Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters after Sunday’s home loss to the
Green Bay Packers that he’d bench any Cowboys player who he feels is being “disrespectful to the flag,” according to the Dallas Morning News. Before the game, Cowboys defensive linemen Damontre Moore and David Irving stood during the national anthem, then raised their fists after the song ended. Jones addressed anthem protests in a post-game press conference.
“I don’t know about that,” Jones said of the fist-raising. “But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play. You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have.”
Jones, however, didn’t describe what, exactly, constitutes “anything that is disrespectful to the flag.”
Before the Cowboys game two weeks ago, Jones kneeled and locked arms, then stood for the anthem, though it’s unclear what message Jones was expressing with his kneeling.
Players across the league have sat down or kneeled during the anthem in protest of policy brutality and racial injustice.