Dallas Cowboys Kneel, and Then Stand, Before Monday Night Game

Trump tweets that the Cowboys will keep standing for the anthem after he spoke to the owner

Trump tweets that the Cowboys will keep standing for the anthem after he spoke to the owner

Trump unleashed a tirade of strong comments against National Football League players who don't stand during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner".

"We also want to as a complete team, as players and an organisation, be able to, whenever we can, demonstrate that unity is important and equality is important".

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, center, takes a knee with the team prior to an National Football League game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Wow, what has become of sports in this great country that I am more eager to see the anthem than the actual game on the field? They then stood as the anthem was sung.

Most of the players locked arms with their teammates - some coaches and team owners also joined in.

The president tweeted that he spoke to Jerry Jones, and while the Dallas Cowboys owner took a knee with all his players and staff Monday night, it seems no more protesting of that fashion will be allowed.

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Brice Butler admitted that it was Jerry Jones who came to the team with what they ultimately did; kneel before the anthem in prayer and then stand during the anthem.

"You can not have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country", Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a trip to Indiana.

Players protested police brutality against African-Americans, as well as the controversial comments of President Donald Trump about athletes use of on-field means of self-expression.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said Friday that the team will no longer demonstrate with regard to the national anthem, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Other players and coaches indicated that their teams would discuss as a group how they want to proceed next weekend during the anthem.

"We've always rallied together for good causes, and I just love it when they speak out because people listen when they speak", Jones said.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem past year, refusing to stand to protest police shootings of unarmed African-Americans.

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