Jerry Jones
Protestors who disagreed with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones anti-protesting stance approached him regarding the issue. He is pictured on Sept. 9, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. Getty Images

Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones had a close encounter with protesters in the lobby of a New York City hotel Tuesday where NFL owners and executives were conducting business meetings.

NFL players met with league executives and the Players Association along with 11 owners at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Manhattan to "review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change."

Jones attended a general meeting at the hotel and had been approached by two protesters who began to voice their issues regarding his anti-protesting stance. One man loudly confronted Jones, who seemed to have taken a moment to hear out his message before he was escorted off by security.

"Gladiators who are well paid to beat each other's brains outs, but have to keep their mouths shut for talking about injustice," one protester said. "Look at the videos of the police getting away with murder, and tell me the players are wrong to protest it and that they have no right to do that.

"People need to take a knee against white supremacy and people need to stand up against you and your buddy Donald Trump and drive this whole regime out and it begins Nov. 4."

The protester's words come in response to Jones, who has been vocal regarding his disapproval of NFL players who protested during in-game performances of the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Jones publicly threatened to sideline any of his players who opted to take part in the protests, which sparked controversy and disapproval from the Trump administration.

The protests started when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat in a 2016 preseason game during the national anthem, in protest of police brutality. Since then, more players have joined in on the symbolic protest by kneeling, sitting or locking arms.

The meeting Tuesday ruled that players would not be penalized should they engage in activism during the anthem. The decision prompted a response from the president, who has been roundly opposed to the displays of activism.

"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem," he tweeted Wednesday morning. "Total disrespect for our great country!"

After the meeting, 49ers owner Jed York publicly responded to the president's remarks.

"We need to be above it. We need to be above petty attacks from anybody because racial and socio-economic inequality has existed in this country for too long," York told reporters. "We need to get the focus on that and we need to make sure that we make progress there. You’ve got to block out the noise and you have to go do your job.

"And that’s what we need to focus on. Are people going to slip? Is somebody going to say something or tweet something? Probably. But we can’t let that detract from the overall goal of progressing these issues and making sure that we are a unified front with the players."