Trump urges National Football League to ban players kneeling during anthem

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Several players have made similar gestures in what they said is a call for social justice, not a slight against the country or its flag.

The Cowboys said they wanted to take a knee as a statement of equality and a representation of unity but without protesting The Star-Spangled Banner.

The Cowboys, who didn't play until Monday night, chose to take a knee before the national anthem and stand with arms locked during it. The team also spent the week emphasizing their great respect for the flag of the United States and the National Anthem and what they represent.

President Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he talked to Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones "who knows how to get things done" and will stand for "Country" during the national anthem.

But the president called the Dallas Cowboys' anthem display - in which they knelt together prior to the anthem and stood arm-in-arm during it - "big progress". He added that while he would prefer Cowboys players stand, there is no mandatory order.

Dallas locked arms and took a knee before the game and then rose to their feet - arms still locked - for the national anthem, their form of protest against President Donald Trump's comments against the NFL and its players this weekend.

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The businessman has said in the past that he did not want any players disrespecting the anthem, but he was happy to join the protest before it was played because he felt the club should make a statement against Trump.

"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.

Numerous players kneeled during games Sunday; three teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem portion of pregame.

Addressing reporters at the White House on Wednesday before a trip to Indiana, Trump says the National Football League is in a very "bad box" over the issue. It's entirely possible that Jones said he'll be pushing for other teams to do the same thing as the Cowboys did before the anthem.

The protests were started by former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee to protest against police brutality and racial inequality.

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