Labor union files complaint against Cowboys owner for national anthem policy

Esther Moore
October 13, 2017

A labor union on Tuesday claimed that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' threat to punish players who kneel in protest during the national anthem violated the National Labor Relations Act.

Jones has said players will not play, not that they would be fired if they don't stand for the anthem, but Wade Rathke, Local 100s chief organizer, said that is a "distinction without difference when it comes to the law".

Jones, in the team meeting held after practice, also offered the players a chance to speak with him one on one, the source said. According to ESPN, Jones told the players how protests could damage television ratings and sponsorship for a team estimated to be worth $5bn, factors that could end up affecting the players themselves.

Since Sunday, Jones has been outspoken regarding his stance that players must "not disrespect the flag" and that they must stand for the anthem or they will be benched. 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.

When asked if he would really sit a player like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant, Jones initially deferred.

Two weeks later, Jones' involvement in the kneel is coming across as nothing more than an act.

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"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play", Jones said after Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"There's nothing that I've seen that shows the union that did file the [unfair labor practice] has any connection with the NFL Players Association, the NFL, or any particular player".

But Garrett says the outcome of Wednesday's meeting was positive.

Jones became the first NFL owner to publicly state an organizational policy that includes discipline if players protest during the national anthem.

"The message will be put out", Quin said.

He added, " if somebody says, 'I'm kneeling for what I believe in, ' ... then they should be able to do that because that's what this country is about". "So in that sense, yeah, I think we're definitely a unified group".

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