Before playing the Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys came onto the field with locked arms and knelt for a few seconds before singing the national anthem.
The team's owner, Jerry Jones, joined the team in their seeming display of solidarity with other team members who have knelt or sat during the national anthem. Coach Jason Garrett also joined.
Jones, 74, in the past has criticized NFL players who do so. The team's action prompted some booing from spectators.
Members of the Dallas Cowboys team are pictured standing with linked arms during the singing of the national anthem. From left to right: Byron Bell, Tyron Smith, Dak Prescott, Chaz Green, La'el Collins, Zack Martin and Rod Smith. The Arizona Cardinals also stood with linked arms during the singing of the anthem
Jones is pictured kneeling with players prior to the singing of the national anthem. In August, he said: 'There's no question in my mind. The national anthem is sacred. Our flag is sacred. And our team has demonstrated that'
On Sparks's left hand is a tattooed scribble that reads: 'PROV 31: 8-9'. The religious references to the Biblical Book of Proverbs read: 'Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute,' and 'Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.'
Jones is also, as of yet, the only owner of an NFL team who had not yet responded to President Donald Trump's torrent of criticism over the weekend of players who do so.
All other NFL team owners have stood by their players. Some owners explicitly criticized Donald Trump for his denunciation.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also strongly backed the players and criticized Trump for 'an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL'.
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