Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kneels with Dallas players before anthem in Arizona.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his team’s players in kneeling before the national anthem was performed, ahead of their game Monday night at Arizona.
Jones, head coach Jason Garrett and other Cowboys coaches and front office executives locked arms while standing on the field. Before the anthem, Jones and the players and coaches took a knee.
They then stood up, with arms still interlocked, for the anthem.
Some in the crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., where the Cowboys were taking on the host Cardinals, booed at the display. Arizona players also stood and linked arms during the anthem, but they did not take a knee beforehand.
“Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality,” Jones said at a postgame news conference. “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.
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