Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Local labor union files complaint over Jerry Jones and Cowboys

Local labor union files complaint over Jerry Jones and Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys owner indicated after a 35-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday that anyone from his team who participated in such a demonstration would not be allowed to play.

"This is a workplace issue", Jones said. "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear". He did state, however, that players who refuse to stand during the anthem "will not play".

The money exchanged between governments and pro football teams could mean that discipline enforced by the team could be "fairly attributed to a government entity, meaning the employer could not discipline someone for taking a political position", Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said. "I've got my morals".

Benjamin I. Sachs, Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, Harvard University: "I think being benched is adverse employment action". I know in the modern age people think workers shouldn't have rights, but they still do. "So, for me, it's just one of those personal things that I do". Photo via Wikimedia CommonsJones, whose Dallas Cowboys are 2-3, is in a pickle with his players and the president over how to behave before and during the national anthem.

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Jones portrayed his statement as an employment issue rather than a First Amendment issue, saying standing was in "the best interest of the Cowboys". Jones and the Cowboys did rise for the anthem's rendition that night. Now when repeating all these quotes just do not forget to credit me and not the people who actually said them because that's the way Christopher Columbus would have wanted it. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.

After President Trump called kneeling NFL players "sons of bitches", the reaction across the league was swift and uniform. Pence wrote he "will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem".

On Wednesday, Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin, the team's NFL Players Association representative, didn't want to talk much about Jones or potentially being required to stand for the anthem.

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