About that Jerry Jones-Donald Trump phone call …

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Before the game, the Cowboys and Cardinals added their voices to the wave of protests against racism and division across the United States as the players collectively took a knee.

"Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality", Jones said after his team's 28-17 win over the Cardinals.

The Cowboys were joined by team owner Jerry Jones in kneeling down at mid-field, but they chose to do so before former "American Idol" victor Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem in front of a crowd of 65,100 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. And for as long as any of us can remember, it has been tradition to stand for the National Anthem, hat removed, hand over heart, paying a proper amount of respect to that song, our flag and the nation as a whole.

The Cowboys and players from most of the NFL's 32 teams protested during Week 3 after Trump made the following comments at a rally in Alabama: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out".

The Cardinals all gathered together on the goal line as a team, some of them locking arms, during the anthem.

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.

Brice Butler admitted that it was Jerry Jones who came to the team with what they ultimately did; kneel before the anthem in prayer and then stand during the anthem.

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President Donald Trump says he has spoken to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones amid his extended attacks on NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.

After speaking briefly on the topic of actual football, attributing the Cowboys early offensive struggles to the elite defenses they've faced and saying they need to do more of what they did in the second half against Arizona, the conversation quickly turned to the Cowboys demonstration for the anthem on Monday.

After Monday's game, Jones explained his team's actions. The President then explained that the Cowboys will be standing for the Anthem.

More than 250 players knelt during the national anthem over the weekend as a nod to peaceful protests for racial equality that Colin Kaepernick began a year ago.

Trump has spent days lashing out at players who kneel, a practice that started with a handful of players to protest racial issues, including police brutality.

Trump's claim about NFL TV ratings is inaccurate, according to a league announcement Tuesday morning. "We even had the circumstances that it was being made into a controversy", he said.