Owner of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones is refusing to compromise with the NFL and players and demand all players stand for the National Anthem.
On Wednesday, Jones reiterated his expectation for Cowboys players to stand for the national anthem, saying “you know where I stand, the team knows where I stand.”
He also said the team has had an anthem policy in place for some time.
Jerry Jones on anthem dialogues: I can’t speak for other owners. You know where I stand. Cowboys know where I stand. We’ve always had written policy in place – interpretation of it is issue
President Donald Trump has continually weighed in on the issue of protests during the anthem in vehement opposition. Jones said he found Trump’s fixation on the situation problematic for himself and other owners and wished the issue would “just go away.”
ESPN Reports “He also wishes President Donald Trump would not bring the controversy up as often as he does.
“His interest in what we’re doing is problematic, from my chair, and I would say in general the owners’ chair,” Jones said at Wednesday’s news conference to open training camp in Oxnard, California. “It’s unprecedented, if you really think about it. But like the very game itself, that’s the way it is and we’ll deal with it.
“We feel strongly about how we deal with it and we’ll do so accordingly, but, yes, I, like everybody, would like for it to go away.”
When the anthem issue reached a fervor last season, Jones spoke with Trump on multiple occasions. The president has raised the issue multiple times this offseason and even recently, saying players should be suspended if they choose to take a knee.