Chris Long

NFL doesn't change policy on national anthem, to President Trump's tweeting chagrin; next draft will be held in Dallas

NFL doesn't change policy on national anthem, to President Trump's tweeting chagrin; next draft will be held in Dallas

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones always has been a maverick.

Jones did deals with Nike and Pepsi when the rest of the NFL went with Reebok and Coke. He wasn’t a contrarian but a trendsetter, because where he went the rest of the league would typically follow.

That is not the case with his position on making it mandatory for players to stand for the national anthem.

Although Jones said last week that he would bench any player who refused to stand during the pregame flag ceremony — a position endorsed by President Trump — he doesn’t seem to be building anything close to a consensus among fellow owners. In this case, Jones is the outlier.

At the close of the league’s...

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