After the team's Week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jones made it clear those who don't stand won't be permitted to play: "If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play".
'There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you're disrespecting the flag, we will be non-supportive of each other, ' Jones said. Period. We're going to respect the flag and I'm going to create the perception of it. Now he can say exactly what he really thinks, which is that any of his players caught acting against injustice during the national anthem in a way that violates Jones's delicate sensibilities will not play for the Cowboys. "I'm very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys - I don't care what happens - under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag". Just so we're clear.
In the two games since, the Cowboys have stood during the national anthem.
Jones addressed the report that two players raised their fists following the flag ceremony on Sunday, but would not say if he had a problem with it. It wasn't until roughly 20 minutes before kickoff that Jones mentioned the pre-anthem kneel that the players accepted. But Damontre Moore and David Irving chose to raise their fists at the end of the performance, according to the Dallas Morning News. "We will not disrespect the flag".
"I'm saying our vice president, if in his opinion, there's disrespect of the flag then he should express himself however he wants to say". But we as a team are very much on the page together. "That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the courageous". We've always done that. "We'll stand for the flag". 'We will not disrespect the flag'.
"I haven't given any and don't have communication publicly about what I'm doing with the players. What I will not support is not standing for the flag". "I know we've been very pleased with the way we've handled it. our players as a team, as an organization, the way we've handled obviously a very hard situation".
"They did that well after the anthem was completed and it was a private thing they did for themselves", Garrett said.
Jones and his Cowboys front office knelt with his players before the anthem last month following President Donald Trump's remarks that owners should fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem. Garrett said he had not heard from any players regarding Jones' comments, but he spoke with Moore and Irving.
Players across almost every professional league have stepped up the "take a knee" movement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's attacks on players, calling them sons of bitches in one tweet.