Cowboys players won't test Jerry Jones' anthem policy, report says

Union files complaint against Jerry Jones

Jones has said players will not play, not that they would be fired if they don't stand for the anthem, but Wade Rathke, Local 100s chief organizer, said that is a "distinction without difference when it comes to the law".

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.

Jones also said he would speak to players one-on-one if they wanted to talk.

"The policy and my actions are going to be that if you're not honoring, standing for the flag in a way that a lot of our fans feel that you should, if that's not the case, then you won't play", Jones said, noting that his stance is "nothing new".

The Dallas Cowboys owner indicated after a 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday that anyone from his team who participated in such a demonstration would not be allowed to play.

Individual Cowboys players have yet to kneel during the anthem, although two have held up their arm and fist at the end of the song.

"We're going to respect the flag, and I'm going to create the perception of it, ".

So the saga of the protesting players continues, and yes, it's ok to watch the opening of National Football League games to see if players protest. Why is he on his knee if a knee should take you out of the game? Because the Cowboys are on their bye, there are no post-practice meetings. The president has tweeted several times since then to keep the issue in play, and said Pence's walkout was at his request. I've got my values and my things that I think about. Yesterday's (Wednesday's) meeting was about Jerry stating his position and I think it was well received.

"And I think it's incumbent upon the players today, because of how the public is looking at it, to really stand and really salute the flag".

When reporters walked into the Cowboys' locker room Wednesday afternoon - 30 minutes after it was supposed to open - YG and Nipsey Hussle's FDT blared from a portable speaker.

It's flippant to say that any given individual "should" put their livelihood on the line by defying the owner's orders, however coercive and gross and morally bankrupt said orders might be.

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