Now we know where Jerry Jones “stands” on the issue of kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFL.
While speaking at the opening of Dallas Cowboys training camp Wednesday, team owner Jones referred to President Trump’s continued interest in the debate over racial injustice protests in the NFL as “problematic” and said he wishes it would go away.
“His interest in what we’re doing is problematic,” Jones told reporters gathered in Oxnard, California, according to Cowboys Wire via USA Today. “Unprecedented, if you really think about it … but like the very game itself, that’s the way it is. We feel very strongly about how we deal with it. Of course, I’d like, everybody would like, it to go away.”
Jones reiterated that he wants his players to stand during the anthem and will require them to be on the field rather than in the locker room, according to Dallas News reporter Jon Machota.
Jerry Jones does not want players staying in the locker room during the national anthem. “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.” https://t.co/aKnk2iMbCR
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 25, 2018
In May, the NFL banned kneeling during the national anthem, but said they will allow players to remain in the locker room in protest during the singing of the anthem.
In September 2017, President Trump specifically praised Jones’ stance on the anthem debate, tweeting, “Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”
It was reported in July that Miami Dolphins players who kneel during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games, including anthem protests in their organizational literature as “conduct detrimental to the club.”
The NFL Players Association argued in July that the new policy “infringes on player rights” and filed a grievance with the league.