Trump says protests will hurt National Football League business

Jerome Frank
October 1, 2017

Look, I have no problem with players protesting whatever they feel like protesting, I mean, this is America and they have the same first Amendment rights that I do, as well as every single American in this country does.

On Monday night, Jones joined Cowboys players in taking a knee before the anthem - in an act of solidarity before their game against the Cardinals in Arizona.

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.

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.

26 NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem prior to games.

To wrap things up, Jones spoke briefly about the Cowboys game against the Rams on Sunday. But the Cowboys stood up before the national anthem actually began. "Big progress being made-we all love our country!"

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"You can not have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country", Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a trip to Indiana.

Jones said the Cowboys' actions on Monday were a way of trying to placate everyone in the locker room - those who felt a need to respond to Trump's attacks and those who felt strongly about not protesting during the anthem. This has caused many-including the President of the United States-to voice criticism toward the league and its players.

Meanwhile, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News that while most of the response to the team's display of unity has been favorable, the team has not discussed any potential protests for the weeks ahead.

"I've asked the players for anything we might do", Jones said.

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.

Kaepernick, who is unsigned this season, began dropping to a knee during the national anthem a year ago in demonstration against police brutality and injustice.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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