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Labor union files complaint against National Football League owner's decision to punish protesting players

Labor union files complaint against National Football League owner's decision to punish protesting players

As far as what constitutes "disrespecting the flag", Jones said: "You'll know it when you see it".

"If it is a private stadium, it is not a public forum and the person imposing the rule is not a government actor", said Stephen F. Ross, director of the Penn State University Institute for Sports Law, Policy, and Research.

Michael J. Golden, lecturer, trial advocacy program, University of Texas: "In order for professional football teams to be the most competitive they can be, the CBA gives management significant rights to decide who plays and who doesn't - and ultimately who gets cut and who gets kept".

Some Cowboys players were shocked to hear that they're owner, who not only donated 1 million to Donald Trump's campaign but considers the president a personal friend, and who took a knee with them that one Sunday before the national anthem was played, is still an old bigot.

Individual Cowboys players have yet to kneel during the anthem, although two have held up their arm and fist at the end of the song.

But those political motives of kneeling likely would not protect the players from discipline. "That's not why they're kneeling, but if it were, that would be something that would clearly be a protected activity".

"I'm hoping this doesn't go to hell and back on the labor board", Rathke said. "Period", Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. However, Jones took a knee with his club prior to the playing of the anthem before their September 25 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Around kickoff, Pence wrote on Twitter that he left because he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem". "And, so, again, I want to do everybody a service as I should in leading the team of saying let's be real clear about what our expectations are". The president has tweeted several times since then to keep the issue in play, and said Pence's walkout was at his request.

According to a report by ESPN.com, Jones joined players and coaches in a meeting Wednesday, where he said he made his controversial national anthem comments to draw attention from his players.

Commissioner Roger Goodell told club executives Tuesday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that the anthem issue is dividing the league from its fans.


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