The owner of the Dallas Cowboys is not too happy with the recent protests from NFL players.
According to the New York Daily News, Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones stated he will bench players if they ever protest during the national anthem. He said specifically if any players disrespect the flag, they will not be allowed to play.
“If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag and I’m going to create the perception of it.”
The NFL team did not budge on Sunday night and each stood with their right hand over their heart. Two Cowboys players, Defensive ends Damontre Moore and David Irving raised their fists at the end of the Star Spangled Banner.
Moore expressed his beliefs during the Star Spangled Banner throughout the football season. However, Jones did not acknowledge Moore and Irving’s message during a press conference. He did speak about Vice President Pence’s actions during the Indianapolis Colt’s game as many players of the San Francisco 49s took a knee during the anthem.
“The league in my mind should absolutely take the rules we have on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag.”
Recently, Jones spoke with President Trump who quotes the NFL handbook which requires members of the league to stand up during the National Anthem. Jones and his team previously locked arms together and took a knee before the National Anthem on September 25th during their game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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Take a look at other NFL players who took a stand during the National Anthem: