The NFL Players Association had this response to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who told the media after their loss to the Green Bay Packers, "If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play, period."
The statement from the NFLPA reads:
For Immediate Release
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October 8, 2017
NFL players are union members and part of the labor movement that has woven the fabric of America for generations. Our men and their families are also conscientious Americans who continue to be forces for good through our communities and some have decided to use their platform to peacefully raise awareness to issues that deserve attention.
It is a source of enormous pride that some of the best conversations about these issues have taken place in our locker rooms in a respectful, civil and thoughtful way that should serve as a model for how all of us can communicate with each other.
We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects. That is what makes us the land of the free and home of the brave.
Video in the player above is AUDIO only from Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones. Audio was recorded by NBC 5 Sports Reporter Jean-Jacques Taylor.