Watch: Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Defies Trump, Takes Knee With Players
No one saw this coming!
Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner who donated $1 million to Trumps inauguration through a corporation, joined "America's Team" in taking a knee on the field. Earlier in the week, Jones opposed protests during the national anthem.
The Cowboys threaded the needle by jointly taking a knee at midfield, before the national anthem was sung by Jordin Sparks at ESPN's "Monday Night Football" game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys, said the protest was a "statement for equality and a representation of unity." Many in the crowd booed the knee drop and cheered the national anthem.
Jerry Jones was not the first NFL owner with Trump ties to condemn the president's recent inflammatory statements at an Alabama rally and via tweets.
Robert Kraft, owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, issued a statement that said "players had the right to 'peacefully affect change.'" He was previously seen in videos dining with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago, and even gave President Trump a Super Bowl ring.
Jones is the first to take center stage with his entire team.
Incredibly, the NFL and ESPN released an official video on YouTube, in what was clearly a well orchestrated action during the league's high-profile Monday night game.
Watch the full video below.