Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a Trump supporter, has said in the past that National Football League players not using their visibility to support America and the flag is “is really disappointing”, so many wondered how he’d respond on Monday, especially given a false report that he would fire any player or coach who didn’t stand.
Some in the crowd booed at the display, which Jones later said was “a statement about unity and. a statement about equality”.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast”.
What was different about the Cowboys’ protest compared to other NFL teams’ actions on Sunday was that the team did its protest before the national anthem was played.
But Trump wrote Tuesday that the fact that the Dallas team then stood up for the national anthem represented “big progress being made”. Hundreds of players, coaches and even some executives and owners took part in the demonstration, and now the last two teams to play in Week 3 are the Cowboys and Cardinals. They continued to link arms during the anthem.
At Monday night’s game, the Arizona Cardinals players, coaches and officials linked arms while Sparks sang the anthem.
“For people to disrespect [the military] by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, I think is disgraceful”, Trump said. Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell and his family and general manager Steve Keim joined them.
Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, started the form of protest previous year as a means to draw attention to unarmed black people being killed by the police and other oppression of minorities.
The NFL has played the national anthem before games for decades, but in 2009 it began to play the song with the players on the field.