Additionally, while Dallas receiver Dez Bryant said the team's actions were "a clear shot at Trump" for disparaging fellow NFL players, tight end Jason Witten said he refuses to protest during the national anthem.
Just because someone can throw, catch, or hit a ball, that means I should take them seriously as a political spokesperson?
However, "I want everyone to know that I've asked the players ... not (told)".
2 sources told @nbcdfw President Trump blew up Jerry's cell Monday calling him 4 times throughout the day to talk about anthem stuff. Wow. Given how rampant the team-wide protests were in Week 3, the viewing public should expect more instances of these acts of dissent in the weeks to come, and Jones believes that this certainly is the case.
Jones, one of at least seven owners who donated to Trump's campaign or inauguration festivities, took his kneeling idea to players shortly before Monday night's game.
"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.
"I would anticipate maybe this one was stronger this week than it's ever been, because (Trump's) comments affected people on such a different level", Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. That's what got the players to unite. Even those men that walked down the streets in Charlottesville, Va. carrying the tiki lights and hollering (and) inciting violence, he never called them SOB.
Trump's behavior-which is more reminiscent of a scorned ex-girlfriend than the President of the United States-indicates the president may be more concerned with National Football League protests than he's trying to lead on. "Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy". Jones and the players then walked to the sideline, where they stood with locked arms as Jordin Sparks sang the anthem. Trump didn't stop there but continued with his open critic of the league, players, teams and team owners.
It's not a political platform.
Hillary Clinton, Trump's ex-rival in the 2016 presidential contest, blasted Trump for targeting black players and stoking racial tensions.
Agree with it or not, it seems as though Prescott wants to keep the focus on sports.