Jerry Jones and the rest of the NFL owners approved a new policy today aimed squarely at national anthem protests. According to the new policy, those players wishing to protest must stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but if they come out on the field they must stand.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said
"We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand. That's all personnel, and to make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That's something that we think we owe. We've been very sensitive on making sure that we give players choices, but we do believe that moment is an important moment and one that we are going to focus on."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said
“We recognize with our visibility and the interest itself that it’s taken a life of its own. Let’s put the focus on what the NFL’s about and that’s playing football.”
Read the full statement from the NFL below
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pic.twitter.com/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018