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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: Players who disrespect flag won't play


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is now saying that any player on his team will not play "if there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag."

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play.

"You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won't play. Period.

"We're going to respect the flag. And I won't create the perception of -- and we have, I'm not aware, and wouldn't know what you're talking about, I'm not aware of that.

"But if you say you saw it, then you saw it. But we as a team are very much on the page together. We've made our expression that we're together.

"I'm very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances, under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys, I don't care what happens.

"Under no circumstances will we as an organization, or as coaches and players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag," Jones said.

Jones made the remarks following the Cowboys' 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

The NFL declined to comment on Jones' remarks.

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement Monday that in meetings last week with team owners, commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants owner John Mara, the chairman of the NFL management council, assured union leaders that they would "respect the Constitutional rights of our members without retribution." Smith also said that "no player is disrespecting our country or our flag" by protesting during the national anthem.

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