Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made headlines last week when he announced that all players on his team would be standing for the national anthem during the football season.
“As far as the Dallas Cowboys, you know where I stand, the team knows where I stand. Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” he said last Wednesday.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 26, 2018
Jones has since been told by the NFL to stop talking about the issue to media outlets.
According to the Star-Telegram, Jones told several news outlets that were covering the team’s training camp in Oxnard, California, that he couldn’t answer questions regarding the anthem policy because the league had told him to stop talking about it.
Fox 4’s Mike Doocy said the Cowboys’ public relations staff had informed him at the last minute that he would not be able to ask Jones about the anthem and the surrounding debate for their scheduled interview. Doocy decided to cancel the interview.
Jones’ decision has been met with mixed reactions. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called him a “bully,” but Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said he’s fine with Jones’ mandate because the team never planned on protesting during the anthem.
“I never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so,” Prescott said.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott later added how the decision not to protest was a team decision.
“Us as a team, we chose to stand together for the national anthem,” he said. “It was our decision.”
Back in May, the NFL implemented a rule that players either had to stand on the field and “show respect” to the anthem or stay in the locker room until the anthem was over. The league and the NFL Players Association later announced the plan was being put on hold.