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Cardinals stand, lock arms for national anthem; Cowboys briefly kneel, then stand

Cardinals stand, lock arms for national anthem; Cowboys briefly kneel, then stand”

On Monday night, Jerry Jones, a known Trump supporter, linked arms and took a knee with the Cowboys for almost 20 seconds before the national anthem, drawing ire from the home crowd in Arizona who profusely booed the team.

"I was unable to sleep last night", Roethlisberger said in a statement.

"I wanted our actions to be louder than words. I'm not going to go down that road".

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, whose father is a retired Marine master sergeant and whose half-brother died in Afghanistan as a defense contractor, said Tuesday on ESPN's NFL Live that he will kneel until Trump apologizes.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of [color]", Kaepernick stated. Not at all. I have plenty of time on my hands. All I do is work and, to be honest with you, that's an important function of working.

"It's called respect for our country", he said, according to the BBC.

Among his other tweets Tuesday: "The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations".

Trump has claimed that kneeling during the anthem is disrespectful to American servicemen and -women and the national anthem.

Hours later, the President went back in on athletes following in the knee prints of Kaepernick, who has said he refuses to stand during the anthem because he can not "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color".

The Cowboys (2-1) are tied for the division lead despite the troubling outing in Denver - the worst game together for Prescott, last year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Elliott.

After the game, Jones told the media that the Cowboys' demonstration was about a "need for unity and equality", and he said he was very proud that the Cowboys stood for the flag, adding that he did not talk any Cowboys players out of kneeling during the anthem if they chose to do so.

The latest chapter in the controversy came Friday night when Trump told those attending a political rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who stages a protest during the National Anthem. New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady, friends of Trump's, took issue with his remarks.

Nike Inc said it supported athletes who had joined the protests.

"They were fighting for our country, they were fighting for our flag, they were fighting for our national anthem and for people to disrespect that by kneeling for the national anthem is disrespectful", he said. "They addressed it by kneeling before the anthem, and they all stood in unity during the anthem".

While The Wrap speculates that televising the anthem could capitalize on ratings intrigue in the wake of a national news story, "Monday Night Football" and NFL broadcasts at large have seen a big decline in ratings.

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" game, the Washington Redskins' lopsided 27-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders, nabbed an 11.6 overnight rating compared to a 12.9 rating for a match-up between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys one year ago.

Jones' decision to kneel was most notable, however, as he has been an outspoken supporter of the president and previously said he did not support anthem protests.



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