A desperate President Trump reportedly called Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones four times imploring him not to let his team kneel during the national anthem.
According to NFL.com, Trump repeatedly called Jones while the Cowboy’s owner stood in the locker room before the Monday night football game against the Arizona Cardinals. Trump’s persistence didn’t pay off.
Jones and the entire Cowboys team briefly knelt before the national anthem began. The team then stood as the anthem was sung.
The Dallas Cowboys were among several teams that demonstrated during the weekend.
The protests came in response to comments Trump made during a rally in Alabama last month, in which he called on kneeling players to be fired.
The president was met with fierce backlash from NFL players, coaches and executives over the weekend, leading to a wave of kneels or other forms of protest against his attacks.
Jones, who according to CNN donated $1 million to President Trump’s inaugural committee, joined several other NFL owners who stood or knelt with their teams after Trump lashed out at athletes who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
Football players across the nation were largely united in their response to the national anthem at Sunday NFL games following the controversy stirred by President Trump.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has more detail on Trump’s calls in the video below:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 1, 2017