Jerry Jones, the charismatic oil billionaire and owner of the Dallas Cowboys, performed something of a volte-face on Monday night, telling ESPN that his players "need consequences" should they feel the desire to kneel during the national anthem.
A local labor union isn't seeing eye to eye with Jerry Jones due to his latest remarks. Private employers always have the right to control the language and the speech, just like they can impose a dress code and ethical performance obligations.
On Wednesday, Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin, the team's NFL Players Association representative, didn't want to talk much about Jones or potentially being required to stand for the anthem. "The point is he is threatening anybody and everybody. Mr. Jones just got carried away being a rich guy and there's no laws he has to respect".
Given that the Cowboys had a team meeting over their owners' comments, and the anonymous player venting to ESPN in an episode reminiscent of the Trump administration (who Jerry Jones donated to), this looks like an issue that will not go away any time soon-and if elite Cowboys players like Dez Bryant or Dak Prescott kneel, this longtime National Football League fan is willing to bet a significant amount of money that Jones will not follow through on his threat and bench them.
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Jerry Jones is taking a hard line on protests during the national anthem. According to multiple reports, Jones met with players to discuss his stance and most players still in the locker room after the meeting told reporters they had no comment, although, per Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, cornerback Orlando Scandrick did pull out a pair of pink cleats for breast cancer awareness to note "they are allowed support". I don't want to cause no attention to nobody else and bring unwanted attention, but on the same token, you know, there's certain things that people are doing it for. Jones might be confused. "Now that the president has gotten involved in it and you've seen owners responding by at least stating they will take disciplinary action, it makes it closer to being related to terms and conditions of their employment".
"If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play".
"The remedy for this stuff is to cease and desist", Green said.