Cowboys Owner to Players: Respect the Flag or Warm the Bench

"If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play.”

In the midst of the NFL’s hard-line position against President Trump and in favor of kneeling during the National Anthem, one team owner is taking a stand—literally. Jerry Jones has told his Dallas Cowboys that any player kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be decisively benched.

Speaking to the Dallas Morning News Sunday, Jones iterated: "If there is anything [a player does] disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period…We’re going to respect the flag.”

During the Cowboys’ September 25th game against the Arizona Cardinals, the longtime owner and billionaire businessman took a knee with the team prior to the anthem, but stood during its performance. The month before, Jones had stated during a radio interview, "I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have…I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it.”

A week earlier, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had echoed that sentiment, maintaining, "There's no question in my mind. The national anthem is sacred. The flag is sacred. And our team has demonstrated that.”

Continuing with his statement to the Morning News yesterday:

"We cannot in anyway give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag…We know that there is a serious debate in this country about [racial injustice] issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the [NFL] and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag.”

Kudos to Jerry Jones. Let’s hope more team owners stand up for the flag, and for the fans who love football and their country.