Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys who don't stand for anthem won't play

Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys who don't stand for anthem won't play

Players had been told to bring their concerns about Jones' comments to the meeting. On Sunday, Vice-President Mike Pence left Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis early after around half a dozen 49ers players knelt during the anthem.

Local 100 of the United Labor Unions filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board in Fort Worth on Tuesday, saying that Jones has violated the National Labor Relations Act with his threats.

In a players and coaches meeting Wednesday, the Cowboys decided the actions they took in Week 3 were appropriate.

Very few of the players wanted to talk about it, but team captain Dan Bailey, who is also the union rep for the NFLPA and the Cowboys, did say that there's been a lot of discussion among the reps and the NFLPA.

"A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag", Trump tweeted.

For starters, Jones said that President Donald Trump, who certainly has more important things to concern himself with, reminded him of the NFL Game Operations Manual, which explains how players should behave during the anthem and failure to do so could result in fines, suspensions and even lost draft picks.

"We can not in anyway give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag", Jones said, according to the Morning News. Players kneeled before the anthem with arms linked then stood while "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick, a captain, said "no comment", seven different times to questions about Jones' recent statements and the anthem controversy. He said there have been numerous conference calls with the players' association regarding the situation.

On Tuesday, Trump said on Twitter that federal tax laws should be changed to punish teams that do not punish players for such protests.

He added, " if somebody says, 'I'm kneeling for what I believe in, ' ... then they should be able to do that because that's what this country is about". "So it didn't really affect me but hopefully it didn't affect anybody else on the team".

As the media entered the locker room on Wednesday, a song by YG and Nipsey Hussle came through Scandrick's wireless speakers.

"Again, I don't want to get into the specifics of what the meeting was all about, " Garrett said.

NFL players who have demonstrated during the national anthem have said they are not disrespecting the flag, military or the anthem itself.

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