Rev. Al Sharpton explains why Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' decision to make players stand for the national anthem "smacks of a plantation mentality". According to ESPN, Jones told the players how protests could damage television ratings and sponsorship for a team estimated to be worth $5bn, factors that could end up affecting the players themselves.
The players seemed blindsided, Yahoo Sports said, "and had a team meeting Wednesday to discuss it according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport". "I mean we ironed out everything that we needed to at this time".
"The game ops manual has an ambiguity being used for those who don't want to enforce it- the word "should" stand for anthem is their ambiguity- but how can it be ambiguous when it cites the potential penalties of fines, suspension or loss of draft picks for failing to adhere?" They kneeled and locked arms.
In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood on the sideline as normal.
Jones said on Sunday: "There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you're disrespecting the flag, we will be non-supportive of each other". Some requirements are that it must be played before every National Football League game, all players must be on the sidelines during the anthem and they should all face the flag with helmets in their left hand.More news: Girl has adorable reaction to learning she is going to be adopted
Jones reiterated the stance on numerous occasions since.
"There's nothing that I've seen that shows the union that did file the [unfair labor practice] has any connection with the NFL Players Association, the NFL, or any particular player".
The Cowboys have a bye this week but will return to action October 22 against the 49ers. Those who did speak were tight-lipped.
However, when cornerback Orlando Scandrick was asked about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, his answer may have hinted at how the meeting with Jones went down.
Place-kicker Dan Bailey, who also is a captain, serves as the Cowboys' representative to the NFL Players Association.More news: Sylvester Stallone set to direct Michael B. Jordan in 'Creed 2'
He said players have voiced their opinions to him. "I think Mr. Jones should just say, 'I stepped out of line.' Fine". "We come in every day to work and our focus is on practice and trying to win ballgames". He is always speaking to the media about the team.
"I was listening to my music". "I like that YG song". The union represents workers Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
"The message will be put out", Quin said.More news: Firefighters stress having a plan during National Fire Prevention week