Jerry Jones on Fans Turning Away From the Cowboys if Players Protest During the National Anthem: 'It's a Huge Issue'


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - All eyes before Sunday night's season opener will be on the Cowboys players and coaches as the national anthem begins to play at the brand new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

No Cowboys player has ever taken a knee to protest social justice during the playing of the national anthem.

Cowboys fans find themselves on both sides of the fence when it comes to players protesting. Some find it disrespectful to those who have served in our nation's military, while others support the players and their right to protest however they choose.

Jones was asked about the feelings among the fans who don't want to see politics mixed in with the sport.

"That is a huge issue. Huge. You know by just the nature of the way that I run the team how much I appreciate the interest that's in the Dallas Cowboys. Now I know there's interest just because they want to see us get beat, but still the big interest is there. I'm very sensitive to that. That's exactly why I've said that I want our players to be very sensitive to just how important it is to the majority of our fans, more than any other team, the majority of our fans how sensitive they are recognizing what this great country is and what this flag stands for.

"Everybody knows where I stand. And there's no equivocation there at all. I feel fortunate to be a part of an entity, the Dallas Cowboys, and a sport that has that much interest. Consequently, I want everybody to understand that if any player that is standing out there has a serious, serious, serious awareness of the kind of sensitivity there is there and they ask for help. It's not good to be obstreperous or anything if you're asking people to see it through your eyes and see it in your way. It's important to show the kind of grace. It's all about trying hard to move the ball forward to see where the other guy is coming from. Not necessarily to agree, but to see where he is coming from. I hope the Dallas Cowboys can be part of that just because that's of interest in what we're talking about this morning."

Listen to the entire interview with Jones below.