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.
A week after the NFL’s pause on the policy, Jones said his team will have none of it:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 26, 2018
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.”
#Cowboys owner Jerry Jones cares about the bottom line and owns the squad so he’s making his standards clear and transparent.
— Landry Locker (@LandryLocker) July 25, 2018
???❤That is awesome, Mr. Jones! So many other ways to protest and actually help their communities without denigrating our flag and national anthem. The Cowboys will be role models for the children of this great nation and the world.
— Melinda Harkins (@mslinnie325) July 26, 2018
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.