Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cowboys' Jerry Jones reignites protest conversation

Cowboys' Jerry Jones reignites protest conversation

Jerry Jones-the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, the inventor of the bullshit but diabolically ingenious national anthem protest rebranding scheme, and the odds-on favorite to portray Dobby the House Elf's great-grandfather in any future Harry Potter sequels-is done pretending.

Jones made the comments over the national anthem controversy Sunday night. In a statement, Pence said he will not dignify an event that disrespects the military and the US.

Jones told Mortensen that President Donald Trump's continued focus on the protests during the anthem reminded him of a section in the NFL's operations manual regarding the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Dallas players, coaches and others, including Jones and his family, were among those in the line in Arizona.

Two weeks ago he locked arms and knelt with his players before the national anthem, then stood with them as it played.

On Sept. 25, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones (center), took a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz.

'I don't know about that, ' said Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

"... If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play", Jones said Sunday night, according to The Dallas Morning News.

"We can not in anyway give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag", he said, according to the Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Following the Cowboys' gesture, Trump said he spoke to Jones - who donated to Trump's campaign - and that the team will stand for the anthem going forward. Many other players who have since knelt have said the protest is not meant to disrespect the military but to raise awareness for social injustice.

"I'm saying our vice president, if in his opinion, there's disrespect of the flag then he should express himself however he wants to say".

'The league in mind should absolutely take the rules we've got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we're disrespecting the flag, ' Jones said. It's so important if that's what the country is looking at to look at [the protest] differently'.

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