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

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Jones was responding to a question about Vice-President Mike Pence's pricy stunt, in which he attended Sunday's Colts and 49ers game just so he could walk out when players took a knee.

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. "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 the rest of the team knelt arm-in-arm before the national anthem before a game against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago, days after President Trump reignited the anthem-protest controversy. Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won't play. The league has said it doesn't plan to punish players over anthem protests. "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the courageous".

Jones said Sunday night that Cowboys players wouldn't be allowed to play if they are "disrespectful to the flag", echoing a White House talking point.

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"I'm saying our vice president, if in his opinion, there's disrespect of the flag then he should express himself however he wants to say". "We will not. if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play". Now he can say exactly what he really thinks, which is that any of his players caught acting against injustice during the national anthem in a way that violates Jones's delicate sensibilities will not play for the Cowboys.

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Jones said he spoke with Trump after that demonstration and "He shared with me that there'd been a rule on the books in our game operations ... that's been there for years ..."

Miami Dolphins players were forced by the team owner to stand before Sunday's game when a military band played the national anthem. "It's so important if that's what the country is looking at to look at it differently ..."

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