Over the past few weeks, hundreds of NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem before their games to protest against racial inequality and Donald Trump. Since then, NFL ratings have plummeted as patriots have made it clear that they don’t like seeing their flag disrespected in this manner.
Now, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has gone into panic mode and sent an ultimatum to players on his team that still kneel for the anthem.
Daily Mail reported that Jones said that any players who “disrespect” the flag won’t be allowed to play. He said this after he was asked a question about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis after about a dozen San Francisco players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner.
“I know this, we cannot…in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” said Jones, who is also the Cowboy’s general manager. “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. So we’re clear.”
He was then asked if any of his players had raised a fist at the end of the anthem before the Green Bay game.
“I don’t know about that,” said Jones. “But if there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”
“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,” Jones continued. “We will not disrespect the flag.”
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