Jerry Jones says Cowboys players who disrespect the flag will not play

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on Sunday that the team will not tolerate players who "disrespect the flag" or protest the national anthem.

Speaking after the Cowboys lost 35-31, thanks to a last-minute drive from Aaron Rodgers, Jones said any players who disrespect the flag "will not play."

"If there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play," Jones said (via ESPN). "We will not ... if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period."

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ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys talks with owner Jerry Jones prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 34-31. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gets a Arkansas Razorbacks Jersey for the 1961 Arkansas National Championship team during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies on September 23, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: (L-R) Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys talks with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers before a game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 17: Dallas Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones shakes hands with a fan during warmups before the game against the Denver Broncos. The Denver Broncos hosted the Dallas Cowboys at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, September 17, 2017. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, left, team owner Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones, right, in the 'War Room' as the Cowboys take part in the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the team Headquarters at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys draft pick Vidauntae 'Taco' Charlton with owner Jerry Jones, left, and head coach Jason Garrett, right, at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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According to ESPN, the topic was raised after Vice President Mike Pence left the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game early on Sunday after players knelt during the national anthem. In a statement, Pence said he will not dignify an event that disrespects the military and the US.

The event comes after President Donald Trump said NFL owners should "fire" any player that kneels during the anthem. Trump on Sunday said that he told Pence to leave early if any players knelt.

On September 25, in the wake of Trump's comments and widespread protest around the NFL, Jones and the Cowboys linked arms and knelt before the anthem, but stood during the anthem. Following the Cowboys' gesture, Trump said he spoke to Jones — who donated to Trump's campaign — and that the team will stand for the anthem going forward.

"We made our expression," Jones said on Sunday. "I'm very supportive of the team, but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys — I don't care what happens — under no circumstances will we as an organization, coaches, players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag."

Kneeling during the anthem was a protest started last season by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness about police brutality and social injustice. Many other players who have since knelt have said the protest is not meant to disrespect the military but to raise awareness for social injustice.

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