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Jerry Jones: Any Player Who Kneels for the National Anthem Will Be Benched

The Dallas Cowboys owner is standing for the national anthem.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Sunday that he will bench any players who disrespect the American flag or the national anthem, according to Dallas sports reporter Jon Machota:

Jones, who knelt with his players prior to the national anthem earlier in the season, made his feelings clear on protests during the anthem itself.

“If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” he said.

“Under no circumstances, will the Dallas Cowboys not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag,” Jones told reporters. “Period.”

According to President Trump’s Twitter feed, he spoke with Jones about the issue of players protesting during the anthem:

Trump began a feud with NFL players protesting during the anthem when he called for their firing at a rally in Alabama last month. The president then tweeted about the issue for several days, and Vice President Mike Pence left a game this weekend after players continued to kneel during the anthem.