Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kneels before the national anthem
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Before the national anthem was played during the Cowboys/Cardinals game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his players and knelt. He also locked arms with them as the anthem was sung by Jordin Sparks.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett joined the protest as did Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones.
Last week, Jones told Fox Business Channel that protesting during the national anthem wasn't the right place to express your views. Jones' comments came before President Trump called for players to be fired if they chose to protest.
“I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag,” Jones said. “So that’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little bit for it."
Over 200 NFL players sat or knelt during the national anthem throughout NFL stadiums. Teams such as the Steelers, the Titans and the Seahawks chose to remain in the locker room as the anthem was being sung.
On Monday, President Trump responded to the protests on Twitter reiterating his stance that players should stand.
National anthem singer Jordin Sparks had a bible verse written on her hand as she sang the anthem, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The verse, found in Proverbs 31:8-9, says "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."