Jerry Jones Inspires Intense Reactions with His National Anthem Policy

Dallas Cowboys owners drew a line in the sand about protesting the flag — while the NFL continues to stumble

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“Plantation mentality,” “hypocrite,” “slave owner,” “white supremacist,” “dead ‘n gone” — all of this is verbiage used by blue-check Twitter users about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ decision to require NFL players in his franchise to stand for the performance of the national anthem, regardless of the sports league’s policy.

Jones, who purchased the Cowboys in 1989, has been mum in recent days on the matter of players standing for the anthem. , the NFL ordered him to stop answering questions on the topic, according to Fox News.

Owners were instructed on July 24 to “say little regarding the national anthem policy,” according to Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown.

The next day, Jones announced his expectation for his players to have their “toe on the line” — not in the locker room, in other words — while the anthem plays.

Further, Cowboys’ executive Stephen Jones, Jerry Jones’ son, indicated last Thursday that players could be punished if they failed to comply with the rule.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) filed a grievance about the NFL’s recently issued policy, which is now on hold.

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The policy, announced at the spring owners’ meetings, would require players on the sidelines to stand during the anthem. Those opposed to standing for the anthem could remain in the locker room.

In a statement released about two weeks ago, the NFL indicated it was engaging in “constructive dialogue” with the NFLPA, and has “been working on a resolution to the anthem issue.” The league added that “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.”

Jones’ policy, meanwhile, has been earning a lot of reactions.

“The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with the old plantation mentality,” said 30-year-old 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, as quoted in an interview published in USA Today on Monday. “What did you expect?”

In 2014, while he was playing for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, his post-game interview with Erin Andrews went viral. Sherman was literally ranting and screaming.

Richie Whitt, who apparently hosted Jones’ radio show and covered him in Dallas since 1989, chastised Jones in a tweet on Tuesday evening, saying, “You lose me.”

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.

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