Dak Prescott on national anthem: I’d never protest during anthem
The Dallas Cowboys have a team policy that is clear — players are required to stand for the national anthem, but that won’t be the reason that Dak Prescott will stand.
In fact, he’s always stood and would never protest the anthem. Prescott and the Cowboys started training camp this week, and he was asked Friday about the team’s new rule and how it would affect him.
“It has no affect to me because I do exactly what I’m doing and what I’ve said and what I stand by,” Prescott said about the team’s policy. “Whether I was wearing the star or not, whether I was playing for Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones or any other owner. I believe in what I believe in, and that’s that.
“I’d never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so,” Prescott told the media. “The game of football has always brought me such a 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 that have any impact of the game. So when you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game, it takes away . . . from that. It takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people. For me, I’m all about making a chance and making a difference. I think this whole kneeling, and all of that, was all about just raising awareness, and the fact that we’re still talking about social injustice years later, I think we’ve gotten to that point. I think we’ve proved it. We know about social injustice. I’m up for taking a next step, whatever that step may be for action and not just kneeling.
“I’ve always believed in standing up for what I believe in, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
Prescott’s for taking a “next step” with “action,” not taking a knee.
“I respect what all those guys believe in,” Prescott said. “If they believe it’s going to make a change, and it’s making a difference, then power to them. But for me, I think it’s about (taking) action. It’s not about taking a knee. It’s not necessarily about standing. We can find a different place to make our country better. Obviously as I said, I’m not naïve. I’m very aware of the social injustice we have going on, but I’m about the actions we can do to fix it rather than the silent protest.”
Prescott enters a huge year in 2018, and he could be the NFL’s next $100 million man.