A labor union in Frisco, Texas has filed a complaint against the Dallas Cowboys following owner Jerry Jones’ recent mandate concerning national anthem protests, according to ESPN.
ESPN on Wednesday reported that Tuesday’s filing by Local 100 of the Union Labor Unions alleges Jerry Jones violated the National Labor Relations Act with his recent remarks.
Jones said last Sunday that he would not let any players “disrespecting the flag” during the national anthem play for the Cowboys.
“The employer, evidenced by repeated public statements, is attempting to threaten, coerce and intimidate all Dallas Cowboys players on the roster in order to prevent them from exercising concerted activity protected under the act by saying that he will fire any players involved in such concerted activity,” the filing to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says.
Some Twitter users on Wednesday debated the union’s complaint against Jones, the latest wrinkle in raging debate over anthem protests in the National Football League (NFL).
Jones has said that players who do not stand for the anthem will not play, not that they would get fired.
Local 100’s chief organizer, however, on Tuesday said that is a “distinction without a difference when it comes to the law.”
“You can’t discipline somebody for something that is a right they have under the law, whether that discipline be termination or benching or giving a slap on the wrist or writing up in their files they’ve been a bad boy,” Wade Rathke said.
Rathke also said that the NLRB will assign a field agent to probe the claim for a violation of the act.
The union organizer added that if there is a violation, it will go to trial if no settlement is reached.
Scores of NFL coaches, executives and players have knelt during the national anthem since President Trump criticized the move last month.
Trump in September called for NFL employees performing the move to be fired, and he has since called it “disgraceful.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 began kneeling during the national anthem to protest America’s racial injustice.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday sent a letter to the league’s teams expressing his opinion that “everyone should stand for the national anthem.”
Goodell added that a plan to address the issue will be reviewed with the teams at next week’s league meeting.
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