In an apparent demonstration of unity, the entire Dallas Cowboys team, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, as well as executive vice presidents Stephen Jones, Charlotte Anderson and Jerry Jones Jr., all decided to 'take a knee', notably before the national anthem was sung.
Boos were heard from the crowd in Arizona which reportedly included a large number of Dallas fans...
Crowd erupts in boos as owner Jerry Jones and entire Dallas Cowboys team kneel live on Monday Night Football pic.twitter.com/ZBKt3KMXYR— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) September 26, 2017
"...as they take a knee collectively, boos can be heard from this sell-out crowd in Arizona..."
As ESPN reports, Jerry Jones and his daughter, Charlotte Jones Anderson, said their players wanted to take a knee as a statement for equality and unity, but also wanted to separate that message from the national anthem.
A little less than an hour before kickoff, Jerry Jones said he respected the players "individually and collectively," but he did not want to get into the political element of the debate.
"We want them to do what's in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said.
"That's where the obligation is and again I don't want to get into this area of debate but I do want to emphasize how important it is to me that we respect the sanctity of the flag."
Jones was one of seven NFL owners to donate to Trump's inauguration.