Jerry Jones confronted by protesters while entering owners meeting (vid)
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has evolved into a central figure in the national anthem debate in which the NFL is currently embroiled. And two protesters confronted Jones as he entered the Conrad Hotel in New York for the NFL’s annual fall owners meeting.
Video posted by NJ.com shows the protesters approaching Jones. Holding signs, the protesters shouted at Jones about anthem protests while mentioning Donald Trump. Jones stopped briefly to listen to them but did not appear to respond. Security personnel arrived a short time later and Jones continued his way into the meeting.
Jones last week indicated any Cowboys player who knelt or engaged in any kind of protest during the anthem would be benched. He continued to expand upon and reiterate his views on the matter as the week progressed, saying on Friday that despite his strong stance against anthem protests, “both sides right” on the issue.
A major topic that will be addressed at the owners meetings, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, is the anthem protests, a controversy that of course has spawned significant national debate, including Trump condemning players for protesting and essentially waging war with the entire NFL.
Several NFL players are expected to attend a Tuesday session with owners to address how to proceed on the anthem issue. NJ.com reports 12 players are expected to be in attendance at a meeting where 11 NFL owners are expected to be present. Jones is not expected to attend that session, per The Dallas Morning News.
The league will be represented at the meeting by commissioner Roger Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. The NFLPA will be represented by executive director DeMaurice Smith, president Eric Winston, and senior director of player affairs Don Davis, per the NJ.com report.