Packers’ Turner criticizes Jones’ idea for pregame protest

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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Billy Turner sits on the bench during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Turner believes Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ suggested alternative to kneeling during the national anthem would defeat the purpose of the message players want to send. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

By STEVE MEGARGEE, the Associated Press

Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Billy Turner believes Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ suggested alternative to kneeling during the national anthem would defeat the purpose of the message players want to send. Jones spoke during a radio interview this week about how during a 2017 game he and his players knelt before the anthem but then stood during the anthem. Jones added that he “thought that was good” and “that’s the kind of thing we’ll be looking to see if we can implement.” Turner said part of the idea of protesting is to get the attention of people in power.