Dak Prescott On Anthem: "I Believe In Action, It's Not About Taking A Knee"

Josh Clark
July 27, 2018 - 3:11 pm
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OXNARD (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott says he will continue to stand for the National Anthem.

Following Cowboys owner Jerry Jones comments about what he expects from his players during the National Anthem, Prescott spoke to the media Friday about the issue and said it's about taking "action" rather than taking a knee. 

“I’d never protest, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so,” Prescott said. “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 said he does understand players have different feelings on the matter and respects their rights to protest. 

“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.”

Jones said Wednesday at the opening press conference at training camp that the Cowboys will be required to stand for the national anthem and will not stay in the locker room prior to the game. 

"Our policy is you stand for the anthem, toe on the line," Jones said. 

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