Cowboys Owner on Anthem Protests: Not the Place to Do Anything Besides Honor Flag
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones pushed back on some NFL players' decision to involve the national anthem in their protests of racism in America.
“I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag,” Jones told FOX Business at Forbes' 100th anniversary gala last week. “So that’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little bit for it."
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was gentler in his response.
“I think we have to celebrate their right to express themselves, as every American does,” Blank told Fox Business.
President Trump stirred the pot over the anthem protests when he slammed players at a Friday rally in Alabama.
“Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say 'get that son of a b ---- off the field right now? Out! He's fired!" Trump said to the crowd.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the trend of kneeling for "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games last year to protest the "treatment of blacks in the United States."