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Jerry Jones calls players protesting during anthem ‘disappointing’

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Jerry Jones expressed pride in how no Dallas Cowboys player took part in any act of protest Sunday during the national anthem as he railed against other NFL players for their actions by labeling said protests as “disappointing.”

“I got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization,” Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “We strongly, strongly support the flag. In every way, we support — it’s almost ridiculous to be saying it — the people that for generations and generations have given it all up so we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television. We respect that so much. That’s the real business.

“The forum of the NFL and the forum on television is a very significant thing. I’m for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society and that’s people that have supported America, the flag, and there’s no reason not to go all out right there. For anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing.”

Jones’ transcribed comments give no indication how he would have address the issue should a Cowboys player protest in some manner during the anthem. But his strong words condemning the act clearly indicates he wouldn’t be happy about it.

Given the number of NFL players who conducted some form of protest as the anthem was played during Week 1 games, this is an issue that likely will not go away anytime soon. Since Colin Kaepernick’s initial and subsequent protests, more and more NFL players have joined the movement. But the way Jones sees it, the manner in which Cowboys players conducted themselves on Sunday is how the organization would prefer it.