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Trump's interest in NFL anthem issue is 'problematic,' Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says

Jerry Jones called President Donald Trump's interest in the NFL's national anthem policy "problematic." (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

While Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and President Donald Trump agree on the NFL's national anthem issue, Jones still has a problem with the president's continued involvement, according to ESPN.

Jones does not plan to allow players to stay in the locker room during the national anthem, as was allowed by the NFL's now-paused policy. Instead, Jones said the Cowboys' policy is "that you stand at the anthem, toe on the line."

As for Trump's interest in the NFL's handling of national anthem protests, however, Jones said he could do without that.

"His interest in what we're doing it problematic, from my chair, and I would say in general the owners' chair," Jones said at a news conference Wednesday. "It's unprecedented, if you really think about it. But like the very game itself, that's the way it is and we'll deal with it. We feel strongly about how we deal with it and we'll do so accordingly, but, yes, I, like everybody, would like for it to go away."

What has Trump said about the anthem protests?

Trump has slammed both the protesters and the team and league officials who have allowed them since the beginning of last season.

Most recently, Trump said that players should be suspended one game the first time they protest, and suspended for the entire season if the protest a second time.

When the NFL announced a policy that required standing for the anthem but provided players the option to stay in the locker room, Trump said that could be worse than kneeling.

What will the NFL do?

No one knows. Not long after creating a policy to regulate national anthem behavior, the NFL agreed to put it on hold while it negotiated with the players union (something the league probably should've done in the first place). The players union filed a grievance claiming the policy violated the collective bargaining agreement.

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