GLENDALE, Ariz. — Leave it to the Dallas Cowboys to add a new twist to pregame demonstrations.
With flamboyant owner Jerry Jones in the mix, the Cowboys briefly knelt as a collective unit in the middle of the field before the national anthem Monday night — a nod to the peaceful protests for racial equality that Colin Kaepernick began last year and were widely reignited over the weekend in the wake of Donald Trump’s intolerant rhetoric.
After rising from the field, the Cowboys walked to their sideline and stood with arms locked during The Star-Spangled Banner — keeping with the team’s tradition to honor the American flag and military.
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The Cowboys seemingly had something for everybody before a national TV audience, playing to both sides of the fence amid anthem protests that have sparked emotional reactions from participants and fans alike.