Report: NFL orders Jones to stop talking about anthem

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reacts during training camp at River Ridge Fields on Thursday.Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

The NFL has told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to stop talking about the national anthem.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones was scheduled to speak to several Dallas-area media outlets on Sunday, but told them that he would not answer questions about the anthem policy.

Jones said last week that the Cowboys will stand on the field during the national anthem this upcoming NFL season, going against a league policy on the issue.

"Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line," Jones said.

His son Stephen, who is team's executive vice president, said the players will stand "if they want to be a Dallas Cowboy."

The NFL and its players association "have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy," they said in a joint statement on July 19. They added that no new rules would be "issued or enforced for the next several weeks."

In May, NFL owners voted on a new national anthem policy, removing a requirement for players to be on the field for the anthem, and giving the players the option to stay in the locker room.

Teams who did not adhere to the policy and "do not show proper respect for the flag and anthem" on the sidelines were subject to fines.

The anthem issue has been a divisive one, with some feeling that players who don't stand for the song are being disrespectful to, among others, the U.S. military. Others feel it is the players' right to protest perceived social injustice peacefully.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement in 2016 to kneel during the national anthem as a protest to perceived police brutality against African-Americans, social injustice and racial inequality.

Kaepernick and former 49ers safety Eric Reid have both filed collusion cases against the league after failing to land jobs as free agents.

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