostly the result of Obama’s policies.

  9. Its the employers right to dictate what the employyes can and can not do at work. When that anthem plays they are in Jones’s stadium wearing Jones’s uniforom. That makes it Jones’s call. I think its good that he is having dialog with them, it shows he does respect their feelings. But he has to respect his own feelings too and if he doesnt like it and/or thinks it in any way hurts the team he has billions invested in that is his right to make a decision and direct others to follow it.

  10. If you are a rich white male who cares only about money, yeah everything is great. Decreased poverty is just something you threw in there to make you seem like you actually cared about anything else. If you mean the rich are less impoverished then maybe you have a point….

    Are you saying there is not one brown person in the US that is successful and cares about his business and his money?..You shouldn’t bundle people into little boxes based identity politics….Just to clarify, black unemployment among 18-25 year olds rose to over 40 percent the last 10 years..as was their door to an education by forcing them into public schools and eliminating charter opportunities You could say the former admin didn’t care about anyone..

  11. I would advise anyone on the Cowboys to be very cautious about challenging Jones on the field next week. He is the type of guy who might just “bow his back” and do exactly what he suggested.

  12. rohinaz says:
    October 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    Fdt? Yeah, who cares about decreased poverty 5trillion in economic growth, near record unemployment, record stock prices.
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    You do realize of course that the govt fiscal year actually began on Oct. 1, 2017. Any of this “record” growth you mention would be entirely the result of the previous admin. But, let’s not get caught up in actual facts. For myself, my daddy raised me not to run around mouthing about that which I have no knowledge, it’s a shame too many others had dads who did not, as proven by the insane popularity of right wing radio, where you likely heard these “facts”.

  13. And wtf does any of that have to do with police brutality? which the protests were about. the message has been lost, both sides need to let it go. or just end the sport, because thats where its headed.

    wiscoregon says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm
    rohinaz says:
    October 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Fdt? Yeah, who cares about decreased poverty 5trillion in economic growth, near record unemployment, record stock prices.

    If you are a rich white male who cares only about money, yeah everything is great. Decreased poverty is just something you threw in there to make you seem like you actually cared about anything else. If you mean the rich are less impoverished then maybe you have a point.

  14. Jones is first and foremost a businessman. He owns one of the most profited franchise in the world. He won’t let a fad destroy the Dallas Cowboys. Where were the protests the last 8 years Obama was in office? Suddenly things just got bad? Liberals lost and just can’t stand it. Truth.

  15. To play on the Cowboys, you can rape, use ped’s, snort as much cocaine and beat as many ladies that you like, but you better not try to be patriotic silently! That’s the worse kind of Americans: people trying to make it better for everyone

  16. The economy lost 22,000 jobs last month, worst numbers in seven years. Instead of the promised four to six percent growth, we are on track for less than two percent for the year. Most Americans do not own stocks…

    Lester Holt must have purposely forgot to tell you that was the result of the hurricanes…4 -6 percent growth was never promised…they want to hit 3 and are on track. The last genius could only muster 1.5…and many Americans own Roths, 401K all that contain stock

  17. Fine ANY player that kneels.
    A huge amount.
    Then they will stabd because it affects their wallet.

  18. Do we really live in a world where the owner of a company cannot tell their employees to stop doing things that offend large sections of their paying public??? I think the craziest thing about all this is that the players are not even protesting anything the NFL or the teams are doing….the Cowboys and the NFL have zero to do with their reason for protesting, yet they are taking it in the shorts and the players act as if the owners have no right to ask them to stop!

  19. Allowing pink cleats is allowed support is a good point if Scandrick had asked to wear green socks to support racial injustice. Not disrespecting everything the flag and anthem represents!!! Those institutions represent every man/woman that gave their lives so that Scandrick can play a game for a living!! Now, once you leave that stadium, do what you want..those institutions (flag and anthem) represent your right to protest as well!!

  20. All this for a proud ancient tradition dating back to 2009.

    “salute to service ” days, where players are supposed to stand for the anthem and the DOD gives tax payer money to hard working billionaires to advertise the military.

    It’s a commercial. Who stands for a commercial- North Koreans?

  21. correctingerrors says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:16 pm
    To play on the Cowboys, you can rape, use ped’s, snort as much cocaine and beat as many ladies that you like, but you better not try to be patriotic silently! That’s the worse kind of Americans: people trying to make it better for everyone.

    **********************************************************
    Which Cowboy raped a woman? So, if we tested every NFL player, only the Dallas players would test positive for PED’s? Same with coke and domestic violence? You do realize that Dallas ranks 28th in the league in arrests since 2000…..yeah, low information posters dont like facts!

  22. Do we really live in a world where the owner of a company cannot tell their employees to stop doing things that offend large sections of their paying public??? I think the craziest thing about all this is that the players are not even protesting anything the NFL or the teams are doing….the Cowboys and the NFL have zero to do with their reason for protesting, yet they are taking it in the shorts and the players act as if the owners have no right to ask them to stop!…

    Because the last genius introduced the US to a mob rule mentality, and feelings not laws dictate the land…

  23. You do realize that Dallas ranks 28th in the league in arrests since 2000…

    You do realize that he picks up other players that have been released because of their arrests. Show me the stat where Dallas would rank with having players that have been arrested or suspended during their career. Bet it would be top 3-4.

