Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed their own version of unity Monday night, kneeling on the field before rising as a group prior to the playing of the national anthem.
The prisoner of war, who was held and tortured for five-and-a-half years in Vietnam, struck back at the president's attack on athletes who take a knee in protest. Jones then stood with the players and interlocked arms throughout the song.
"The reason I'm particularly proud of this team and the coaches that coach them is because we all agreed that our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality", Jones said. It was just more drive and determination - brought out by the latest round of doubting and dissing him. "We invite you to unite as well, and do the same with your fellow fans, regardless of jersey color".
The Cardinals gathered on the goal line as a team, some of them locking arms, during the anthem.
"I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognise the American flag and all the people who have made this great country, the very opportunity for us to even be there in front of the nation".
Talk about changing the game plan around. "[President Trump] crossed a line".
Trump kicked off his battle with the largest-grossing USA professional sports league at a rally on Friday, when he said any protesting player was a "son of a bitch" who should be "fired."Those remarks touched off protests by dozens of NFL players, coaches and even some owners at games on Sunday, along with criticism from many corners of the sports world".
And he was at it again on Monday morning.
The president sparked the mass demonstrations that took place at every National Football League stadium this past weekend by calling players who protest during the anthem "sons of bitches" and demanding they be fired during a rally in Alabama. Maybe he's trying to be a more disciplined, execute-the-play type. But as well as events on the field, all eyes will once again be fixed on the sidelines as the United States national anthem plays prior to kick-off.
The Cowboys and their owner did kneel, though not during the anthem.
When asked if the Broncos offered a blueprint to slow down the Cowboys high-powered offense, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said only if you have those players. She didn't provide clarification on the message.
Arizona had their own symbol of unity, joining the protests from the National Football League as well.
"I was just hoping I didn't helicopter", Prescott said of his touchdown run. "I personally don't believe the Anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest". He commended his players previous year for not choosing the anthem as a time to protest. They made clear that drivers and others could be fired if they don't stand during the national anthem.