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Jerry Jones digs in on anthem benching, even against Cowboys stars

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Kristopher Love | 12 October, 2017, 00:50

The adoption was made official two days before the Packers won a game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday.

Speaking after the Cowboys lost 35-31, thanks to a last-minute drive from Aaron Rodgers, Jones said any players who disrespect the flag "will not play".

"He's the owner. Either you listen or you don't", Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis said Monday. "As far as whether or not basically I will institute, or basically do what I said, I just would say that the implication that we're not respecting the flag is just not going to be accepted. It's all up to each individual".

It started with his response to a question about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis after about a dozen San Francisco players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also said Sunday he changed his view on players kneeling for the national anthems and now wants all players to stand, the Miami Herald reported. "It's not in the best interest of the Cowboys whether it's right or wrong to imply that we don't respect the flag".

On September 25, in the wake of Trump's comments and widespread protest around the NFL, Jones and the Cowboys linked arms and knelt before the anthem, but stood during the anthem. "Any player who disrespects the flag or does not stand for the anthem will not play in the game", Mortensen said.

"I don't know about that", Jones said. Jones left the door open for his players to protest before or after the anthem, but made it clear that during the song, no dissonance would be accepted. Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won't play.

The NFL has said that the game operations passage is policy and not a rule and that it doesn't plan to punish players over anthem protests. 'We will not disrespect the flag'.

'The league in mind should absolutely take the rules we've got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we're disrespecting the flag, ' Jones said.