While speaking to reporters at the Dallas Cowboys camp on Friday, quarterback Dak Prescott pushed back on the idea that players should kneel during the national anthem at games.
Dak supported fighting social injustices but thought that the National Anthem was not the time nor place for that kind of activity.
“I never protest during the anthem and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so,” he said.
Noting that football games brought him and others a sense of peace, Prescott said other players’ protests took away from the joy and love that people get from the sport.
“When you bring such controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game […] it takes away from the joy and to the love that brings a lot of people,” he said.
Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott: I’d never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so pic.twitter.com/2xbb2NnhIJ
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Prescott’s statement came after his team’s owner Jerry Jones made clear that he required his players to stand for the anthem:
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According to a new NFL rule from earlier this year, the league granted the players the option to stay in their locker rooms rather than standing or kneeling on the field during the National Anthem.
Last week, however, the league suspended its rule amid a standstill in negotiations with the NFL Players’ Association.