Labor Union Files Lawsuit Against Dallas Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones Over His Ultimatum To Players

A labor union in southeastern U.S. states representing workers filed a lawsuit against Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday in response to his latest ultimatum to his football players on Sunday in which he told them if they disrespect the American flag during the national anthem, they will be benched.

Local 100 United Labor Union Chief Organizer Wade Rathke told Fort Worth’s CBS 11 on Tuesday that Jerry Jones’ orders are illegal and said they have filed a charge with the National Relations Board.

“To all of a sudden threaten people that you’re going to bench them or fire them or write them up or whatever else for exercising these rights is against the law” said Rathke.

“We just think Mr. Jones stepped way out of bounds on this and probably wasn’t talking to a lawyer and probably was talking without thinking which is always a problem and didn’t realize his workers have rights under the national labors acts” Rathke added.

Rathke said it’s against the law to threaten his players and Mr. Jones needs to get back in bounds and let people exercise the rights we have in this country.

There are no existing NFL codes or bylaws mandating NFL players to stand for the national anthem.

Requiring uniformity over the national anthem has ruffled the feathers of some NFL players who have elected to kneel or sit down during the anthem to raise awareness about past racial injustices and inequalities done across the U.S. justice system, including police brutalities.

Next week, NFL owners will meet in New York and make decisions over the national anthem issue, including a decision about whether players can be mandated to stand.

President Trump has already weighed in heavily over this issue in a series of tweets on Twitter since last month.

During a October 9th tweet, President Trump offered a “big salute” to Jerry Jones for his decision to bench players who disrespect the American flag.

Trump tweeted, “A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag.’Stand for Anthem or sit for game!’ ”

On Tuesday President Trump took the anthem controversy a step further and displayed a draconian approach by claiming that America should change its tax laws to prevent the NFL from getting massive tax breaks if they disrespect our anthem, flag, and country.

“Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” Trump tweeted.

On Tuesday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement to NFL teams that was obtained by NFL insider  Adam Schefter from ESPN which he posted to Facebook.

In the statement, Goodell maintained that “everyone” should stand for the national anthem.

“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.” Goodell said.

Commissioner Goodell claims to care deeply about NFL players and said he respects their opinions and concerns about “social issues.”

“We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues.” Goodell added.

Commissioner Goodell believes that the controversy over the anthem is a barrier to honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues and said that we need to move past the controversy with the players.

What Commissioner Goodell failed to acknowledge is the fact that President Trump’s past inflammatory and reckless comments during a rally last month in Alabama in which he used derogatory language by calling protesting players  S.O.B.’s and shouted out that these type of players needed to be removed and fired, has sparked more controversy over the anthem issue and brought it to a whole new level.

The paternalistic and strong arm tactics from President Trump and Dallas Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones to assert patriotism on NFL players deserves criticism and has resulted in more distrust, and a lack of understanding about the underlying freedom of speech and First Amendment issues which are clearly under assault.

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