While the Cowboys already have a team policy in place regarding the anthem, Goodell's letter suggested a new rule, similar to the NBA's requirement for its players to stand for the anthem, could be enacted after discussing the matter at the fall meetings on October 17 and 18.
While most Cowboys declined comment after the meeting, defensive tackle David Irving - the only player, along with defensive end Damontre Moore, to continue an anthem protest by raising a fist after Jones gave his ultimatum on Sunday - suggested his employer's opinion may win out.
Local 100 of the United Labor Unions filed a complaint against Jones on Tuesday, alleging the Cowboys owner and general manager violated the National Labor Relations Act with his decree. "We will not disrespect the flag".
Next week, the NFL owners will discuss whether to change the written guidelines and require players to stand for the national anthem. And that happens with our players and our coaches each and every day - situations they have with their families, whether they're health concerns or some of the off-field issues that we all deal with in our lives.
Rathke said there is no distinction between benching a player for a game or firing him outright by releasing him.
"There's nothing that I've seen that shows the union that did file the [unfair labor practice] has any connection with the NFL Players Association, the NFL, or any particular player". "The players are here to serve me, they will do what I want no matter how much I pay them". "We are trying to send Mr. Jones a message that there is a law here".
Bailey said the team's focus did not appear to be affected Wednesday.
"Yesterday's meeting was about Jerry stating his position, and I think it was well received", the head coach said. "So in that sense, yeah, I think we're definitely a unified group". He is always speaking to the media about the team.
"I was listening to my music".