Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says that the meeting owner Jerry Jones had with the team about having to stand for the national anthem was out of love, according to Todd Archer of ESPN. Jones originally said that any player who doesn’t stand for the national anthem would be benched.
“He’s very sensitive to some of the issues, as we all are, that the players are talking about,” said Garrett. “We all want to make an impact, and he’s someone that can help the players do that. He wanted to make sure they knew that.”
Garrett said the meeting was out of “love, admiration and respect for the players.”
“There’s no question that it’s a complex issue, and that’s why it continues to be in the forefront in a lot of ways,” added Garrett. “I think the biggest thing that we’ve tried to emphasize to our players is, the goal is to make an impact in the community. The goal is to make an impact on what the issues are. I think it’s important to identify the issues and identify the way you can make an impact. I think that was part of Mr. Jones’ message yesterday.”
Garrett also made sure to note that the team needs to be focused on football.
“I think like a lot of things in life, a lot of people say, ‘just focus on football.’ But as we all know in our lives, there’s a lot of other things going on in our lives. So, sometimes as a player, a coach, as a football team, you have to focus on this particular thing to address it, to solve it, to move on, so you can get back to the business of football.”