On Monday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones discussed the team's policy that prohibits players from disrespecting the flag, which he had addressed on Sunday with reporters in the wake of the recent protests throughout the NFL.
Jones told ESPN that the policy had been around since last year, when the protests began, and states that if a player disrespects the flag, that player will not participate in that day's game. He added that not standing at attention during the anthem is what he considers unacceptable.
"It's an owner mentality," Common said, "like a slave owner mentality, to be honest. Like, 'You gonna do what I say on this.'"
"Other people choosing to put their hands over their heart. What makes that gesture better than somebody else who might be praying during the national anthem?" he continued. "Or if somebody says, 'I'm kneeling for what I believe in,' ... then they should be able to do that because that's what this country is about."
He added that the policy applies to all players and that he has "always had our players' backs on issues I've been criticized for."
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