Trump starts morning off by slamming NFL

The Arizona Cardinals players, coaches and officials linked arms in the end zone during the national anthem prior to Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, interlocked arms before the anthem played.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - who donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee - joint his team's protest, which was planned during a series of meetings between coaches and players over the past two days.

As they took a knee collectively, boos could be heard echoing around University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

"The objectives, as much as anything else, was to somehow, some way demonstrate unity and demonstrate equality", he said. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in August he wasn't a fan of the anthem protests spreading. The Cowboys tweeted a picture with the hashtag #FootballIsFamily. The demonstration, after which the team stood and linked arms during the anthem, was a show of solidarity in the face of comments made by President Donald Trump over the weekend.

The Cowboys' plan for their pregame display was formulated during a series of meetings Sunday and Monday, according to a person familiar with the planning.

Without identifying Kaepernick, Trump aimed a Friday talk at a Huntsville, Alabama, rally at those players who have knelt for the anthem.

After warm-ups on Monday night, they went into the dressing room and returned to the field for the anthem, lining up between the sideline and the yard markers on the field.

When asked if he had any response to Trump's comments, he said "I want our actions to be louder than words". "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!"

While the meaning behind why each individual chose to make a statement may be murky, it's clear that it was an overall response to President Donald J. Trump's attacks against athletes in the National Football League and NBA over the weekend.

However, they stood back up for the singing of the anthem itself, but nonetheless sent out a clear message to Donald Trump.

There was one form of protest that everyone seemed to be okay with though standing with their arms locked.

Jones, though, was not among them, and last week he told Fox Business, "I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag".

"They were very much aware that that statement, when made or attempted to be made in and a part of the recognition of our flag, cannot only lead to criticism, but also controversy".

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