Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

Cowboys owner violating players' rights

Cowboys owner violating players' rights

Jones told ESPN that the policy of suspending Cowboys players from games if they fail to stand during the anthem is not a new one, and has been in place since last season when Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, first began to kneel in protest at perceived police brutality toward minority groups in the United States.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the latest to stir up controversy regarding the National Football League protests, as he recently stated that any Cowboys player that "disrespects" the flag won't play, and Common has some serious thoughts on the matter.

According to a report by ESPN.com, Jones joined players and coaches in a meeting Wednesday, where he said he made his controversial national anthem comments to draw attention from his players.

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Individual Cowboys players have yet to kneel during the anthem, although two have held up their arm and fist at the end of the song. The move was applauded on Monday night by President Donald Trump, who tweeted: "A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag". While NFL teams are private businesses and not covered by the First Amendment, the use of publicly-funded stadiums and acceptance of government funding for pregame patriotic displays could bring legal liability. "So I think the likelihood on the basis of that charge alone, that this gets much steam, is probably unlikely". "Period", Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act allows employees to engage in activities to improve workplace conditions. However, another players said Jones still expected them to stand during the anthem.

Jones said that, in the wake of continued demonstrations, players who disrespect the flag will not play in that game.

"That is clearly a term and condition of employment", Cawyer said. You can't just roll over someone's rights when they are a worker.

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Paul Secunda, director, labor and employment law program, Marquette University: "I've heard a lot of fans talk about Constitutional rights".

Stewart J. Schwab, Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law, Cornell University: "The player who does not stand can be [accused of] conduct detrimental to the public confidence in the NFL".

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