New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston met in the tunnel underneath Raymond James Stadium following Thursday night’s game, sharing an extended conversation that Winston had hoped would happen.
“I just said, ‘It was an honor.’ I told him thank you. A lot,” Winston said after the Buccaneers’ 19-14 loss. “That’s a blessing, man, to meet someone like that. I dream to be able to be the type of quarterback he is for his team to our team.”
On Wednesday, the president said via Twitter that he had spoken with Jones, tweeting in part: “Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”
Some inferred that the president’s tweet was equal parts attaboy and guarantee that the team would continue, perhaps under Jones’ orders, to stand in unison for the anthem.
“The implication that there was some kind of pat on the back is really not the case,” Jones said. “It was a simple discussion.”
Yes, Jones said, he has asked players to stand for the anthem because “the flag is first,” acknowledging that some Cowboys, notably wide receiver Dez Bryant, were being pressured to show some form or protest.
That’s the reality of the situation, he said, as is how fans feel about protests Cheap Jerseys Online connected to the anthem: “We recognize the most important thing for the NFL is to leave the impression Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping that we’ve not dishonored the flag. Perception is real.”