NFL Protests-Benched for Kneeling

Camille Rivera
October 12, 2017

Members of the Dallas Cowboys link arms and kneel during the National Anthem before the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 25, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys had a team meeting Wednesday to discuss the anthem issue and air out their frustrations in the wake of Jones' comments. Understand? We will not. if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play.

"I don't think this unfair labor practice charge will go very far because, one, it hasn't been filed by the NFL Players Association, which is the union that represents the players", said Russell D. Cawyer, a Fort Worth-based lawyer who is a partner and chairman of Kelly Hart's labor and employment practice group.

The Cowboys have a bye this week but will return to action October 22 against the 49ers. "I've got my morals. Period", Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"The employer evidenced by repeated public statements is attempting to threaten, coerce and intimidate all Dallas Cowboys players on the roster in order to prevent them from exercising concerted activity protected under the act by saying he will fire any players involved in such concerted activity", the complaint to the NLRB states.

Watch Common speak with TMZ below to see what he says about Jerry Jones' new demands.

President Donald Trump has been pressuring NFL owners to discipline players who do not stand for the national anthem.

BC-FBN-NFL Protests-Benched for Kneeling, 1101 Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protestsAP Photo NAS115, TXEG101, OHJM101, CACC101, FLLAU211, NY150, NY184, NY199Eds: With AP Photos. In the past, those protections have only protected people from being punished for belonging to certain political parties but a creative lawyer might try to argue it covers protesting football players, too, he said. They are still being paid, and I don't think they necessarily have the right to play in games. If they are taking a knee in protest of something the owner has done to them, and it being connected to the conditions of employment, then they might have a case. "But these are workers with rights with the National Labor Relations Board".

Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week's League meeting.

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