The NFL has reportedly told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to stop talking publicly about the league’s tenuous policy to require players on the field to stand for the national anthem.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that Jones was instructed by the league office not speak on the matter less than a week after he became the first NFL owner to publicly back the controversial anthem policy, insisting that his players stand for the Star-Spangled Banner and declaring that he wouldn’t support anyone who chose to stay in the locker room.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his players must stand on field for anthem
Jones informed several local TV stations who had booked him for Sunday night interviews from the Cowboys’ pre-season training camp in California that he’d been barred from speaking on his zero-tolerance policy, prompting the Dallas-area Fox affiliate to cancel their hit.
The outspoken billionaire owner of the NFL’s richest team had left nothing to question when asked about his stance last week, saying: “Our policy is that you stand at the anthem, toe on the line.”
The NFL and the players’ union have agreed to suspend the rule approved by owners this spring that gave players the option of staying in the locker room while allowing teams to discipline players who took a knee or sat during the anthem.
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