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Despite viral post, Jerry Jones never said he would fire players for not standing during anthem

Jones' stance puts Cowboys in spotlight ahead of Monday night game

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DALLAS – A viral post from 2016 is making its rounds on social media again after President Donald Trump shared his thoughts on players who kneel during the Star Spangled Banner.

The post from Cowboys Nation states Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called a meeting to inform Cowboys staff they would be fired if they did not "stand with (their) hand over (their) heart and with respect" during the Star Spangled Banner.

The full post says:

Jerry Jones, Owner of the Dallas Cowboys called a meeting with all of his Coaches, Players and field staff and firmly told them, "You are all simply paid performers on a stage and that field is my stage! You will stand, with your hand over your heart and with respect, when our Country's National Anthem is being played or you will no longer be a Dallas Cowboy, a Coach for the Dallas Cowboys or have any association with the Dallas Cowboy Organization! I will immediately fire you, no matter who you are!

The post is untrue. Jones never said that.

Jones, however, has voiced his stance on standing during the national anthem when he appeared on a Dallas sports radio show, 105.3 The Fan last month.

"I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have," Jones told hosts Shan and RJ. "I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it." 

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Jones' stance has put the Cowboys in the national spotlight ahead of the team's Monday night game against the Arizona Cardinals.

According to SportsDay, Cowboys' coach Jason Garrett doesn't expect his players to protest.

On Sunday, NFL players refused to stand or locked arms for the anthem, denouncing President Trump's remarks and protesting social injustices.