US President Trump says "not distracted" by NFL protests

Jerry Jones

The Cowboys players stood during the anthem.

"We want to stand and respect the flag, let's make no mistake of that", Jones said.

The Cowboys, including owner Jerry Jones and the coaching staff, briefly kneeled on the field before the anthem on Monday night in Arizona as a show of unity.

The NFL has played the national anthem before games for decades, but it wasn't until 2009 that it started playing the song with the players on the field.

Cowboys WR Brice Butler on Tuesday defended Jones and debunked the notion that Jones had banned players from protesting the national anthem.

The Cardinals all gathered together on the goal line as a team, some of them locking arms, during the anthem.

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys have to figure out how much of their latest slow start had to do with them spending the 48 hours before the game deciding how to respond to Trump's suggestion that National Football League players who kneel during the anthem should be fired.


The Dallas Cowboys capped off Week 3 of the NFL season with a 28-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football, but that wasn't the biggest story of the night.

I think most of America was surprised to see "America's team" protest the comments made by President Trump in such a fashion.

The Dallas Cowboys players, staff and owner Jerry Jones took a knee before the U.S. national anthem at Monday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in a protest against President Donald Trump. Trump wrote, adding that "ratings for NFL footballare way down".

"We showed the character of this team", Prescott said.

The businessman has said in the past that he did not want any players disrespecting the anthem, but he was happy to join the protest before it was played because he felt the club should make a statement against Trump. This has caused many-including the President of the United States-to voice criticism toward the league and its players.

Trump has spent several days lashing out at players who kneel, a practice that started with a handful of players to protest racial issues, including police brutality.

It's also possible that this will become the first step in an effort to divide the ownership ranks, with the President praising Jones while bashing others, either generally or individually.

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