As wolves circle around NFL owner Jerry Jones, he issues statement on Trump’s anthem defense

Dalls Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have angered some within the NFL after threatening a lawsuit and being critical of anthem protests, but that didn’t stop him from speaking out about President Trump.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. AP Photo/Ron Jenkins

During a Salvation Army media tour the day before Thanksgiving, Jones commented to CNN’s Coy Wire on President Trump’s involvement in the anthem controversy.

“Donald Trump is a longtime fan of sport and longtime fan of football and has been involved as (an) owner in professional football, so he has some knowledge,” said Jones, talking about Trump’s ownership of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals during the 80’s.

“I certainly think that the thing he is addressing is certainly a part of how we want to make our game better. There’s no question because of our visibility, our substantiveness, that we are looked to for social responsibility as well. This is all a part of what I’ve been talking about with the commissioner, and certainly I appreciate not only the President, but I want everybody to be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. And I want to do everything I can to make them a fan of the Cowboys or the NFL.”

“I just appreciate the interest,” said Jones of Trump.

Although Jones ‘took a knee‘ with his entire team before the anthem played in September, the Cowboys owner has since promised to bench any player who disrespects the anthem by refusing to stand. Since then, his lawsuit threat against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his mishandling of anthem protests has sparked reports that he could be forced to sell his team.

Many were upset about Jones & his Cowboys kneeling before the anthem in September, but the NFL owner has forbade ‘taking a knee’ while the anthem is played.

The New York Times has reported that Jones “has ended his threat” to sue:

Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys’ owner, has ended his threat to sue the N.F.L. and the six owners on the league’s compensation committee who are negotiating a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, ending one of the league’s most contentious internal standoffs in recent years.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons who is also the chairman of the compensation committee, Jones said that he had threatened to sue because he did not feel the committee understood his demand that all owners — not just those on the committee — have “a voice in approving the terms” of Goodell’s contract extension.

Now that the compensation committee “is receiving valuable feedback from a number of owners,” Jones said, he is “standing down from my threat of litigation against the committee.”


Nevertheless, “I probably have a much better relationship with the commissioner of the Salvation Army than I do right now with the commissioner of the NFL,” Jones told CNN’s Wire on Wednesday.

Which only makes sense.

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