Cowboys owner Jerry Jones began his first public comments since the May 25 death of George Floyd with a premise.
“Everybody in this country knows where I stand and where the Cowboys stand when it comes to the flag,” Jones said in a Wednesday news conference. “Everybody also understands where I stand on backing our players—the Dallas Cowboys players.”
Where Jones stands, as of mid-August, isn’t explicitly for or against kneeling during the national anthem, a point of disagreement among many players and several owners across the league since Colin Kaepernick first kneeled in 2016.
Where Jones stands, he says, is looking to embody the word “grace.”
“That was then, two years ago,” Jones said of his 2018 stance that players must stand, “toe on the line,” for the anthem. “This is now. We’ve had very, very sensitive times.