Jerry Jones to Cowboys Players: Stand for the Anthem, 'Toe on the Line'
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team’s players must stand for the national anthem on the sidelines before games this season.
Jones made the statement on Wednesday during a press conference as the team opened training camp in Oxnard, California, just days after the league announced it would freeze its controversial new anthem policy.
The policy would have given players the option of staying in the locker room while allowing teams to discipline players who took a knee or sat during the anthem.
When asked if he would support players staying in the locker room, Jones said, ”No, our policy is that you stand at the anthem, toe on the line.”
Over the past two NFL seasons, dozens of NFL players have demonstrated during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
The debate intensified when President Trump took up the issue last year, calling on NFL owners to fire players who failed to respect the anthem and American flag.
Jones said Trump's involvement in the issue has been "problematic" for the league and he wishes the controversy would "go away."
"It's unprecedented, if you really think about it. But like the very game itself, that's the way it is and we'll deal with it," he said.
After Trump controversially slammed protesting NFL players in September 2017, Jones joined his players in taking a knee and linking arms prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals.
See Jones' full remarks on the subject below.