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Jerry Jones threatens to bench players who don't stand for anthem

Jerry Jones threatens to bench players who don't stand for anthem”

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has given his players an ultimatum regarding the national anthem.

He said players "need consequences" to stand up to peer pressure, and that "it's in the best interests of the Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League and the players" to honor the flag.

Jones clarified Monday night that not standing at attention during the anthem is what he considers disrespectful and unacceptable. "We look forward to continuing our talks with them on this very issue".

Jones' comments occurred in response to Vice President Mike Pence abruptly leaving the Sunday game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco after more than 20 49ers knelt during the national anthem.

Matthew Mitten, executive director at the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University, told NBC News it was hard to tell precisely what action Jones was suggesting, but any move would have to adhere to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. "Period", Jones said after the Cowboys' 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Texas.

"If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play". Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won't play.

We can not in the National Football League, in any way, give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. The team stood and locked arms during the Star Spangled Banner.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement early last season when he sat on the bench, and later kneeled, during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of black males.

The league has said it does not plan to punish players over anthem protests.

After Trump's criticism, the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to stay off the field before the anthem.

But Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, an offensive lineman, stood at the edge of a tunnel with his teammates in darkness behind him during the anthem two weeks ago.

"He's the owner. Either you listen or you don't", Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis said Monday.

Despite this change of heart, Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas, and Michael Thomas did not appear on the sideline during the anthem. All three have kneeled in the past. "It was a team decision. They've heard the cry of the players".

"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".

Jones denied knowledge of their protest when he made his comments. Jones stated that taking a knee during the anthem is showing "disrespect" for the flag in his opinion.

"Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality", Jones said at a news conference after that game.

It follows a feud between United States president Donald Trump and players who have staged the so-called "taking a knee" protest during the national anthem.



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