A significant number of NFL players are expected to kneel during the national anthem when the 2020 season begins, but not many expect that to happen with the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones went on record back in 2017 to state he would not tolerate any players kneeling during the national anthem, saying anyone who “disrespects the flag” won’t be allowed to play.
“We cannot in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones added, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the [NFL] and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag.”
So, has his stance changed three years later?
The Dallas Cowboys owner was asked during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday whether or not he will require players to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” this season like he has in the past. He said no decision has been made but indicated he is open to changing his policy.
Jones saying “that was then” may have been a hint that he is willing to alter his stance.