Before the anthem of that game, players stood arm in arm with Jones, other front office executives, coaches and staff and took a knee. This comes after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would bench anyone who shows disrespect to the American flag.
"We can not in anyway give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag", Jones said, according to the Morning News.More news: Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more
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Michael J. Golden, lecturer, trial advocacy program, University of Texas: "In order for professional football teams to be the most competitive they can be, the CBA gives management significant rights to decide who plays and who doesn't - and ultimately who gets cut and who gets kept". Jeff Flake and John McCain, the NFL in 2016 repaid the government more than $700,000 covering payments from four NFL seasons, 2012-2015, for activities including performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details and on-field color guard performances. "That's not why they're kneeling, but if it were, that would be something that would clearly be a protected activity". Employment law allows private sector employers great latitude in restricting employee conduct and speech while at work.
But those political motives of kneeling likely would not protect the players from discipline.
On Tuesday, Trump said on Twitter that federal tax laws should be changed to punish teams that do not punish players for such protests. Another said they had a better feeling for Jones' comments because at first he wondered if Jones had turned against them, according to the source. "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear".
On Wednesday, Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin, the team's NFL Players Association representative, didn't want to talk much about Jones or potentially being required to stand for the anthem. On Sunday, Vice-President Mike Pence left Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis early after around half a dozen 49ers players knelt during the anthem.