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Trump to NFL: Ban kneeling during national anthem

01 October 2017

President is confident that he will come out as eventual victor in this battle stating that "players will stand for the country". "We all agreed our players wanted to make a statement about unity and equality..."

The Arizona Cardinals linked arms and stood for the "Star-Spangled Banner" along with the Dallas Cowboys, who knelt before the song.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday again ripped protests by NFL players during the national anthem, claiming ratings are down and calling for a rules change.

When the anthem itself took place, all players and Jones stood with arms interlocking.

The NFL squad chose to kneel before the playing of the National Anthem prior to Monday's game, but the President says he isn't too bothered about the decision.

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The Dallas Cowboys players, staff and owner Jerry Jones took a knee before the United States national anthem at Monday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in a protest against President Donald Trump.

I haven't had much respect for the Dallas Cowboys since Jerry Jones purchased the franchise."If there are three Dallas Cowboys in a auto then who is driving?"

Mr Trump noted in his tweets that the team stood for the anthem: "Big progress being made - we all love our country".

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.

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Other players and coaches indicated that their teams would discuss as a group how they want to proceed next weekend during the anthem.

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.

The protests started more than a year ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the anthem as a protest over police treatment of minorities.

The current US President started his campaign against the National Football League on Friday. "I believe we'll look back and say, 'This team grew up that night'".

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Trump to NFL: Ban kneeling during national anthem