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Jerry Jones confirms phone call this week with Donald Trump

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Friday confirmed that he did in fact have a telephone conversation with President Donald Trump.

The President on Wednesday tweeted that he reached out to Jones to discuss how the Cowboys handled the national anthem ahead of Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cowboys, with Jones in tow, knelt before the anthem and then stood with locked arms during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Jones on Friday argued it served as a distraction for the team and blamed the gesture on the Cowboys’ slow start in a 28-17 victory over the Cardinals.

But as far as his call with Trump, who has waged war against the NFL over the past week, Jones wasn’t interested in discussing the particulars.

“I’m not going to get into it,” Jones said of his chat with Trump, Friday morning on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “He did call. He was complimentary, which doesn’t mean that in any way we acquiesced to what he was implying. What we did was exclusive from that. What we wanted to do was basically make a statement and certainly not dishonor the flag.

“Anybody in the United States, for the most part, I’m talking the great majority of people, it’s madness to think that somebody would dishonor the flag. The debate is whether you are dishonoring it or not. That’s where people get their case. So just to stand up there and say a group such as the NFL and our players are doing anything that doesn’t respect the flag is just not something that could be accepted. Our effort specifically said it’s different when the flag is out and we’re going to stand and honor the flag than when it is not out.

“Where I’m coming from here is the implication that there was some kind of pat on the back or anything like that is really not the case. It was a simple discussion. I know him. I’ve known him for several years. … There are many things we don’t agree on.”