Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Wants To \'play The Bad Guy\' In National Anthem Controversy: Report

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to 'play the bad guy' in national anthem controversy: Report

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones added fuel to the national anthem controversy when he said he would bench any player who didn't stand during the playing of the national anthem.

"I know this, we cannot ... in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag," Jones told reporters Sunday after the Cowboys loss to the Green Bay Packers. "But if there's anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play. OK? Understand? If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won't play. Period."

Jones said his statements were designed to play the bad guy and deflect attention away from the frustrated players, according to a report. 

The report added that Jones and coach Jason Garrett met with the Cowboys players Wednesday and the owner painted a larger picture for the players that included the protests' impact on sponsors and television ratings. 

Jones' declaration led to speculation NFL owners are considering a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the players would not be punished for not standing, but the issue would likely be No. 1 topic at next week's owners meeting.

-- Geoffrey C. Arnold | @geoffreyCarnold

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