FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has not had any discussions with Jerry Jones regarding the owner and general manager's comments Sunday that players "disrespecting the flag" would not play.
In a Sunday interview after the Cowboys loss to the Packers, Jones said, "If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK?"
"If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won't play". But we are going to respect the flag and I'm going to create the perception of it, and we have.
Jones seems to believe that National Football League rules justify taking the position that players must stand, even though the relevant rule says "should" not "must". And my understanding of what both of those guys did based on the conversations I had with them was that occurred after the anthem.
"We as a team are very much on the page together", Jones said.
Jones said he understands the social concerns surrounding the issue but noted that he won't compromise when it comes to the anthem, adding that he has "always had our players' backs on issues I've been criticized for".
Jones was responding to a question about Vice-President Mike Pence's pricy stunt, in which he attended Sunday's Colts and 49ers game just so he could walk out when players took a knee.
According to the manual, "During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking".
In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood during the national anthem.
After the Cowboys' pregame demonstration in Arizona, President Donald Trump tweeted that he spoke with Jones, calling the owner "a victor who knows how to get things done". I know what he thinks. Smith also said that "no player is disrespecting our country or our flag" by protesting during the national anthem.
"Trump has made [standing for the anthem] about patriotism", Ross said, on a day when three Miami players stayed in the tunnel rather than stand on the sideline during the anthem. Then they all stood for the anthem. "Whenever you're dealing with the flag, you're dealing with something different". "I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful", he said. "They don't think it's disrespecting the flag".