Jerry Jones confronted by protesters over national anthem stance

Jerry Jones was confronted by two protesters for his national anthem stance Tuesday while on his way into the NFL fall owners meetings in a Battery Park City hotel.

The Cowboys owner said nine days ago that any Dallas player who does not stand for the anthem will not play. He had previously locked arms and taken a knee with his team, before the anthem was played, after President Donald Trump called protesting players a “son of a b---h.”

Carl Dix, an African-American man, and Linda Solotaire, a white woman, were in the Conrad New York lobby when they spotted Jones with his son Stephen and daughter Charlotte, both Cowboys executives. Dix and Solotaire represent a group called RefuseFascism.org.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Activist Glenn Cantave joins others in a coalition of advocacy groups who were 'taking a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on October 17, 2017 in New York City. Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A coalition of advocacy groups demonstrate outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on October 17, 2017 in New York City. Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A coalition of advocacy groups demonstrate outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on October 17, 2017 in New York City. Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on October 17, 2017 in New York City. Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on October 17, 2017 in New York City. Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on October 17, 2017 in New York City. Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Oct 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Black Lives Matter New York president Hawk Newsome speaks to media outside of the Conrad Hotel where the NFL owners meeting is set to take place. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; K Sloan sings the national anthem for protestors and media outside of the Conrad Hotel where the NFL owners meeting is set to take place. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports
Glenn Cantave poses after a rally with other demonstrators outside the location of the annual NFL owners meeting in New York City, NY, U.S. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Demonstrators rally outside the NFL owners meeting in New York City, NY, U.S. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Demonstrators rally outside the location of the annual NFL owners meeting in New York City, NY, U.S. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Dix said he told Jones: “We have seen where your program of muzzling black football players has come down to. The players are right to take a knee during the national anthem to highlight racial injustice to black people.”

Jones seemed surprised and then unfazed by the protesters and was led away by security. The two protesters were shouting, “Take a knee against white supremacy."

As this was going on, Roger Goodell and 11 owners, including John Mara of the Giants, were meeting at the league’s midtown offices on Park Avenue with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and 13 players, including Kelvin Beachum and Demario Davis of the Jets and Mark Herzlich of the Giants. That preceded the regularly scheduled ownership meeting. They were discussing social reform programs and the protests during the national anthem by players, which has created backlash against the league by some fans and sponsors.

There were about five or six protesters standing outside the hotel. Dix and Solotaire were the only two who had gone up a flight of stairs to the lobby to speak to Jones, who did not respond to them.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones arrives for the NFL owners meeting in New York City, NY, U.S. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Chairman of the New York Giants Steve Tisch arrives for the NFL owners meeting in New York City, NY, U.S. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft arrives for the NFL owners meeting in New York City, NY, U.S. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank arrive together for the NFL owners meeting in New York City, NY, U.S. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars Shahid Khan arrives for the NFL owners meeting in New York City, U.S., October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
President of the New York Giants John Mara arrives for the NFL owners meeting in New York City, U.S., October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie arrives for the NFL owners meeting in New York City, U.S., October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Oct 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Giants chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch attends the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaks to members of the media as he exits the NFL owners meeting in New York City, U.S. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Oct 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports
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After confronting Jones, Dix spoke out against the Trump-Pence administration and announced his group is organizing a Nov. 4 event. According to a card they were handing out, “We will take to the streets across this country and stay there — day after day, night after night — not stopping until our demand is met: this Nightmare Must End! The Trump/Pence Regime must go! No! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a Fascist America.”

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