Trump claims Jerry Jones will get players to stop kneeling

Posted October 01, 2017

Trump unleashed a tirade of strong comments against National Football League players who don't stand during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner".

The Arizona Cardinals had their own symbol of unity after a weekend of protests in the NFL, gathering along the goal line arm-in-arm during the national anthem.

A smattering of Arizona fans booed the Cowboys when they took a knee. The Cardinals did not kneel but, like the Cowboys, all linked arms.

President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning saying he spoke with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones regarding NFL players standing for the National Anthem, and according to him, the exchange was productive. From left to right: Byron Bell, Tyron Smith, Dak Prescott, Chaz Green, La'el Collins, Zack Martin and Rod Smith.

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US President Donald Trump has been locked in a days-long feud with NFL players, owners and league officials over the symbolic protests aimed at drawing attention to racial injustice.

Trump's verbal assault may appeal to his conservative base as the Republican president grapples with critical issues including North Korea's nuclear threats, a humanitarian crisis in hurricane-struck Puerto Rico, an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the health care struggle in Congress.

The Cowboys' leadership council, a group of veteran players, met and decided on what they called a "unified statement" to be made Monday. Jones never said this. And our team has demonstrated that'.

Jones was the only owner not to release a statement in response to Trump's comments but said Monday he wanted the team's "actions to speak louder than words". "I will immediately fire you, no matter who you are!" a different meme supposedly quoting Jones said.

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Lee also argued that Trump has no right to get involved with the players' right to freedom of speech.

On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced on Friday that he and his teammates will kneel together prior to the national anthem on Sunday and then stand up for the national anthem, just as the Cowboys did Monday night. Find something else to do!'

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