Jones said Trump indicated the NFL should enforce a rule that players must stand for the national anthem. Jones originally said that any player who doesn't stand for the national anthem would be benched.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now", the president said to a cheering crowd. 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.
"The game ops manual has an ambiguity being used for those who don't want to enforce it- the word "should" stand for anthem is their ambiguity- but how can it be ambiguous when it cites the potential penalties of fines, suspension or loss of draft picks for failing to adhere?" "He wanted to make sure they knew that".
He added, " if somebody says, 'I'm kneeling for what I believe in, ' ... then they should be able to do that because that's what this country is about".
Cornerback Orlando Scandrick didn't say much to reporters after Jones' speech, but his feelings about the message from his President Trump-supporting owner rang out loud and clear. He is always speaking to the media about the team. "We're *allowed* to support that", Scandrick said.
President Donald Trump, however, tweeted his admiration for Jones's stance and encouragement of his players to do the same.
The only player to comment was union representative Dan Bailey.
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