Trump praises Jerry Jones for comments on NFL anthem protests

President Trump tweeted praise for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Monday after Jones suggested he would bench players who protest during the national anthem.

President Trump tweeted praise for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Monday after Jones suggested he would bench players who protest during the national anthem.

Jones, also the team’s general manager, said after a loss to Green Bay on Sunday that the NFL cannot leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag. He said that any Cowboys doing so would not play.

Jones was responding to questions about Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who knelt during the anthem.

President Trump tweeted praise for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Monday after Jones suggested he would bench players who protest during the national anthem.

Jones, also the team’s general manager, said after a loss to Green Bay on Sunday that the NFL cannot leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag. He said that any Cowboys doing so would not play.

Jones was responding to questions about Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who knelt during the anthem.

They were the most provocative comments so far from Jones, a powerful behind-the-scenes force in the NFL and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who had already been clear in his support of standing for the anthem.

The NFL players union had a swift rebuke Monday. Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Jones contradicted assurances last week from Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants President John Mara that players could express themselves without reprisals.

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