I'm just being real, you know?
The NFL has played the national anthem before games for decades, but it wasn't until 2009 that it started playing the song with the players on the field.
Other players and coaches indicated that their teams would discuss as a group how they want to proceed next weekend during the anthem.
A week ago, President Donald Trump unexpectedly began attacking National Football League players who had kneeled during the anthem. Cowboys Nation and much of the political and sporting world, fixed their eyes on what America's Team would do in response.
However, "I want everyone to know that I've asked the players ... not (told)".
Boos were heard in the stadium before both teams stood and linked arms on their own sidelines for the anthem.
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When @dallascowboys knelt pregame it was in prayer for equality and unity, not during anthem.
Overnight ratings for all Sunday and Monday NFL games were up 3 percent as a whole, Michael Mulvihill, executive vice president of research at Fox Sports, tweeted Tuesday. "Players will stand for Country", Trump tweeted Wednesday.
His former teammate Eric Reid wrote in a New York Times opinion article that he and Kaepernick chose to kneel as a "respectful" gesture, comparing it to "a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy". "Perception is a part of the game, it's a big part of the league, it a part of each of the player's reputation, and you've got to keep all of those things in mind when you act". And there was Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, right in the center of it, leading the charge. Since then, the issue has ignited a polarizing national debate.
In a world where it's impossible to please everyone, they came about as close as one can. I think it will be very interesting to see how these protests continue to develop over the rest of the season.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said during his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) that he had spoken with Trump after the Cowboys' show of unity on Monday night.
"I feel the Dallas Cowboys showed a lot of class last night", said Bobby Short of Tioga.