Jones said the National Football League can not, "in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag", and issued a warning to his players if they did use a form of silent protest.
However, Jones has now said that the league can not give any "implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag".
He said players "need consequences" to stand up to peer pressure, and that "it's in the best interests of the Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League and the players" to honor the flag.
At the Cowboys' Sept. 25 meeting against the Arizona Cardinals, Jones, his sons Stephen and Jerry Jr., and daughter, Charlotte Anderson, joined the team's players, coaches and staff on the field prior to the anthem in taking a knee and locking arms. And my understanding of what both of those guys did based on the conversations I had with them was that occurred after the anthem.
Jones said he spoke with Trump after that demonstration and "He shared with me that there'd been a rule on the books in our game operations ... that's been there for years ..."
"We made our expression", Jones said on Sunday.
Players across almost every professional league have stepped up the "take a knee" movement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's attacks on players, calling them sons of bitches in one tweet.
Last season San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem to protest of police shootings of people in the black community. Many other players who have since knelt have said the protest is not meant to disrespect the military but to raise awareness for social injustice. Jones and the rest of the Cowboys stood and returned to their sideline and remained standing for the anthem. And of course, the Cowboys stood for the actual playing of the national anthem.
"Trump has made [standing for the anthem] about patriotism", Ross added.
"I don't know about that". "It's so important if that's what the country is looking at to look at [the protest] differently". "I think we've had great communication with our players in terms of the way to do things in terms of how we can certainly have respect and be sensitive to the things that they're faced with as we did in Arizona", he said.