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    Report: Cowboys players plan anthem protest after Trump's comments

    Some Dallas Cowboys players plan to protest during the national anthem before Monday night's nationally televised game vs the Arizona Cardinals, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    The paper said it wasn't clear how or what the protest would look like and that players were still discussing what would happen. It also wasn't known how many on the team would protest.

    "It's not going to be business as usual. He crossed a line. Something will be done," a player told reporter Clarence Hill, referring to comments from Trump on Friday condemning NFL players for protesting.

    The Cowboys have been one of the few teams that have not had any players kneel or protest during the anthem this season or last season.

    The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump's suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.

    When you add up the numbers, about one in eight NFL players did not stand for the national anthem on Sunday. AP reporters and photographers counted the players kneeling or sitting at every NFL game Sunday. With one more game to go Monday night, already more than 200 players chose to protest. A handful of others raised their fists.

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in August he wasn't a fan of the anthem protests spreading.

    "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 during his weekly radio appearance on KRLD-FM 105.3 on Aug. 22. "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."

    Head coach Jason Garrett said on Saturday that he wasn't planning on talking about Trump's comments with his team or the anthem protests.

    "We have an approach that we believe in," Garrett said. "I have no real comment beyond that."

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, refusing to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest the treatment of black people by police. Kaepernick became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season.

    Without identifying Kaepernick, Trump aimed a Friday talk at a Huntsville, Alabama, rally at those players who have knelt for the anthem.

    "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired,'" he said to loud applause.

    Again in a Sunday morning tweet, Trump urged his supporters to take action: "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!"

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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