Jerry Jones takes a knee, links arms with Cowboys players before anthem

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While Sparks didn't want to distract from the national anthem in an over the top way, she was able to deliver a strong message loud and clear to those watching back home.

Before a giant American flag was unfurled that covered nearly the entire field, the Cowboys took a knee briefly as a group, including Jerry Jones, which led to a smattering of boos from the crowd that included a large number of Dallas fans.

Rumors swirled on Monday about what the "statement of unity" would entail after protests occurred throughout the National Football League on Sunday, in the wake of President Donald Trump calling for the firing of National Football League players who opt for a peaceful protest during the anthem.

After 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher reported earlier Monday that the Cowboys were discussing how to make "a statement of unity" during the National Anthem, the Cowboys did so by locking arms as a team, along with the Jones family, and took a knee for a brief moment on the field.

Both the Cowboys and Cardinals teams then stood with arms interlocked with members of the military while the anthem was sung at University of Phoenix Stadium.

That task has not been an easy one for the Dallas Cowboys The Cowboys have lost the last four times out against the Cardinals, and even worse, they've lost five of the last six when they've played in Arizona.

Players and owners around the league have been taking similar action all weekend after comments from U.S. President Donald Trump.

"We have to do something", another said.

There had been reports that the Cowboys were planning an anthem protest on Monday night, and ultimately this is what took place. "That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for", Trump said.

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