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Jerry Jones isn’t allowed to talk about the national anthem anymore, report says

Jerry Jones needs to stop talking about the national anthem.

That’s an order to the Dallas Cowboys owner that came straight from the NFL, according to a report Monday by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The league has been struggling with how to deal with players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. Back in May, NFL owners passes a rule that gave players the option of remaining in the locker room during the anthem. But earlier this month that policy was put on hold while the league and the players union attempt to come to an agreement on the issue.

On Wednesday, Jones revealed that his team will have its own rule in regard to the anthem.

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“Our policy is you stand for the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones told reporters as the Cowboys opened training camp.

President Trump tweeted his approval of Jones’ policy days later, even though the Cowboys owner called Trump’s continued tweets and remarks about the issue “problematic” during the same Wednesday session with reporters.

By Sunday, Jones apparently was done talking about the issue. He had been booked to be interviewed by several local media outlets that day, but notified them in advance that questions about his team’s anthem policy would not be permitted, the Star-Telegram reported.

As a result, at least one of those media outlets, Fox4 News in Dallas-Fort Worth, canceled its interview with Jones.

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charles.schilken@latimes.com

Twitter: @chewkiii


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