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Jerry Jones says Cowboys players who disrespect the flag will not play

Jerry Jones says Cowboys players who disrespect the flag will not play

Jones explained his controversial stance by constantly referring to the field as the Cowboys' workplace, saying that as the team's owner, he can institute policies as he sees fit. "No exceptions, he said, there are no exceptions".

Jones said he wasn't aware of whether any of his players had raised a fist at the end of the anthem before the Green Bay game. Failing to act in a certain way could lead to fines, suspensions or even a team losing draft picks.

The NFL has said that the game operations passage is policy and not a rule and that it doesn't plan to punish players over anthem protests.

Jones was responding Sunday night to questions about Vice President Mike Pence's decision to leave an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who kneeled during the anthem.

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"I know this, we cannot.in the National Football League in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag", he said following the Cowboys' 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. "I'm very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys - I don't care what happens - under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag".

On September 25, in the wake of Trump's comments and widespread protest around the NFL, Jones and the Cowboys linked arms and knelt before the anthem, but stood during the anthem. "We will not disrespect the flag".

"I look forward to the day when everyone in management can unite and truly embrace and articulate what the flag stands for, liberty and justice for all, instead of some of them just talking about standing", Smith said, per the Associated Press' Schuyler Dixon (via the Washington Post). "It's not in the best interest of the Cowboys whether it's right or wrong to imply that we don't respect the flag". And so I'm not going to have a situation with the flag where there is a debate about whether we're respecting that or not.