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Jerry Jones: Cowboys Will Stand For Anthem Or Not Play

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that any of his players who disrespect the flag won't be allowed to play.

"I know this, we cannot ... in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag," Jones said after his team's Oct. 8 game against the Green Bay Packers, reports the Daily Mail.

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. Understand? We will not ... if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period."

Jones' comments came after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the Oct. 8 game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, after more than 20 of the 49ers knelt during the national anthem.

"We as a team are very much on the page together," Jones said, reports ESPN. "We made our expression. 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. Period."

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He added: "If it comes between the impression or the perception that we're not standing together, supporting each other or the perception that we're disrespecting the flag, the perception that we're not together will be secondary to not respecting the flag. Respecting the flag is first."

Ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protested racial injustice and refused to stand during the traditional playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 2016, NFL players have increasingly followed suit.

The protest movement gained momentum following President Donald Trump's comments at a campaign rally in Alabama on Sept. 22, when he called for NFL owners to fire players who knelt during the national anthem before games to protest racial injustice and police violence.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b***h off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired,'" Trump said, as quoted by The Washington Post.

The Cowboys are only one of six teams that haven't had a player protest during the anthem, notes the Dallas News.

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At the Cowboys' Sept. 25 game with the Arizona Cardinals, Jones figured out a way for his team to show solidarity with protesting players on other teams, while still pleasing Trump and fans who oppose the protests.

Prior to the playing of the anthem, Jones joined his team's players, coaches and staff on the field in taking a knee and locking arms. However, he and his entire team stood at attention while the anthem was being played.

Trump tweeted his approval, saying that "while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country!"

The following day, he tweeted: "Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!"

Sure enough, the Cowboys once again stood during the anthem before the Oct. 8 game against the Packers.

Sources: Daily Mail, ESPN, Dallas News (2), The Washington Post / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Keith Allison/Flickr, Bigcats lair/Wikimedia Commons

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