Donald Trump Spoke To Jerry Jones About NFL Protests, Has Message For Players

by NESN Staff

September 27, 2017

Donald Trump can’t stop tweeting about football.

The president has angrily opposed NFL players taking a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner:” During a rally in Alabama last Friday, called for those who kneel to be “fired,” then sent at least one tweet per day addressing the issue over the next four days.

Trump made it five straight days Wednesday morning, claiming he spoke to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones following the team’s protest before their game Monday night.

Jones and the Cowboys took a knee as a team before the national anthem began in a show of solidarity, continuing a wave of NFL protests against social inequality in America. The team stood while the anthem played, though, and apparently this pleased Trump, despite the mixed message he sent Tuesday morning.

It’s unclear what discussion Trump had with Jones, but it’s still significant the president reached out to one of the most powerful owners in football regarding the protests.

Then again, Trump has been quite hung up on this issue since Friday; he called for a ban on kneeling during the national anthem Tuesday, then later that night tweeted a video of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt showing “respect” for the U.S. anthem after a race.

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