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On Pro Football: Goodell and N.F.L. Owners Break From Players on Anthem Kneeling Fight

The league might find resistance from players for any new directive on the anthem, setting the course for more public tension.

Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Green Bay Packers, was quick to question the commissioner’s motives:

Goodell’s letter was sent two days after the Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones — a leader among owners, a supporter of the president and never one to bite his tongue — said in no uncertain terms that he would bench any players who “disrespect the flag.”

“If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period,” Jones told The Dallas Morning News.

On Twitter, the president congratulated Jones for his stance.

Jones may be the most strident…

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