Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects the team to welcome fans to their home games this fall and expressed his current take on the national anthem events in his first public comments of the 2020 season on Wednesday.
Jones, 77, declined to estimate the number of fans who might be allowed to attend matches in person at the AT&T Stadium, which has a maximum capacity of over 100,000 under normal conditions. However, the longtime Cowboys owner has expressed confidence in the team’s ability to maintain a safe environment for the local crowd at their state-of-the-art facilities.
“The Dallas Cowboys are planning to play football, and we are planning to play in front of our fans,” Jones said at a virtual Cowboys training camp press conference. “I think it’s important. I think it’s important individually. I think it’s important for the country. ”
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Jones noted that the Cowboys would “adhere to all protocols” and “adapt them to the uniqueness of our stadium” in order to accommodate a crowd. Previously, the franchise announced that it would suspend subscription packages for the 2020 season and limit the capacity of the AT&T stadium to comply with local public health guidelines.
A number of NFL teams, including the New York Jets and New York Giants, are expected to play fanless this fall. The NFL announced earlier this summer that all fans allowed to attend games will be required to wear face masks.
“We will have our challenges, the people who are there will be there of their own accord, just like the players who are on this field for the Cowboys are here because they chose to be here,” added Jones. “Our fans will be in the stadium because they chose to be there. ”
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Jones also raised the possibility of players’ national anthem protests this season following the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.
The Cowboys have a long-standing policy that players must defend the anthem before games. Jones did not say if the policy would remain in effect this season, but he did note that he would work with the players to develop the team’s approach to the situation, given ongoing protests against injustice. racial.
“I have nothing to prove about my position with the flag and the position of the Cowboys,” Jones said. “I have nothing to prove about my players and my support for the players. What I want us to show off and be a part of is a word called “grace”. Not only grace in our actions, but also grace in our understanding of where they come from.
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