Jerry Jones will require Dallas Cowboys players to stand for the national anthem

Dallas Cowboys players will be required to stand for the national anthem, says team owner Jerry Jones.

The NFL’s anthem policy won’t be enforced this season

Back in May, the NFL announced that if players did not stand for the national anthem on the field, teams and/or players would be fined by the league, and players could be subject to a fine from their team as well. Those wishing to not stand for the anthem could do so out of sight of cameras and stadium-goers — in the locker room or similar areas not visible to the public.

In early July, though, the NFL Players Association filed a grievance over the policy. The NFLPA said the policy infringed on the players’ rights and was made without consulting the union.

Last week, the league decided it will not enforce the policy until it can come to an agreement with the NFLPA.

Because the league will not be fining players, the discipline comes down to a team-by-team basis. It is clear that Jones will not be lenient when it comes to anthem conduct. Jones is even taking the original policy a step further by forcing his players to be on the field for the anthem.

Jones isn’t the only owner to chime in

While few owners have publicly voiced their thoughts on the policy and players’ actions during the anthem, Jones is not alone in his camp.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in March that his players would stand. Last week, hours before the anthem policy was put on pause, the Dolphins said that players who do not stand for the anthem could face a fine, a suspension or both. In a team document, there is a “Proper Anthem Conduct” section saying not standing is “conduct detrimental to the club.”

Also last week, Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said he would kneel knowing he would be fined. But Tennessee team president and CEO Steve Underwood said he intended to meet with Casey regarding his plan, saying “there may be some misunderstanding on his part.”

Jones: Cowboys will continue relationship with Papa John’s

Jones addressed the Papa John’s controversy as well. Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman two weeks ago after apologizing for using the n-word during a conference call in May. Several sports organizations, including MLB and the Seahawks and Falcons, have suspended or cut ties with the pizza company.

Jones, however, owns a significant percentage of Papa John’s establishments in the state of Texas and will not follow suit.

“Some teams that I’ve noticed that have addressed the Papa John’s issue by distancing themselves do not have the same relationship that the Cowboys have with the Papa John’s business in Texas,” Jones said Wednesday. “We own the Papa John’s in Texas and feel strongly that our Cowboys are the face of Papa John’s, and that judgment is warranted by what we’ve done over the last 15 years with Papa John’s.”

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Jerry Jones will make all of his players stand for the national anthem. (Paul Abell/AP Images for NFL)
Jerry Jones will make all of his players stand for the national anthem. (Paul Abell/AP Images for NFL)