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Football Team Owner Requires Players To Stand For National Anthem

The national anthem controversy continues, and even though the NFL has taken a stance, that doesn't mean individual team owners can't add their own rules. The new NFL regulations say that there will be no protesting the anthem on the field, but players may opt to remain in the locker room. That is not an option for the Dallas Cowboys, however, according to the team owner.

Just when you think the 'taking a knee' controversy over the 'Star-Spangled Banner' in the NFL is settled, another move reignites the spark and starts the argument all over again. This time it was Jerry Jones, CEO of the Dallas Cowboys, who stirred the pot when he announced that all members of the team must be on the field and standing for the national anthem, or they're out of a job.

The fuss started when Colin Kaepernick was noticed taking a knee during the anthem in 2016. President Donald Trump raised the heat when he weighed in on the protests, saying that any player who refused to stand for the anthem should be fired. A backlash occurred after the president's comments, with more players joining the protest to support their teammates. The NFL found a large portion of fans boycotting the league over the protests and saw a significant drop in revenue.

Due to the firestorm, they announced a new policy, claiming players on the field must stand, and players who refuse to stand could remain in the locker room during the anthem.

The Cowboys CEO announced on Thursday on 1310 AM The Ticket radio show that any player who did not report to the field and stand respectfully for the anthem faced losing his job.

“There’s one way to do it right in our mind, and that’s go toes on the line and stand for the anthem,” Jones said "...This is an organizational thing. We feel strongly about it. We don’t think it’s a controversy. We just think that’s the way we do it. Jerry feels strongly about it. I think he’s had a good feel for what our organization should be over 30 years. I think it’s paid off for our players for the most part.”

Some feel that Jones is violating the league policy that gives the players an opportunity to opt out if they wish. “Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed," the policy reads.

The NFL added that each club could develop its own rules, but stipulated that the rules must be 'consistent with the [previously stated] principals.'

Jourdan Lewis, cornerback for the Cowboys, says the players should respect how Jones wants to run his team.

“At the end of the day, you’re getting paid to be a professional athlete," Lewis said. "We have to do what we’re told to do at the end of the day and go out there to win games, honestly... I don’t want to cause any distractions. If anything, I’ll do my political things off the field.”

Lewis says players are free to protest, but it should not be on the field.
Source: AOL
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