On Wednesday this week Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his players will have no option but to stand up for the National Anthem. The players will also not have the option to stay in the locker room like other teams are allowing.
“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,” Jones said.
The Dallas Cowboys have still been one of the only teams where no player has yet to take a knee, so it really won’t be such an issue for the team right now. Earlier today QB Dak Prescott showed his support for Jone’s decision saying, “I’d never protest during anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so.”
Players on other NFL teams are another story entirely.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called Jones a “bully” for forcing player to stand for the Anthem. He said it is sad to see owners “intimidate” their players.
Jenkins said this during an interview in the locker room. You can watch that next.
Malcolm Jenkins calls Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a bully after Jones recently said he would make his players stand for the anthem.
“[Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie] been very supportive of us from the beginning,” Jenkins said. “I don’t see Jeffrey as a bully like Jerry Jones is. Lucky for me, I don’t play for the Cowboys, nor would I want to.
“It’s unfortunate that you have owners like him that use his position to intimidate and intentionally thwart even the idea of his players thinking individually or having a voice about issue that effect their communities daily. It’s unfortunate,” he added.
Jones may be getting some backlash from the players on other NFL teams but Jones received high praise from President Donald Trump on Twitter Friday.
“Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do,” Trump tweeted.