Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Kneels With Team Before National Anthem, Trump Responds [VIDEO]
Arizona fans booed the Dallas Cowboys, but they soon realized that they may have spoken too soon.
Week 3 of the NFL regular season has been nothing short of controversial as nearly every team had some sort of response to remarks from President Donald Trump that criticized the league– specifically its owners and players who peacefully protest.
On Sunday we saw some players kneel while others sat during the anthem. We saw players and team personnel locked arm in arm and some teams who decided to skip the anthem altogether.
We also saw the backlash from some who were upset by what they were seeing—most of it online—as well as fans who claimed they would "never watch or support the NFL again."
So on Monday night, during the nationally televised final game of the week between the Cardinals and the Cowboys, it's safe to say all eyes were on Arizona. After nearly every NFL team had issued some sort of response or public reaction, what would happen?
Many thought that Jerry Jones' stance was already clear: "Stand up or you're off the team"—but we found that viral story to be "fake news."
On Monday night the Dallas Cowboys did something that no other team had done before. With billionaire owner Jerry Jones as the centerpiece the entire team, including coaches and personnel took a knee.
As Arizona Cardinal fans began to boo the Cowboys, the entire country watched as the Dallas Cowboys got up from their knees and stood for the national anthem in primetime. For those who booed, ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt had the perfect response.
Jerry Jones spoke with the media and discussed what led to their ultimate decision.
Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality. They were very much aware that statement, when made or when attempted to be made in and a part of the recognition of our flag, can not only lead to criticism but also controversy. It was real easy for everybody in our organization to see that the message of unity, the message of equality was getting, if you will, pushed aside or diminished by the controversy. We even had the circumstances that it was being made into a controversy.
The Dallas Cowboys owner said the NFL was well aware of their plan.
We planned and it was executed according to plan that we would go out and kneel in prayer, or kneel and basically stand and make the statement regarding the need for unity and the need for equality. Then we immediately turned around, stood up, walked over to the sideline. And that big American flag, it came down that field, and we all stood toes-out on the field and recognized and respected the American flag and the national anthem. So it was a coordinated effort. It was planned and it was executed at the same time that our team was getting ready to play this Cardinal team. I’m very proud of it.
President Donald Trump also tuned in, according to his Twitter account.
What are your thoughts on what the Dallas Cowboys did before and during the national anthem on Monday night? What are your thoughts on Scott Van Pelt's response?
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