Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was confronted by protestors in a hotel lobby in New York City on Tuesday while making his way to an NFL owners meeting.
Carl Dix, an African-American man, and Linda Solotaire, a white woman, were in the Conrad New York lobby when they spotted Jones with his son Stephen and daughter Charlotte, both Cowboys executives. Dix and Solotaire represent a group called RefuseFascism.org.
Dix said he told Jones: “We have seen where your program of muzzling black football players has come down to. The players are right to take a knee during the national anthem to highlight racial injustice to black people.”
If you’re a Dallas Cowboys player and want to kneel during the National Anthem, don’t expect to play, warns owner Jerry Jones.
Fox News reports:
Jones’ comments, the strongest made on the anthem controversy, came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis early after several San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem.
“I know this, we cannot … in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” he said following the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. “We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. So we’re clear.”