Dallas Cowboys?owner Jerry Jones, in a meeting on Wednesday with players and coaches, said his stance on the national anthem protests was rooted in a desire to play the bad guy and deflect attention from the players, according to a source.
In the meeting, Jones sought to ensure that players also saw the bigger picture regarding the business side of the situation, including concerns over TV ratings and sponsors, the source said.
While the Cowboys already have a team policy in place regarding the anthem, Goodell's letter suggested a new rule, similar to the NBA's requirement for its players to stand for the anthem, could be enacted after discussing the matter at the fall meetings on October 17 and 18.
Rapoport said the meeting was held to "air out frustrations" and added that, while the coaching staff listened to the players' concerns, they were "essentially told to ask [Jones]".
Jones' comments occurred in response to Vice President Mike Pence abruptly leaving the Sunday game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco after more than 20 49ers knelt during the national anthem.
"We're going to respect the flag, and I'm going to create the perception of it, ".
Jones said on Sunday: "There is no room here if it comes between looking non-supportive of our players and of each other or creating the impression that you're disrespecting the flag, we will be non-supportive of each other". The Chicago rapper went as far as saying Jerry Jones has a "slave owner mentality". "I think Mr. Jones should just say, 'I stepped out of line.' Fine".
"My first responsibility is to listen and provide that forum for them and then relay it to the people I talk to". Jones donated a large sum to Trump's presidential campaign previous year and has been in contact with him since the protests spread in Week 3. "I think our team's done a really good job on that".
"I was listening to my music", Scandrick said. This union was offended by those comments.