Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that players on his team will stand for the national anthem when the upcoming NFL season begins, but also agreed that it was problematic that President Donald Trump seemed so interested in the issue.

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Jerry Jones told reporters that the Dallas Cowboys would be required to stand for the national anthem, but that Donald Trumps involvement in the issue was problematic. (Image: Gus Ruelas/AP)

In a news conference held on Wednesday at the start of the Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California, Jones addressed a number of angles related to NFL player protests that take place during the national anthem before games.

Jones Finds Trumps Involvement Problematic

When it comes to his own team, Jones remained adamant that players should be on the field and standing for the national anthem, toe on the line, regardless of what other options might be available to them.

Obviously I wouldnt dare speak for any of the other owners, much less in general about 31 other owners, Jones told reporters. But as far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, you know where I stand. Our team knows where I stand on the issue, and thats where we are.

But at the same time, Jones seemed unhappy about the presidents involvement in the anthem issue.

[President Trumps] interest in what were doing is problematic, from my chair, and I would say in general the owners chair, Jones said. Its unprecedented, if you really think about it. But like the very game itself, thats the way it is and well deal with it.

NFL Protest Policy in Flux

Trump has once again been tweeting about the protest issue in response to the leagues changing stance on how teams are expected to handle such situations. In May, the NFL said that it would be implementing a new policy in which players would have the option to stand during the anthem or remain in the locker room while it was being played. Teams would be fined for violations of the policy, and could choose to enact further discipline against players if they wished to.

But last week, the NFL and the NFLPA issued a joint statement saying that the anthem policy would be frozen for the time being while the league and its players continued to discuss how pregame protests should be handled.

That announcement led to President Trump tweeting again on the subject that had taken up a surprising amount of his attention last season.

The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again cant believe it! Trump tweeted. Isnt it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!

Jones also had to talk about another controversy on Wednesday. Major League Baseball and many individual teams have cut ties with Papa Johns after a report that founder John Schnatter used a racial slur on a conference call last year. Jones said that the Cowboys couldnt drop the Papa Johns brand in the same way so many others have, as they actually own the 50 brand locations in Texas.

The bottom line is that the Cowboys and our relationships, we own those stores, Jones said. Its not an endorsement.

According to William Hill, the Dallas Cowboys are a 20/1 pick to win the 2019 Super Bowl.

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