Jerry Jones Playing Role Of Bad Guy With Anthem Stance

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Jerry Jones is free to bench his players if, in his mind, they "disrespect the flag" during the national anthem, according to legal experts.

Jones also broached the business side of the argument with his team, explaining the importance of keeping the Cowboys' sponsors satisfied and TV ratings trending upward, according to ESPN. That's because the Cowboys owner, apparently under pressure from Trump, said that any Cowboys player who disrespects the flag won't play for the team.

Rapoport said the meeting was held to "air out frustrations" and added that, while the coaching staff listened to the players' concerns, they were "essentially told to ask [Jones]".

Jones said his statements were created to play the bad guy and deflect attention away from the frustrated players, according to a report.

"I know this, we cannot.in the National Football League in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag", Jones told reporters Sunday after the Cowboys loss to the Green Bay Packers.

According to Jones, players can not succumb to peer pressure and "need consequences".

In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood on the sideline as normal.

"There is a debate about standing for the flag, being disrespectful, so I am removing us from that debate", he said.

Don't expect to see any Cowboys players kneeling during the national anthem anymore.

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Jones reiterated the stance on numerous occasions since.

Local 100 announced its complaint on Facebook, writing that the union aims "to stop owner, Jerry Jones, from threatening players with benching or termination for exercising their right to concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act".

By the time the locker room opened to the media on Wednesday, a good portion of the players had headed to their cars.

The Cowboys have a bye week and will not play until next Sunday. Those who did speak were tight-lipped. He said there have been numerous conference calls with the players' association regarding the situation.

"My first responsibility is to listen and provide that forum for them and then relay it to the people I talk to". "He wanted to make sure they knew that".

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick didn't say much to reporters after Jones' speech, but his feelings about the message from his President Trump-supporting owner rang out loud and clear.

"Yesterday's meeting was about Jerry stating his position, and I think it was well received", the head coach said. "We come in every day to work and our focus is on practice and trying to win ballgames. I think our team's done a really good job on that".

Jones, who donated $1 million to Trump's inauguration fund, drew praise from the embattled president late on Monday.

"I was listening to my music", Scandrick said.

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