“I never protest,” said Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. “I never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such 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—so when you bring such controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game it takes away. It takes away from that, it takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people.”
With those words, Dak Prescott ignited a firestorm of criticism for seemingly not supporting NFL players who use the national anthem as a time to protest against systemic racism and police brutality, and rightfully so because his remarks seem understandable for some, but tone deaf for a man of African descent.
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