Jason Garrett: Jerry Jones' anthem request comes out of 'love, respect' for players

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Jerry Jones is "sensitive" to some of the players' issues and he is trying to do what's best for the team.

Jason Garrett: Jerry Jones' anthem request comes out of 'love, respect' for players

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Jerry Jones is "sensitive" to some of the players' issues and he is trying to do what's best for the team.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett defended team owner Jerry Jones' decision to tell players they must stand for the national anthem.

Jones was at the meeting between coaches and players Wednesday, where Jones reiterated why it's important to stand out of "love, admiration and respect for the players."

"He's very sensitive to some of the issues, as we all are, that the players are talking about," Garrett said, via ESPN. "We all want to make an impact, and he's someone that can help the players do that. He wanted to make sure they knew that."

Quarterback Dak Prescott echoed Garrett's sentiments on Jones coming to talk with the players Wednesday, indicating it went well.

"I mean, we ironed out everything that we needed at this time," Prescott said.

Jones made headlines Sunday when he said players must stand for the anthem or be benched. He said he was fine with the demonstration the Cowboys did in Week 3, in which they kneeled before the anthem, but stood arms linked during the actual song.

Garrett said he knows players are more than football machines and that they are trying to figure out the proper balance between their jobs and activism.

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"I think like a lot of things in life, a lot of people say, 'just focus on football,'" Garrett said. "But as we all know in our lives, there's a lot of other things going on in our lives. So, sometimes as a player, a coach, as a football team, you have to focus on this particular thing to address it, to solve it, to move on, so you can get back to the business of football. And that happens with our players and our coaches each and every day — situations they have with their families, whether they're health concerns or some of the off-field issues that we all deal with in our lives.

"Sometimes you have to focus on those things so you can get back to the business of focusing on football. I think our team's done a really good job on that."

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