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Jones Wanting Players To Stand For National Anthem "To Remove Debate"

13 October 2017

Jerry Jones-the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, the inventor of the bullshit but diabolically ingenious national anthem protest rebranding scheme, and the odds-on favorite to portray Dobby the House Elf's great-grandfather in any future Harry Potter sequels-is done pretending.

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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. Jones then stood and linked arms with them during the anthem.

Kneeling during the anthem was a protest started last season by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness about police brutality and social injustice.

Jones, who donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural fund, took part in what appeared to be an anti-Trump demonstration before a game on September 25 (though the announcer said it was about "unity", and it's become unclear what teams and individuals are trying to convey). Both are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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The only player who got to 2,000 faster than those two is Eric Dickerson, who needed just 18 games to get there. Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won't play.

Jones does believe that the team has been sensitive to social issues.

'There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you're disrespecting the flag, we will be non-supportive of each other, ' Jones said.

"Our vice president, if in his opinion, there's disrespect of the flag then he should express himself however he wants to say".

Trump attacked NFL players who kneel during the national anthem at a rally in Alabama last month, calling on team owners to fire players for kneeling and referring to those players as "sons of bitches".

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The NFL has said the game operations manual distributed to teams includes a reference to players standing for the anthem, but that it's a policy and not a rule.

Now one owner - who happens to be friends with Trump - has publicly declared that his team's players are banned from protesting during the anthem.

'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. Trump on Sunday said that he told Pence to leave early if any players knelt.

"We made our expression", Jones said on Sunday.

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Jones Wanting Players To Stand For National Anthem