Cowboys players won't test Jerry Jones' anthem policy, report says

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Rev. Al Sharpton explains why Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' decision to make players stand for the national anthem "smacks of a plantation mentality".

Jones offered players the opportunity to discuss the situation with him directly.

But more than that, Jones told his players in their Wednesday meeting that his stance on the anthem is because he wants to play the bad guy and deflect attention from the rest of the team, reports ESPN.com's Todd Archer.

Last NFL season, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the pre-game National Anthem.

"The Local 100 chapter of the United Labor Unions filed a complaint against Jones on Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board, according to a post on their Facebook page".

The gesture was in response to President Donald Trump's comments that NFL owners should fire players who disrespect the flag by not standing during the national anthem. "But if there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK?" The team and the National Football League declined comment on the filing. Prior to the playing of the anthem at that contest, players stood arm in arm with Jones, other front-office executives, coaches and staff and took a knee.




He added, " if somebody says, 'I'm kneeling for what I believe in, ' ... then they should be able to do that because that's what this country is about".

"Yesterday's meeting was about Jerry stating his position, and I think it was well received", the head coach said. "I think our team's done a really good job on that".

As the media entered the locker room on Wednesday, a song by YG and Nipsey Hussle came through Scandrick's wireless speakers. Jones donated a large sum to Trump's presidential campaign previous year and has been in contact with him since the protests spread in Week 3.

"I was listening to my music".

"The word that comes to mind, and I don't care who doesn't like me using it, is "plantation", he said. This union was offended by those comments. "The message, it will be out".

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