The entire Dallas Cowboys team — along with owner Jerry Jones — locked arms and took a knee on the field before Monday Night Football’s national anthem.
The Cowboys then retreated to the sidelines and locked arms again during Jordin Sparks’ rendition of the anthem. The Arizona Cardinals also locked arms during the anthem in a show of unity.
The ownership of “America’s Team” told ESPN they were taking a knee “as a statement of equality and representation of unity.”
The incident comes amid a national firestorm that was sparked after critical remarks from President Trump about the players kneeling.
Jones, the owner of “America’s Team,” is a supporter of President Trump. He said on Sunday that players should not kneel during the anthem.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell voiced his support for the players’ action.
“Great show of unity. Enjoy tonight’s great matchup,” Goodell tweeted along with a video of the anthem.
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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 26, 2017