Al Sharpton says Jerry Jones has plantation mentality

Al Sharpton says Jerry Jones has plantation mentality

Employment law allows private sector employers great latitude in restricting employee conduct and speech while at work.

ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted out quotes from one anonymous player who seems apoplectic.

"Jerry Jones' comments are more than tone-deaf, more than misinformed and misguided - they are a public commitment by an National Football League owner to violate his players' constitutional right to free speech - one of the principles on which our nation was founded", said Tony Covington, a former National Football League player who now serves as the NAACP's Senior Director of Corporate Affairs.

Stewart J. Schwab, Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law, Cornell University: "The player who does not stand can be [accused of] conduct detrimental to the public confidence in the NFL".

While the Cowboys already have a team policy in place regarding the anthem, Goodell's letter suggested a new rule, similar to the NBA's requirement for its players to stand for the anthem, could be enacted after discussing the matter at the fall meetings on October 17 and 18.

But those political motives of kneeling likely would not protect the players from discipline.

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Jones said Sunday, "If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won't play".

"I'm hoping this doesn't go to hell and back on the labor board", Rathke said.

"Jerry Jones' decision in many ways smacks of a plantation mentality", Sharpton said. Another said they had a better feeling for Jones' comments because at first he wondered if Jones had turned against them, according to the source. "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". "I don't want there to be any misunderstanding as to where I want the personnel of the Cowboys to be when we're at the No. 1 workplace we have, which is the field and the sideline on game day".

"It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY", Trump tweeted on Wednesday in response to news that NFL team owners and players would talk about the issue next week in previously scheduled owners' meetings.

On Sunday night, the NFL Players Association said that discussions on social issues should not be stifled.

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