In what they describe as a show of unity, the entire Dallas Cowboy team, together with team owner Jerry Jones, locked arms and knelt before the performance of the national anthem. The Cowboys were preparing to take on the Arizona Cardinals in this week’s Monday Night Football matchup.
Both times locked arms and stood while “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks performed the “Star Spangled Banner.” Per ABC News, Sparks performed the song with a Bible verse on her hand. Proverbs 31:8-9 reads, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Jerry Jones was reported to have warned his players that he would fire anyone who took a knee during the national anthem. San Antonio’s KSAT reported that Jones never made that statement, but that he did discuss the issue on an appearance on a Dallas sports radio show last month.
“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it.”