*** Jerry Jones kneels, locks arms with Cowboys players before national anthem ***
He then stood for the playing of the anthem with locked arms.
After the game, a 28-17 Cowboys victory, Jones told reporters his reasoning for kneeling prior to the anthem.
"We all agreed that our players wanted to make a statement about unity and equality. They were very much aware that that statement when made or when attempted to be made in and a part of in recognition of our flag cannot only lead to criticism but also controversy," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News.
"It was real easy for everybody to see the message of unity and equality was getting pushed aside or diminished by controversy. We even had the circumstances that it was being made into a controversy," Jones added.
Jones previously disagreed with NFL players' decisions to protest racial injustice by kneeling during the anthem.
“I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag,” Jones told Fox Business at Forbes' 100th anniversary gala last week. “So that’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little bit for it."
Jones told reporters Monday night, however, that he didn't try to dissuade players from kneeling during the anthem.
A fake news report about Jones went viral last week, claiming he told Cowboys players they would be fired if they don't stand for the anthem.
NFL players across the country linked arms, remained seated or knelt during the national anthem on Sunday and Monday, following controversial comments by President Donald Trump.
Trump said owners should "fire or suspend" players who protest during the national anthem, using a profanity to describe protesting players. He also said the league's games are "boring."
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!
Jones gave $1 million in 2016 to Trump's inaugural committee through a business called Gladstone Limited Partnership, according to federal records.
Jones was the only NFL team owner not to issue a formal statement about Trump's comments. He explained why Monday night.
"I want actions to be louder than words. And we did it. We made our statement," he said, per the Morning News.