Will Jerry Jones be fined for breaking anthem gag order?

AP

Earlier this week, Bengals owner Mike Brown made it clear that the league office has told the teams not to talk about the ongoing effort to fix the anthem policy. On Wednesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talked about the ongoing effort to fix the anthem policy, saying among other things that his team won’t honor the anthem policy on the books, because his players won’t take advantage of their opportunity to remain in the locker room for the playing of the song.

And so the broader question becomes this: If there truly is a gag order regarding the anthem policy, will the league office punish Jones for violating it? Asked whether there’s a prohibition against talking about the anthem policy and, if so, whether Jones will be fined, the league office declined to comment.

Nine years ago, the NFL fined Jones $100,000 for talking about Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, after saying this: “Right now, we are subsidizing [the Minnesota] market. It’s unthinkable to think that you’ve got the market you — got here 3 1/2 million people — and have teams like Kansas City and Green Bay subsidizing the market. That will stop. That’s going to stop.That’s on its way out.”

Earlier this year, the NFL forced Jones to reimburse the league more than $2 million for legal fees incurred in response to a threat to sue over a proposed contract extension for the Commissioner.

Here’s a guess: The league won’t do anything, because to fine Jones is to invite a tweet from the Commander-in-Chief chastising the league for attacking Jones for trying to ensure that his employees show proper respect for the flag. If the guess is wrong, maybe it means the league is inching toward a position of no longer caring about the comments of the President.

25 responses to “Will Jerry Jones be fined for breaking anthem gag order?

  1. Jones and Trump are so alike: Neither has the self control to keep their mouths shut when they should.

  2. It’s worth the fine. Some things in life worth paying the price. If players don’t like their employer’s rule they could quit and flip burgers

  3. It’s interesting. One franchise (Cowboys) is run like a dictatorship and is steadily floundering while another (Eagles) is run like a democracy that cares about its citizens/employees and is at the top of the mountain.

    Perhaps employers everywhere should take note.

  4. mackcarrington says:

    Jones and Trump are so alike: Neither has the self control to keep their mouths shut when they should.
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    They days when liberals believed in free speech for all is long gone.

  5. omeletpants says:
    July 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    It’s worth the fine. Some things in life worth paying the price. If players don’t like their employer’s rule they could quit and flip burgers
    _____________________
    DEFLECTION

  6. biggstuff says:
    July 26, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    It’s interesting. One franchise (Cowboys) is run like a dictatorship and is steadily floundering while another (Eagles) is run like a democracy that cares about its citizens/employees and is at the top of the mountain.
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    Congrats on that lonely Super Bowl win. You’ve still got 4 more to go before you’re on the Cowboys level.
    Perhaps employers everywhere should take note.

  7. mrbiggstuff says:

    It’s interesting. One franchise (Cowboys) is run like a dictatorship and is steadily floundering while another (Eagles) is run like a democracy that cares about its citizens/employees and is at the top of the mountain.
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    You have lost perspective completely. The NFL is a business. You believe the Eagles are on top because they won a SB.. LOL!!!! The Cowboys are the most valuable sports franchise in the world… In the world. Jerry is winning! How did they get there???

    Thanks for making me say that – I can’t stand the Cowboys.

  8. Eagles are champs, it’s all rules-filled politics anymore….starting to hate pro football

  9. Gee, I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep worrying about weather Jerrah will get a fine or not that he could pay a million times over….. woe is me!!!

  10. castropigsocks says:
    July 26, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Jones is a fool that got lucky in the oil business & hiring Jimmy Johnson.

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    I guess this means that Bob Craft “got lucky” when he hired Belichick, or the Rooneys “got lucky” when they hired Chuck Noll. The Packers and Cowboys also “got lucky” when they each hired the assistant coaches from a talented NY Giants staff back in 1959 named Lombardi and Landry. That Debartolo guy sure “got lucky” when he hired Bill Walsh when Paul Brown of all people passed on him in 1979. If this is the definition of luck then we should all be so “lucky”.

  11. It’s never hard to root against the Cowboys, but Jerry seems hellbent on making it easier all the time.

  12. If Kerry Jones did his homework he’d know standing or participating period, in the National Anthem was/is mandated
    Thus
    Kaepernick & anyone else penalized by any measure have been violated

    Jones is doing the very thing he’s complaining about the President
    He’s imposing his will upon his players

    Mind you, the National Anthem has never been law nor has it been implemented or in any players contract
    Soooooo
    Comments about employees seeking other work if they don’t agree with employers are absurd & unfair.
    Owners need to honor the law & not force players to agree to something that’s not in their contracts when they signed

    We won’t players to honor their respective contracts right?
    Then so should owners

  13. So if Jones wants to fine and/or penalize his players, he should be fined as a fair example for breaking the clause/gag order put in place by the league
    After all he’s not above the law either
    DC4L 53+YRS &
    Honorably Discharged Disabled American US Air Force Veteran

  14. Jerry is the only one “leading” on this issue. He made a team rule and is simply saying he expects his team to follow it. All the NFL hedging is just making the whole thing worse. Make a simple rule. You stand. And stop worrying about it. If players choose to defy the rule during the season, then you circle round and deal with it. months and months of negotiations simply keeps the issue alive.

  15. dcpatfan says:
    July 26, 2018 at 9:05 pm
    omeletpants says:
    July 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    It’s worth the fine. Some things in life worth paying the price. If players don’t like their employer’s rule they could quit and flip burgers
    _____________________
    DEFLECTION

    allcaps doesn’t make you right, just expectedly louder than appropriate.

  16. .
    Yeah goes both ways.
    It’s worth the fine. Some things in life worth paying the price. If less than half of Americans want to change this from an injustice thing to something it isn’t they can keep crying and “watch hockey” instead

    omeletpants says:
    July 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    It’s worth the fine. Some things in life worth paying the price. If players don’t like their employer’s rule they could quit and flip burgers

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