Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his players will stand for the national anthem when the upcoming NFL season starts but wants President Donald Trump to stop talking about the issue, ESPN reports.
“His interest in what we’re doing is problematic, from my chair, and I would say, in general, the owners’ chair,” Jones said Wednesday at a news conference. “It’s unprecedented if you really think about it. We feel strongly about how we deal with it and we’ll do so accordingly, but, yes, I, like everybody, would like for it to go away.”
“Our policy is that you stand at the anthem, toe on the line,” he said, per ESPN. “But as far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, you know where I stand. Our team knows where I stand on the issue, and that’s where we are.”
Earlier this month, the league and the NFL Players Association announced that the policy wouldn’t be implemented until a resolution is agreed upon.
“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the statement read.
Some social media users were quick to call out Jones for forcing his players to stand during the anthem, while others were in support of the owner’s decision.
I was raised in Texas. I have always loved football. I have been a lifelong Cowboys fan.
And I will never again watch a Cowboys game so long as Jerry Jones' racist, white-supremacist-pandering ass is the owner of the team.
His conduct is hateful, cowardly, and embarrassing.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) July 25, 2018
Wasn't a Cowboys fan, but now I am!
— Amber Smith (@AmberSmithUSA) July 25, 2018
The @NFL gives players the option to stay in the locker room for the national anthem. Jerry Jones says hell no. “Toe on the line.” Any players have the guts to stand up to him? Just another reason for me to hate the Dallas Cowboys.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 25, 2018
All these white supremacy supporters like Jerry Jones and others can put together all types of policies & punishments against Black NFL players who protest racial police killers. But no one can seem to put together policies & punishments against POLICE who commit racial killings
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) July 25, 2018
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