Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the intention of the talk that Jerry Jones had with players came from the owner's "love, admiration and respect for the players."
ESPN reports that it was only days ago that Jones told players in a meeting that they must stand for the national anthem to show respect for the flag,
After telling reporters Sunday that a playerif he did not stand for the anthem, Jones again made that point to the Cowboys' players Wednesday, "adding context as to why it is important they stand."
In addition to Jones' personal beliefs, a source said Jones mentioned television ratings and sponsorships that ultimately affect the players as well. According to Garrett, Jones wanted to provide the players, "some avenues to help make the impact of the issues that we're most concerned about."
"He's very sensitive to some of the issues, as we all are, that the players are talking about," Garrett said. "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."
Star quarterbacksaid Wednesday night that the meeting went well.
"I mean we ironed out everything that we needed at this time," Prescott said.
Prior to their Sept. 25 game at the, the Cowboys followed Jones' lead in locking arms during pre-game introductions, taking a knee before the anthem and then during the anthem.
In two games since, the Cowboys have stood for the anthem like they always have. Defensive linemenand raised their fists at the end of the anthem prior to the Green Bay game. Garrett spoke to both players Monday and said neither would be disciplined.
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones said the players could still show a sign of protest as long as it was before the anthem.
"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," Garrett said. "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."
However, the "talk" itself did get completely rave reviews.