Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might not be talking about the anthem anymore, but that doesn’t mean quarterback Dak Prescott is slowing down.
At the end of the July, Prescott got called out for his anthem stance after saying “I never protests during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so.” The shorter version of this being, of course, that he doesn’t want any distractions brought into football. One day later, he’d demand respect.
“I said what I said. You have an opinion. Everyone else has an opinion. … I accepted what they said and respect it. They should respect mine.”
And that probably should’ve been the end of it. Neither side is going to budge from its stance. But Prescott knew he’d face some backlash, ye it’s backlash he was ready for. And according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, he wasn’t about to back down.
“I made my statements. I stand by what I said. Some people might have misunderstood or whatever, but I know what I said, and I feel strongly about what I said. It is what it is.”
‘Some people might have misunderstood’ seems to be a common refrain when other people don’t like something a particular person said. In that case, the person in question here is Prescott. But it’s not always on the masses to interpret, so to speak, what someone says something that other disagree with. Not all opinions are created equal. Sometimes when you get push-back, it’s better to examine why instead of simply demanding respect.
That said, Prescott has attempted to clear things up over the past few days. But it’s this simple: Some people are going to kneel; others, mostly those who don’t understand the point, are going to give them heat for it. We’re not necessarily putting Prescott in that latter category, though. It’s not like he’s out there bashing players who protest on a weekly basis.
But at the end of the day, we are only at this point because a certain someone keeps pouring gasoline over the fire. And that has very little to do with Dak’s comments.