NFL Planned to Let Players Stay in Locker Room for Anthem — But One Team Will Have Every ‘Toe on the Line’

Despite the NFL’s consideration of allowing players to stay in the locker room during the national anthem, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones firmly said his players will be required to stand during the anthem.

“Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones said in a press conference, according to The Hill.

The NFL’s new policy, which is currently on hold, would require players to stand while on the field or would allow them to stay in the locker room during the national anthem.

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A week after the NFL’s pause on the policy, Jones said his team will have none of it:

As IJR reported, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in May that he wanted players to respect the national anthem and stand.

“We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion,” he said. “That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”

On July 20, the NFL and the NFL Players Association released a joint statement and announced that “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks.”

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America,” the statement added. “[…] Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

Jones also called President Donald Trump’s interest in this issue “problematic” and said he would like the criticism to “go away,” according to ESPN.

Regardless of the NFL’s decision, it seems that no player on Jones’ team will be permitted to remain in the locker room during the national anthem.

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