Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has caught some flak for recent statements he made denouncing the NFL player anthem protests. Prescott told the Dallas Morning News that he believed the protests took away from the fun and purpose of the game by bringing controversy.
“I never protest,” Prescott said.
“I never protests during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people – a lot of people playing the game, a lot of people watching the game, a lot of people who have any impact of the game – so when you bring controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game it takes away. It takes away from that, it takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people.”
Prescott clarified further later that he respects the players right to protest. But, he prefers actions as opposed to silent demonstrations.
His words caught the attention of new Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead who tweeted:
“Sounds like Dak don’t wanna lose that Campbells Chunky Soup deal!”
The signal-caller’s stance on the protests aligns with his boss and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who recently stated that his players will stand for the national anthem in the 2018 season.
While the Cowboys don’t have the Raiders on their schedule this year, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the league reacts to Prescott’s opinion, both on and off the field.