Trump commends Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones for warning players

Jerry Jones says he will bench players who disrespect the flag

Jones stated over the weekend that any Cowboys players who don't stand for the national anthem wouldn't play on the team.

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play", Jones said, ESPN reported.

Last year, an item of fake news (the real kind) emerged regarding the anthem controversy, claiming that specific owners had told told players "this is MY stage" and instructing them to stand for the anthem.

"Again, I believe our team believes in the approach that we take in regards to the anthem and showing respect for the flag and for the national anthem prior to the game", Garrett said.

All of the Cowboys were on their feet at Sunday's game, and Jones suggested he was unaware that two players raised their fists toward the end. And my understanding of what both of those guys did based on the conversations I had with them was that occurred after the anthem.

Jones clarified Monday night that not standing at attention during the anthem is what he considers disrespectful and unacceptable. "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the courageous".

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Pakistan were forced to play at the neutral venue following a deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009. They themselves were playing the first series since the retirements of Misbah and Younis Khan.

Asked whether the Cowboys' owner's mandate puts him in an uncomfortable position, Garrett said: "You can ask Mr. Jones those questions".

Pence tweeted that he left the game because he and President Donald Trump will "not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem". Jones said Trump said the entire issue could have been avoided if the NFL enforced a rule stating players must stand for the national anthem; however, that requirement is not included in the NFL's game operations manual. Earlier in the day, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who in the past has vocally supported his players' right to protest, said (via the Miami Herald), "I think it's incumbent upon players today if that's how the public is looking at it, is to stand and salute the flag".

"Trump has made [standing for the anthem] about patriotism", Ross added. I know the vice president did leave because in his opinion, the teams were.

Meanwhile, the president also fired a completely different shot across the NFL's bow by tweeting out a threat to take away the special tax breaks the league gets all across the country. And of course, the Cowboys stood for the actual playing of the national anthem. It's a different dialogue.

"I don't know about that. They don't think it's disrespecting the flag".

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