Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated Wednesday the players on his team will stand for the national anthem for the upcoming season and will not have the option to remain in the locker room, despite the NFL’s currently on-hold rule allowing them the choice.
“As far as the Dallas Cowboys, you know where I stand, the team knows where I stand. Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” he said at the time.
In response to the Jones’ decision, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called him a “bully” and said it is sad to see owners “intimidate” their players.
“[Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie] been very supportive of us from the beginning,” Jenkins said. “I don’t see Jeffrey as a bully like Jerry Jones is. Lucky for me, I don’t play for the Cowboys, nor would I want to.
“It’s unfortunate that you have owners like him that use his position to intimidate and intentionally thwart even the idea of his players thinking individually or having a voice about issue that effect their communities daily. It’s unfortunate,” he added.
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Malcolm Jenkins calls Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a bully after Jones recently said he would make his players stand for the anthem. pic.twitter.com/noeHrLIlZZ
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) July 27, 2018
Since Jones made his comments, he has been labeled as a white supremacist and suppressor of free speech:
I was raised in Texas. I have always loved football. I have been a lifelong Cowboys fan.
And I will never again watch a Cowboys game so long as Jerry Jones' racist, white-supremacist-pandering ass is the owner of the team.
His conduct is hateful, cowardly, and embarrassing.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) July 25, 2018
Coach- Michael Irvin is snorting cocaine in the locker room.
Jerry Jones- ok
Coach- Greg Hardy just beat his girlfriend.
Jerry Jones- no prob
Coach- Kaepernick kneeled to bring awareness to social inj…
Jerry Jones- MY PLAYERS WILL STAND WITH THE TOE ON THE LINE I MEAN IT!
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 26, 2018
BREAKING: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said that his Players will NOT be able to stay in the locker room or kneel during the National Anthem.
As an Eagles fan, I hate the Cowboys even more now, and every American should hate this move to squash the First Amendment as well.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 25, 2018
All these white supremacy supporters like Jerry Jones and others can put together all types of policies & punishments against Black NFL players who protest racial police killers. But no one can seem to put together policies & punishments against POLICE who commit racial killings
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 25, 2018
Jones did receive praise from President Donald Trump on Twitter Friday, however.
“Way to go Jerry. This is what the league should do,” the president, who has criticized players who kneel for the anthem in protest of police brutality in America, tweeted.