Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

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President Trump To Jerry Jones: NFL 'Can't Win' Anthem Issue, Per Report

May 30, 2018 - 2:40 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that president Donald Trump told him that criticism of NFL players who protest during the national anthem is "a very winning, strong issue for me."

"Tell everybody, you can't win this one," Trump told Jones, the report says. "This one lifts me."

Jones reportedly made the comments in a sworn deposition as part of Colin Kaepernick's grievance against NFL owners. 

NFL owners recently approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

According to the report, Jones also said that "you cannot piss off a large percentage of your constituency." 

"Let’s (not) give (Trump) that much credit," Jones said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "But I recognize he’s the president of the United States."