President Donald Trump started his Wednesday morning with a tweet to inform the country that he spoke with Jerry Jones on Tuesday after the Dallas Cowboys owner took a knee with his team before the playing of the national anthem on Monday Night Football.
Trump tweeted at 6:09 a.m. CST: “Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”
Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
In the wake of Trump’s railing against the NFL and calling players who protest during the anthem “son of a b-----,” and suggesting they should be fired, the Cowboys, as planned by Jones, took a knee before the anthem and then stood for the playing of it.
A Cowboys spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that he had not spoken with Jones and could not confirm the conversation with Trump.
“That’s between them, I guess,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said, when asked about Trump’s tweet. “I’m not here to judge what the president said. I mean, he’s free to speak just like the rest of us are. He’s going to say whatever he wants. We’ve all figured that out.
“For me, it’s just about doing the best I can to help this team and show unity about what we’re trying to accomplish in this country.”
Following Dallas’ 28-17 victory against the Arizona Cardinals, Cowboys players reacted strongly to Trump’s criticism.
“Even though he’s the President, we don’t agree,” defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. “We feel like that was some dumba-- sh-- he said. I’m just being real, you know? We stuck together as a team and we wanted to show our unity today.”