No, governor, Jones didn’t demand players stand
Gov. Greg Abbott just celebrated what he described as an ultimatum from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to the football team’s players: If you don’t stand for the national anthem, you’re gone.
Abbott said in a tweet posted toward midnight Tuesday: “Thank you Jerry Jones: Cowboys Jerry Jones to Players: Stand for the Anthem or you’re off team.”
Abbott’s tweet pointed to a Uconservative.net web post from that day headlined: “Cowboys Jerry Jones to Players: ‘Stand For the Anthem or You’re Off the Team.’” Yet the site’s story, we noticed, doesn’t quote Jones making that statement to players other than to fold in a person’s unsourced July 27 tweet quoting Jones saying so.
So, did Jones tell players to stand up or pack up?
According to a September 2016 news blog post by The Dallas Morning News, Jones at the times expressed displeasure about Colin Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers quarterback, not standing for the playing of the anthem.
Kaepernick said he was staying seated to protest social inequality; he ultimately sat for the anthem through the team’s 16 regular-season games, though ESPN reported in March 2017 that Kaepernick, no longer a 49er, intended to