Jerry Jones: Players should “save [the anthem] for the recognition of the flag in a positive way”

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is joining with his head coach in expressing disagreement over anthem protests.

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Jones appeared this morning with Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas – the flagship home of the Dallas Cowboys – to discuss a number of issues.

During the latter part of the interview, Jones was asked about anthem protests by Choppy.

RJ CHOPPY:       “Jerry, the anthem protests seem to have gotten a little bit bigger this year, especially over the last couple of days. How do you feel about where they are and where they seem to be going?”

JERRY JONES: “Well, 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 that 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.”

Jones’ statements are not insignificant. For almost year now a frequently debunked claim that Jones told Cowboys players they had to stand for the anthem has been passed around the internet. While that story has been completely fabricated, Jones’ words this morning leave little doubt of his disapproval for flag and anthem protests.

It was exactly a week ago that head coach Jason Garrett told reporters the team believes the anthem and the American flag to be “sacred.”

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