As the NFL players’ protests during the national anthem continue to be a controversial issue well into the 2017 season, some team owners believe there will be a change to the league’s anthem policy during the offseason.
The protests began last season when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem to protest racial inequality. The protests carried into this season with more players following Kaepernick’s lead, raising the attention of President Donald Trump and NFL sponsor Papa John’s and fueling a firestorm among fans.
The Washington Post reached out to the NFL, but the league declined to comment on the matter.
In a letter sent to Jones’ attorney, David Boies, a group of team owners expressed their frustration with the Cowboys owner and accused him of “conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests” in regard to his attempt to block commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension.
The letter, first reported by The New York Times and Wall Street Journal on Wednesday and later obtained by multiple media outlets, also accused Jones of publicizing “outdated” information about the discussions in an effort to slow the agreement on a new deal.
Jones was given a cease-and-desist order by a half-dozen members of the owners’ Compensation Committee after a committee conference call Monday that threatened fines, suspension and docking Cowboys draft picks as punishment for his interference.
The warning is perceived as NFL owners firing back at Jones after he threatened to sue the NFL and individual owners over the contract extension and negotiations in which he claims the committee has misled to the rest of the owners.