(Photo via Twitter – @DallasCowboys) The Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones lock arms and kneel before the national anthem on Sept. 25.

It appears  that some people can’t make up their minds.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters after Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers that all of his players need to stand for the playing of the national anthem before games.

“If it comes between the impression or the perception that we’re not standing together, supporting each other, or the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag, the perception that we’re not together will be secondary to not respecting the flag,” Jones said, according to ESPN. “Respecting the flag is first.”

Vice President Mike Pence attended the Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday. He tweeted that he was there to witness the honoring of the legendary franchise quarterback Peyton Manning. After Pence saw 11 San Francisco players kneeling, he announced on Twitter that he left the game early in support of President Donald Trump’s comments on the national anthem. It was later discovered that the picture Pence used to tweet that he was at the game was a couple of years old and that Pence told his driver to keep the car running in the parking lot before his associates walked into the stadium.

Two weeks ago after Trump initially made comments about the protests, Jones and the Cowboys locked arms and kneeled together as a team before the national anthem played on “Monday Night Football” against the Arizona Cardinals. After the demonstration, Jones said that Trump called him highlighting an NFL rule stating that players must stand during the anthem.

“We made our expression. I’m very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys — I don’t care what happens — under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag, period,” Jones said.

Many of the athletes who have protested have emphasized the fact that they aren’t protesting the flag, but that they’re protesting injustices and police brutality in the U.S. American police have killed 210 Black people this year, according to the Mapping Police Violence research project.

Rashad Milligan

Rashad Milligan is a news reporter at the Douglas County Sentinel. He used to be the sports editor for Georgia State's student newspaper, The Signal. He placed first in the 2017 Southeast Journalism Conference Onsite Competition for Sports Reporting. He has also been featured on NBA.com and A3C.com

  • George Kafantaris

    We love and respect our flag — and do so deeply. Unfortunately, the love for flag and country is what dictators also use to hold on to power. The last century is replete with examples of this. Indeed, a nationalistic fervor is a sign that a dictatorship is in the making.

    • Tall Texan

      Spoken like someone who has never received a folded flag. Yeah, we get it…

  • britishrose

    sounds like he a MASSA , and the black player whom make up 7o percent of that team are slaves to him , you tell slaves what to do . or employees not contractors with a union behind them .!! i not liking the sound of this cause hes forceing them all to get lawyers and protest or boycott games . i notice only the white player stood. why? jerry jones will disrespect them too if they needed support..
    deon sanders is probably the uncle tom who he consulting with . jerry jones is out of hand , he is showing just how slave owner mentality he is .. . you dont threaten hobody job over a dam flag, that flag never stopped whites from lynching blacks? that flag didnt wave over that confederate flag? that flag stood in the middle of ROSEWOOD FLORIDA WHEN white men stormed the town killing dozens of black people over a lie a white woman told about being rape by a black man .. where was that flag then BURNT DOWN . so you wanna talk about dissing the flag there you goo……
    we in no way hate no flag we jus aint honoring it for many reasons .

    • Tall Texan

      Sounds like you’re a sheep…

  • Tall Texan

    “protesting injustices and police brutality in the U.S. American police have killed 210 Black people this year”

    Or, you could easily compare that number to a long Holiday weekend in Chicago for the same number of black casualties. Shame nobody cares about them…