No, gover­nor, Jones didn’t de­mand play­ers stand

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By W. Gard­ner Selby wgselby@states­man.com Poli­tiFact

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

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