Jerry Jones takes part in meeting with players about protest remarks

Jonathan Hernandez
October 13, 2017

Hip-hop artist Common responded to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Thursday after the football tycoon said Sunday if any of his players disrespect the flag, they would not be allowed to play.

Jones said his statements were created to play the bad guy and deflect attention away from the frustrated players, according to a report. According to ESPN, Jones told the players how protests could damage television ratings and sponsorship for a team estimated to be worth $5bn, factors that could end up affecting the players themselves.

Jones later clarified he meant kneeling or sitting during the anthem was what he considered disrespectful. A local labor union has filed a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board against the Cowboys saying Jones' threats prevent allowable, "concerted activity" at work. Photo via Wikimedia CommonsJones, whose Dallas Cowboys are 2-3, is in a pickle with his players and the president over how to behave before and during the national anthem.

"Understand? We will not ... if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play".

If these reported tweets are true, it's bad enough that Jones is mandating that Cowboys' players stand during the anthem, ignoring their First Amendment right to protest, but him ordering how they hold hands and their helmets and where they should be looking during the song is downright degrading.

"There's nothing that I've seen that shows the union that did file the [unfair labor practice] has any connection with the NFL Players Association, the NFL, or any particular player". On Sunday, Vice-President Mike Pence left Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis early after around half a dozen 49ers players knelt during the anthem. I do believe we're united on this. "And then, like I said, we can have the discussion amongst all the teams as far as that goes".

"Yesterday's meeting was about Jerry stating his position, and I think it was well received", the head coach said. "So I think the likelihood on the basis of that charge alone, that this gets much steam, is probably unlikely".

Hill, who last month rankled ESPN execs and others over a tweet where she called President Trump "a white supremacist", was suspended Monday for writing on Twitter that people should put pressure on the Cowboys by "not patronizing" the team's advertisers.

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