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Jones tells Cowboys to respect the flag, VP walks out of Colts-49ers game

Two stories surfaced Sunday in the continuing sage of National Football League players of kneeing during the playing of the National Anthem at football games.

On Sunday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence left the Colt’s-49ers game after about a dozen San Francisco 49ers players took to their knees during the National Anthem. Pence and his wife attended the game in Indianapolis Sunday. Pence was the Governor of Indiana until he took over as the Vice President of the United States in January.

On Sunday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones drew a definitive line in the sand saying if there was any “disrespecting the flag,” then they wouldn’t play, SportsDay reported.

“If there is anything disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period. We’re going to respect the flag,” Jones said following the Cowboys’ loss to the Packers. “We cannot in the NFL, in any way, give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. We cannot do that.”

Rick Manning, President of American for Limited Government issued a statement on Monday praising the Vice President for his decision to leave the Colts-49ers game.

“Entertainers performing for the National Football League are no different than stage performers for the play Hamilton. If they choose to make their performances exclusionary and their producers and owners allow it, then the rest of us who love America have every right to no longer pay their salaries through attendance, listening to or viewing broadest of their product,” Manning wrote.

Manning continued, “The truth is that with Sundays back, more will go to church, mow their lawns and play with their kids rather than wasting time watching overgrown millionaires bash into each other. I stand with the President and Vice President for the National Anthem and flag, and I will not stand for those who refuse to do the same.”

CNN news commented about the cost to the taxpayers on Pence visit to the game and they estimated that at $242,500.

Jones summed up his feeling by concluding, “We as a team are very much on the page together. We’ve made our expression that we’re together. I’m very supported of the team but under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys, I don’t care what happens, under no circumstances as an organization or as coaches and players, not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag, Period.”

Jones did participate along with players in kneeling before the anthem was played in their game against the Arizona Cardinals on September 25, but said if it came to a decision between supporting each other or the flag, his team would not “disrespect the flag.”

Cowboy’s linemen, Damontre Moore and David Irving raised their fist at the conclusion of the anthem, but stood along with the rest of the team during the playing of the National Anthem.