Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: Players Who Protest During Anthem Won't Play

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: Players Who Protest During Anthem Won't Play

'The league in mind should absolutely take the rules we've got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we're disrespecting the flag, ' Jones said.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the game the key to any two-minute drive is a positive play on the first snap, and that was accomplished with a back-shoulder throw to WR Davante Adams for a 14-yard gain.

Jones made the comments over the national anthem controversy Sunday night. All of the Cowboys were on their feet at Sunday's game, and Jones suggested he was unaware that two players raised their fists toward the end.

Green Bay's nine-play, 75-yard march for the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds left gave the Packers a 35-31 victory in Dallas and is the obvious choice for the Chevy Drive of the Week. Following the Cowboys' gesture, Trump said he spoke to Jones - who donated to Trump's campaign - and that the team will stand for the anthem going forward. "I'm very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys - I don't care what happens - under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag".

Jones and his Cowboys front office knelt with his players before the anthem last month following President Donald Trump's remarks that owners should fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem.

Dallas players, coaches and others, including Jones and his family, were among those in the line in Arizona. No longer does he feel the need to feign support for the social and political underpinnings of the Colin Kaepernick-inspired anthem protests going around the NFL.

Afterwards, Pence tweeted that he wouldn't "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag or our National Anthem". Jones then stood and linked arms with them during the anthem.

Jones does believe that the team has been sensitive to social issues. "There is a debate about standing for the flag, being disrespectful, so I am removing us from that debate" said Jones. 'We will not disrespect the flag'. "It's so important if that's what the country is looking at to look at it differently ..."

But three players did not join the team on the field during the anthem on Sunday.

Ross asserted that the issue previous year was raising awareness for equality and other subjects that did not involve patriotism.

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