  24. weeteblog says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    You do realize that Dallas ranks 28th in the league in arrests since 2000…..yeah, low information posters dont like facts!
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    Where do they rank in player suspensions?

  25. “brady2gronktd says:
    October 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm
    Have we entered the twilight zone?

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    Yes. On November 8, 2016.

  26. It’s pathetic that Jerry Jones is being intimidated by Trump to force his players to stand for something they don’t believe in. Last I checked, this was America. But we’re becoming more like North Korea every day. The flag and the Constitution represent freedom of speech and freedom of expression but it’s obvious we’re moving more toward a Dictatorship every day.

  27. jacunn2000 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Jones is first and foremost a businessman. He owns one of the most profited franchise in the world. He won’t let a fad destroy the Dallas Cowboys. Where were the protests the last 8 years Obama was in office? Suddenly things just got bad? Liberals lost and just can’t stand it. Truth.
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    Please say you are kidding! The protests started in October of last year, when Obama was president. They were dwindling until Trump inserted himself into the issue to score points with his base. That, of course, made more players protest. There were maybe 10-12 players taking a knee before Trump got involved.

  28. moosejawman says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Do we really live in a world where the owner of a company cannot tell their employees to stop doing things that offend large sections of their paying public???

    Yes, that’s how a union works. It is for this same reason that a mayor or police chief cannot force the officers to wear body cameras unless they negotiate it (give something in return).

  29. mmack66 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    weeteblog says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    You do realize that Dallas ranks 28th in the league in arrests since 2000…..yeah, low information posters dont like facts!
    ———————

    Where do they rank in player suspensions?
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    They have to be best at something!

  30. so jerruh comes out publicly bashing those who will not stand – then coddles and enables the very same dudes behind closed doors? let’s see how playing both sides of the fence works out…

  31. mmack66 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    weeteblog says:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    You do realize that Dallas ranks 28th in the league in arrests since 2000…..yeah, low information posters dont like facts!
    ———————

    Where do they rank in player suspensions?

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    Not sure, but I see you avoided the question I asked which was for the original poster to back up the claim of Cowboys raping women…and dont use the Zeke parade video, he knew her, brought her to the parade, and spend the weekend with her….that wasnt rape.

    I can tell you that in the last 4 years they have had 15 suspensions….of which McClain and Gregory account for 6 of those suspensions. The rest was made up of 9 players…of which 6 are no long on the team. Again, the original poster was referencing crimes.

  32. To play on the Cowboys, you can rape, use ped’s, snort as much cocaine and beat as many ladies that you like, but you better not try to be patriotic silently! That’s the worse kind of Americans: people trying to make it better for everyone……

    Really that sounds like the people in Washington or Hollywood

  33. i dont mind that you don’t stand…you can do as you please as long as you are quiet & respectful of others around you during the song

    but someone, please, tell me what they are protesting & when we will know there is true ‘social equality’ for people of color because it’s getting nauseating at this point.

  34. The people arguing about the economy need to realize two things

    A) This is not Trump’s fiscal year
    B) Jobs were down because of the natural disasters

    Wait until the devastating tax cuts that Paul Ryan is selling to the public as some great thing for the middle class when it is trickle down economics, which, only works during war time. Spending and a cut to corporate taxes is the way to go not cut’s based on salary. It’s for the Koch brothers, not you.

  35. jackofnotrades says:
    October 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    i dont mind that you don’t stand…you can do as you please as long as you are quiet & respectful of others around you during the song

    but someone, please, tell me what they are protesting & when we will know there is true ‘social equality’ for people of color because it’s getting nauseating at this point.
    ——
    too bad you weren’t around for the 50’s and 60’s civil rights marches. They went on for over a decade – “Nauseating” stuff. Open your mind beyond what it is to live like yourself. That’s what the protests are about.

  36. but someone, please, tell me what they are protesting & when we will know there is true ‘social equality’ for people of color because it’s getting nauseating at this point….

    Police brutality against blacks…Michel Bennett and the rest of the NFAntifa are still searching for data that supports it, but OJ has a better chance to find the killer.

  37. C’mon Jerry, show us what you are made of, bench your starting members for their inability to abide by your denunciation of the first amendment and your obvious loyalty to the GOP, C’mon man, do it and see how fast your team loses every game this season and goes in the tank of the forgetables, like you.

  38. Mismanagement of the NFL and Goodell wants a better severance package if he get’s fired. He’s making $30 million annually. The NFL is “ruptured” because of this man’s poor phony management. This and the willy-nilly “do what you want” towards owners abandoning decades old fan bases has resulted in a catastrophe.” I applaud Jerry Jones….protest and you sit. Next fine ’em, next suspend ’em without pay. As a veteran who’s disabled the NFL can cancel the season for all I care. Let’s see how committed activists these these players are with only 5 game checks.

