Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced Sunday that any player on his team who “disrespects” the U.S. flag won’t play; this includes not standing for the National Anthem.
“If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said. “Understand? We will not … if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period.”
Jones relayed this after his Cowboys blew an 11 point lead and watched helplessly as the Green Bay Packers came back and defeated them–on Dallas’ own turf. So Jones was probably a little in his feelings anyway.
Last week, Jones and members of his family joined Cowboys players and staff on the field prior to the anthem in taking a knee.
During the anthem, the Jones family also stood arm-in-arm with the players.
This week, however, it was a different story.
But a couple of things may have changed his mind: for starters, earlier in the day Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence walked out on the San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts game after a number of players kneeled during the National Anthem. He later tweeted that he and Trump would not attend any event that, “disrespects soldiers, the flag or the anthem”.
Then Jones reportedly took a phone call from Trump, who has urged NFL owners to fire players who won’t stand for the anthem.
All of the Cowboys players stood for the anthem during the game. Two players, David Irving and Damontre Moore, quietly raised their fists at the conclusion of the anthem.
Will Jones follow through on his threat? I dunno, but next week’s Cowboys game just got more interesting.