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Jones applauds his players for not protesting during national anthem

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised his players for not protesting during the national anthem.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised his players for not protesting during the national anthem. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Count Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones among those disappointed that some NFL players are using the national anthem before games as a time to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the controversial act in the preseason by sitting during the national anthem, and others have followed suit. Several players across the league raised their fists during the national anthem this weekend, includingKansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn.

But nobody on the Cowboys has protested during the national anthem, something that has pleased the owner.

“I applaud our players, our team,” Jones said Tuesday on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “I applaud Jason Witten as far as his energy. But I've got to give a big pat on the back to our entire team, our coaching staff, our entire organization. We strongly, strongly support the flag in every way we support -- and it's almost ridiculous to be saying -- the people that for generations and generations that have given it all up so that we can get out here and show off in front of millions of people on television. We respect that so much. That's the real business. The forum of the NFL and the forum of television is a very significant thing.

“And I'm for it being used in every way we can to support the great, great contributors in our society. And that's people that have supported America, the flag, and there's no reason to not go all out there. And for anybody to use parts of that visibility to do otherwise is really disappointing."

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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