The Dallas Cowboys are seemingly the only NFL team discussing the National Anthem right about now. Seems about right.
Quarterback Dak Prescott stepped up this past week after comments made by owner Jerry Jones, and said that NFL players should take “actual actions” instead of kneeling.
Even after the social media backlash that headed his way, Prescott is not backing down from his statements, saying he does believe in social injustices, but doesn’t feel the National Anthem is the right place to take a stance on the issue.
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”I think there was a little misunderstanding of the fact of what I believe in,” said Prescott. “I never said I didn’t believe in social injustice and things that were going on. I just said I didn’t think that the National Anthem was the time. It’s two minutes out of our day that we could also be spending embracing what our country should be and what our country is going to be one day that we know that it’s not right now. That is the sad part about it. That it’s not.”
Prescott went onto say that he wasn’t suggesting players like Colin Kaepernick didn’t take actions to better the community. The Cowboys quarterback praised those players, but said he would use the anthem before the game to think about “peace.”
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“I respect everybody. And power to the people that kneel,” said Prescott. “That is what they believe in, and they should be able to kneel. For me, the game of football has been such a peace. It’s a moment for me to be at peace and think about all the great things our country does have even though we know it’s not a good for us right now.”
It is unknown if Prescott’s detractors will change their minds, but it’s abundantly clear that he will stand by his comments, whether fans and NFL players like it or not.