The National Football League has been at the center of a major political controversy after protest from it's players during the national anthem sparked the ire of a huge number of their fans, while another segment of their fans have been fully in support of the actions from the players. This obviously creates a rather tense political climate and as a result whenever a player comes out and speaks his mind on the topic he risks placing himself smack dab in the middle of all the controversy.
In spite of the obvious risks involved in getting involved in this heated political issue on Friday Dallas Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott shared his thoughts on the issue. Prescott took a hard stance that may rub some of his fellow NFL players the wrong way, but it was obvious based on his comments that Prescott feels strongly about the issue and does not agree with the protests during the anthem.
“I’d never protest during anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so,” Prescott said as per Pro Football Talk. “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.”
Do not think however that Prescott is not making efforts to help improve the community in spite of his lack of participation in the protests during the anthem. In fact Prescott cites the fact that he would much rather take action in order to help improve the lives of others instead of simply kneeling during the national anthem.
“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.”
No doubt he will be hearing about these comments from both those who agree with his stance as well as those who disagree. That being said though Prescott seems very comfortable in his position and that's likely why he felt so confident when speaking out.
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