****UPDATE 12:00 PM EST****
On Sunday the owners of Cowboys Jerry Jones said that is any player disrespect the flag during the national anthem there will be consequences.
Jones is the first owner to announce disciplining a player who kneels during the anthem publicly. However, Jones did not report what action with be considered “disrespectful.”
Two Cowboys defensive linemen Damontre’ Moore and David Irving stood alongside their teammates during the National Anthem, however, at the end raised their fists.
“I don’t know about that. But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones said after the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.
“We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have.”
Jones addressed the media for 22 minutes after the game and took the last seven to discuss the anthem with the press. The owner’s comments about the anthem were issued when he was asked about Pence walking out of the 49ers vs. Colts game. Jones said:
“We cannot in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones said. “I know the vice president did leave, because in his opinion the teams were. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. Just so we’re clear.
“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. He’s got rights, too. He felt that not standing for the flag is disrespectful. I do, too. The league in my 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.”
Jerry Jones isn’t alone, the owner of the Miami Dolphins has made statements about his player’s behavior during the National Anthem.
Steve Ross and the head coach Adam Gave has implemented a rule that if players are on the field during the Anthem, they must stand. Players may stay in the tunnel until the conclusion of the Anthem and come out onto the field if they are unwilling to stand. Ross said:
Ross, who spoke about 90 minutes before the Dolphins’ 16-10 victory over Tennessee and the national anthem, said President Donald Trump had changed the focus of anthem conversation from social injustice issues to patriotism, so it’s better now for the players to stand.
“He’s changed that whole paradigm of what protest is,” Ross during his CommUnity Tailgate gathering at Hard Rock Stadium before Sunday’s home opener against Tennessee.
“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.”
The Miami Dolphins offensive line coach has resigned after a video was released for him snorting cocaine.
It appears that both policies were put in place before the Vice President walked out of the Colts game when some 49ers players knelt during the anthem.
Do you agree with the owners? Are they starting to “get” it? Or is it too little to late?