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Jason Garrett Says Jerry Jones Anthem Threat Comes Out of ‘Love, Respect’ For Players
If Jerry Jones loves and respects players on his roster, he has a funny way of showing it.
On Thursday, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett defended Jones’ decision to threaten the players with being benched if they did anything to disrespect the National Anthem, whether that be kneeling or raising a fist.
On Wednesday, there was a meeting between coaches and players on the team. During that meeting, Jerry once again reiterated why it’s important to stand out of “love, admiration and respect for the players.”
Here’s what Garrett thought about Jones’ stance:
“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.”
Jones made every single headline on Sunday following his threat to anthem protesters. People have also been scratching their heads over reports that said Jerry was convinced that once the world saw him and his team kneel before the Anthem, everything would ‘go away.’
“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.”