Jerry Jones said comments intended to take Cowboys out of anthem debate

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Everything Jerry Jones does and says is calculated, and so it was with his public edict requiring Cowboys players to stand for the national anthem. The Cowboys owner said his comments were intended to take his players out of the national anthem debate, removing any gray area about the team’s expectations.

“I want them to have the ammunition to tell anybody that asks them to do anything otherwise or demonstrate during that period of time, that ‘I don’t get to play if I do that,'” Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. “This is a workplace issue. I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding as to where I want the personnel of the Cowboys to be when we’re at the No. 1 workplace we have, which is the field and the sideline on gameday. I want to do everybody a service, as I should in leading the team, and let’s be really clear about what our expectations are.”

The Cowboys are one of only six teams not to have had a player sit, kneel or raise a fist during the Star Spangled Banner over the past two years, according to the Dallas Morning News. Jones said it’s in the best interest of the Cowboys that it remains that way.

He reiterated what he said after Sunday’s loss to the Packers: Cowboys players are expected to stand for the national anthem, and any player who “disrespects the flag” won’t play.

“If you do not honor and stand for the flag in the way that a lot of our fans feel that you should,” Jones said, “if that’s not the case, then you won’t play. That’s nothing new as far as that being my wish or the way I want the Cowboys. As to whether or not I will basically institute or do what I said I would just say . . . I would ask anybody to look at my record relative to what I say I’m going to do, and go from there.”

Defensive linemen Damontre Moore and David Irving raised their fists at the end of the anthem Sunday, but coach Jason Garrett said Monday the Cowboys would not discipline the players for a symbolic act after the anthem.

25 responses to “Jerry Jones said comments intended to take Cowboys out of anthem debate

  1. Cowboys have high standard for their players to abide by and you use to respect that. I mean Greg Hardy was supposed to be a captain according to Jones

  2. If he would just stay as a business owner and resign as GM, the Cowboys would be better off. Jerry, you haven’t won a Super Bowl since Jimmy left (let’s not count Switzer who won with Jimmy’s players).

  3. For the most part I think Jerry is a Buffoon.

    Today I applauded Jerry, for what he says and does in this situation. More owners should follow his lead.

  4. matt2calvin says:
    October 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    Hey Rog… THAT is what leadership looks like.

    So he took the Cowboys ‘out of the debate’ by placing them squarely in the center of the side most popular with his customers? That’s leader$hip alright lol.

  5. Good for Jerry Jones, HOF Contributor, in the NFL! It’s about time someone in the NFL showed the guts to tell it like it is!! Don’t think for one minute that he is not thinking of the majority of the fans, who are opposed to this stunt. For those who wish Dak or Dez would kneel, don’t hold your breath. Weeks ago, Dak stated he WOULD stand. Dez was getting bombarded by players who wanted him to protest, until he finally had to tweet he would STAND for the anthem & country who had allowed him to get the life he had! Other teams have followed their lead, since the week of showing solidarity by kneeling before the anthem, then standing for it. The illustrious “Commish” could have nipped this in the bud a long time ago, but had to be so PC, so now he can call all the meetings he wants only because most games’ viewerships are down, polls, etc. and he is worried about the $$$. Protest on your own time, not at your place of employment….

  6. So let me get this straight Jerry. You put the Cowboys squarely in the middle of the conversation almost by youself……to get yourself out of it?

    Interesting take.

  7. Move the discussion away from this pointless nonsense concerning patriotism. Let’s talk about how to end racism and intolerance. Bottom line. If you don’t see that the discussion needs to move in that direction, and you choose to buy in to this anthem mess, then you also are part of the larger problem. Might I suggest watching that old Travolta movie, “White Man’s Burden”. Interesting social parity for those with an open mind. The rest of y’all keep perpetuating rhetoric that will accomplish nothing and divide us even more.

  8. Jerry is no fool….at least when it comes to dollars. He knows that alienating the majority of people who actually pay for NFL tickets and gear is a losing formula. If only Goodell had this much sense.

  9. And he succeeded. Everyone will watch to see if a Cowboy sits, and when they don’t they won’t ask why. Everyone now knows why. He took any and all pressure off the players by making this statement.

    Now no one can blame the players for not taking a knee, they can just blame “big bad Jerry” for not being able to. It’s a brilliant move.

  10. Jerry is the kind of leadership the NFL really needs…..He would make a great
    commissioner instead of the current person in that position

    And I am not Jerry Jones fan but he does understand business and the NFL is a business

  11. I hope the whole damn game-day roster kneels and raises their fists, forcing Jones to either back down or default.

  12. “Michael E says:
    October 10, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    Don’t sweat it Jerry. Even most non Cowboys fans support you.”
    No, most non-Cowboys fans do not! That’s a delusional crock!

  13. So none of Jerry’s employees have sat or knelt since this anthem debate began, and his idea to remove the Cowboys from the debate is to threaten his employees.

    Hmm, what should we call this…

  14. I’d love to see Dak kneel just to show the world that Jones is full of #2. He’s not benching a star player under any circumstances. Maybe he ought to focus on winning a football game right now. E A G L E S Eagles!

  15. So Jerrah tucked his tail in and went back to being anonymously angry about players doing this because he knows very well there is nothing else he can do about it like the coward he is. Interesting.

  16. Hell yes! Finally a owner that will stand up for what is right. If the players openly hate ALL cops, that’s fine by me, just don’t show your hate to me. I for one, like having the cops around protecting my family and possessions. And I’m sure that is the first people these low life players would call if someone was trying to hurt a family member or rob there freaking mansions. Get over it you spoiled freaking brats! All ANYONE (black, white, yellow, or green) has to do is show the cop some respect, and you’ll be fine. Being stupid gets you shot. Doesn’t Matter who, or what color your skin is!!!

  17. What a joke. The Cowboys and Jerry Jones have high standards??? Anyone remember Jones telling us what a great leader Greg Hardy was? Or that Rolando McClain would flourish under the watchful umbrella of the Cowboys? Please don’t make me laugh. Lets throw this out there for thought. If Dak and Zeke kneel next game, think old Jerrah will make them inactive? Yeah right.

  18. Mr. Jones better be careful with what he says. If some of his players decide to take it easy on the field, they might not win another game this year.

  19. tootitan says:
    October 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    I hope the whole damn game-day roster kneels and raises their fists, forcing Jones to either back down or default.
    Me, too. What an idiot.

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