Trump notes progress after Cowboys kneel before, stand for anthem

ESPN will air national anthem, NFL Unity ad on Monday Night Football

ESPN will air national anthem, NFL Unity ad on Monday Night Football

Trump on Friday called for team owners to fire those "sons of bitches" who kneel during the national anthem to raise awareness about the issue and called the protests "a total disrespect of our heritage".

After a chaotic weekend of NFL teams struggling to respond with one voice to the criticisms directed at the league by President Trump, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys seemed to have found a solution. Arizona players also stood and linked arms during the anthem, but they did not take a knee beforehand.

For those who tuned in to tonight's Monday Night Football game between the Cardinals and Cowboys, you got to hear the voice of a hometown favorite. However, in an exclusive Action News poll, conducted by Survey USA, almost 50 percent of our viewers in the Valley say it is wrong for someone to not stand when the National Anthem is played. Big progress being made.

Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones has been a staunch supporter of the President and there was speculation that he would not allow his players to kneel during the national anthem.

Arizona Cardinals standing in front of a giant flag during the national anthem. Before the anthem, Jones and the players and coaches took a knee. "We all agreed that our players wanted to make a statement about unity and equality".

"Fans, we honor our nation's flag and the men and women of our armed forces who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms". During singer Jordin Sparks' rendition of the anthem, the Cowboys stood up while the Cardinals players interlocked arms with members of the military.

President Donald Trump renewed his onslaught against the NFL, American football's elite league, with a series of Twitter tackles after a series of weekend protests continued.

"That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for", Trump said.

"Great solidarity for our National Anthem for our Country", he tweeted.

Kneeling during the anthem was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 preseason, who said he was protesting against the treatment of blacks in the United States.