Despite the National Football League hitting pause on its new anthem policy, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it abundantly clear that those rules will not reflect his own in any way, shape, or form.
There is a policy in place that requires Cowboys players to stand during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner and the organization will not support Cowboys players who choose to remain in the locker room during the anthem.
“As for as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, you know where I stand. The team knows where I stand,” Jones said during the annual ‘State of the Team’ press conference ahead of the team’s training camp. “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.”
Just when everyone thought this was at a quiet standstill, Jones, as he often has been, became outspoken on the topic to make his policy known and likely stir up even more of a controversy on social media and beyond.
Whether you agree with Jones on the matter or not at all, this definitely puts more gasoline on the fire.
Jones’ remarks begins at 97:00 of the press conference, and was followed up by several more questions about the anthem policy:
A new policy was implemented by the NFL this spring that required players to stand during the national anthem, but also gave them the option to remain in the locker room until the league the NFL Players Association released a joint statement that new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced until the two sides can come to an agreement.
No matter what comes from the situation in the coming hours, days, months, or even years, Jones wanted to make sure his voice was heard on Wednesday.
The Dallas Cowboys will be standing during the national anthem, and it will be interesting to see if more owners follow suit, and what comes next.