NAACP Slams Jerry Jones 'Tone-Deaf and Unconstitutional'

Ross Houston
October 11, 2017

Earlier Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game in protest after about a dozen San Francisco players kneeled during the anthem. I don't want to cause no attention to nobody else and bring unwanted attention, but on the same token, you know, there's certain things that people are doing it for.

"A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag", President Donald Trump tweeted. "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear".

Following other teams protesting the national anthem, Trump reportedly called Jones and repeatedly implored him to prevent the Cowboys from kneeling. All of them stood during the anthem, with arms still locked.

These statements from Jones come the month after he joined his team in taking a knee during the national anthem prior to the Cowboys playing against the Arizona Cardinals last week. Rather, the league's game operations manual suggests players "should" stand while "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played, according to the Kansas City Star's Pete Grathoff.

In an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, Jones made his stance on the matter clear. "I think it's real important for our players that they have that to reply to anybody whether they're asking them to express themselves or not that the way we do it where I work, where I earn my livelihood is that we stand for the flag". It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. "As to whether or not I will basically institute or do what I said I would just say.I would ask anybody to look at my record relative to what I say I'm going to do, and go from there".

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