Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers that any Cowboy who “disrespects the flag” will not play.
Said Jones: “If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag and I’m going to create the perception of it. …
“I know this. We cannot in the NFL, in any way, give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. We cannot do that. 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.”
Jerry Jones said if any of his players disrespect the flag they will sit.
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) October 9, 2017
Once again, every player on the Cowboys stood for the national anthem before the Cowboys-Packers game. The Cowboys haven’t had a player kneel or sit in protest. Defensive linemen David Irving and Damontre Moore raised their fist at the anthem’s conclusion. Moore did so last week as well; Irving was active for the first time this season after serving a four-game PED suspension.
When asked about the two Cowboys raising their fists, Jones said, “Yeah, I don’t know about that, but if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play. You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period. Period. We’re going to respect the flag. And we have. I’m not aware, and wouldn’t know what you’re talking about. I’m not aware of that. If you say you saw it, you saw it. But we as a team are very much on the page together. We’ve made our expression that we’re together. I’m very supportive of the team but under no circumstances–under no circumstances–will the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t care what happens, under no circumstances as an organization or as coaches and players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag. Period.”
More from Jones:
Question: Are you saying it was okay for (Pence) to walk out of the game?
“I’m saying that our vice president of the United States, if in his opinion there is disrespect of the flag, then he basically should — if in his opinion, express himself however he wants to say. He’s got rights, too, and so however he wants to do it. He felt that not standing for the flag is disrespectful — I do, too. The league in my mind should absolutely take the rules we have on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag.
“The whole deal is political and has been incited by politics. But let me be real, real clear: The thing that the National Football league needs to do and the Dallas Cowboys are going to do is stand for the flag. We’re going to do that. We’ve kneeled in support of each other before the national anthem, and we’ve stood for the national anthem. We’ve always done that. And there is no equivocation here. We’ll stand for the flag.”
Question: Have you gotten backlash from season ticket holders or sponsors for kneeling?
“Yeah, and not meaningfully but the main thing I want to do is make it real clear. There is no room here. If it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you’re disrespecting the flag, we will be non-supportive of each other. We will not disrespect the flag.”
On his talks with players:
“I haven’t given any and don’t have communication publicly about what I’m doing with the players. But I have a long record of supporting Dallas Cowboy players and so that has been multifaceted for almost 30 years. So I will continue to support our players. What I will not support is not standing for the flag.”