  39. Jerry Jones — DO THE RIGHT THING!

    When the choice is your hard-working players that have given their lives and livelihood for YOUR football team or Mr. Orange, aka 45, the choice is clear.

    One side would do anything for your team. They train year-round, play hurt, give you everything they have. The other side is simply using your team to create an even bigger divide in this great country and to gain favor with his base.

    Do the right thing, Jerry. All your money won’t change how history views you if you side with 45.

  40. If the comments on this board are a fair representation of football fans then the players have lost.

    Read the comments 1 or 2 reference why players took a knee in the 1st place…now it seems like players are taking a knee because they have been told to stand.

    In a word this is…Pathetic!

  41. Major success for the bloated cheeto in the White House.

    Point out a relatively benign act (shiny object) to work them into a lather and distract from the disaster his administration has been.

  42. When Jerry explains to them that NFL revenues are down nearly 30% from last year and, next year, the salary cap will drop accordingly. That the players will take a similar cut to their salaries, whether by being cut or renegotiation, they will fold like an old sheet. This entire thing is hitting the owners squarely in the pocket book. When the players think it will hit theirs also, game over for kneeling.
    Why does the NFL not give each protesting player a spot on the NFL Network to publicize their concerns? That would give them a worldwide platform to espouse their views on. It would be “must see” tv. Can you imagine half those players trying to manufcture a coherent statement on the fly?

  43. ipeefreelyagain says:
    October 11, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    FDT? I’m thinking Scandrick was nearly an UFA.
    _____________________________________________________

    You should think again. He is in his 10th year and has $30M in career earnings.

  44. I like Jerry Jones statement of him telling his employees if they kneel during the National Anthem…. they won’t play!

    I like and respect his patriotism.👏👏👏

    I really wish that he had said… if you kneel during the National Anthem I’ll fire you on the spot!🤗 That would be real leadership. He does have the legal authority to do that so it says in the players employment contract they signed.

  45. October 11, 2017 at 4:05 pm
    The economy lost 22,000 jobs last month, worst numbers in seven years. Instead of the promised four to six percent growth, we are on track for less than two percent for the year. Most Americans do not own stocks
    ——–

    They are actually blaming that on the hurricanes. This is the first time in recent memory they have changed the GDP estimation for the positive. I don’t like trump but at least if you are going to post facts let them be factual.

  46. rohinaz says:
    October 11, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Fdt? Yeah, who cares about decreased poverty 5trillion in economic growth, near record unemployment, record stock prices.
    —————————————————————————-
    Just like during the campaign Trump said the unemployment numbers were fake and way too low, then took credit for a good unemployment report 2 weeks in to taking office – saying the numbers were real now. The only way a conman can succeed is to find fools to buy what he’s selling.

  47. Like there is any chance at all he’d make Garrett bench Prescott or Eliot if they decided to kneel. Not a chance. ‘They’d have a meeting tomorrow about this’ and then the next day say ‘we had a productive meeting’ and nothing more would come of it.

    But the backup special teams guy – he’d be cut and forced to find his own way home.

  48. I suspect the team meeting with Jerry went something like this: “You’re employed by the Dallas Cowboys and I write the checks you cash every week. While I’m paying you, you’ll behave as I expect while on the job. Game day isn’t your personal political platform so please practice your activism on your own time.

    If you don’t like the policy, you can quit, which will give you plenty of time to practice your activism.”

    At least that’s what I would have said if I owned the Cowboys, or any other NFL team.

  49. I hope these players have the spine enough to call Jerry’s bluff and kneel Sunday! Especially the starters! What? he’s going to bench Dak?? Dez??? yeah RIGHT!!!

  50. If all players kneel then what? It means Jones have no one to play the game and lose it without even playing.

  51. Per a Dallas player – “That whole kneel before the anthem was trash”, and Jerry doesn’t empathize with the reason why players are protesting.

    So, Jerry conned his players. Figures!

  52. You people act like these guys can just be replaced by scab workers or something it’s hilarious. No they are millionaire football players that cannot be replaced easily.

    Most of them are already set for life so ask yourself what they’re willing to sell to keep playing. You think they’ll sell their souls?

  53. I am really curious to know where all of you that say players are having freedom of speech taken away from them work. I personally have never had a job where I could say and act however I chose without consequences. The players have freedom of speech when they are on there time. On the football field they are on the clock, working for a company. Besides all of that players are still not getting the point 80 plus percent of Americans dont even see ir hear what they are protesting due ti their chisen way of protesting. Also players need to realize that when they are protesting injustices they have to single out the individuals that create those injustices not an ENTIRE RACE OR JOB TITLE!!!!

    Thank you for reading

  54. It’s hard to take Jerry’s stance on this seriously because the only thing he has ever cared about is his bottom line. Dallas and Texas generally are conservative places, where the fans will likely not approve of the protesting, and that’s why Jerry’s against it. If it were somewhere liberal, he’d be singing a different tune. I understand many people are sincerely upset by the protests, and have spoken out against them out of a sense of national pride and respect. But Jerry Jones is not one of those people.

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