Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said on Friday that he isn’t affected by his team’s policy of standing during the national anthem because he would “never protest” during the song’s performance.
“It has no affect to me because I do exactly what I’m doing and what I’ve said and what I stand by,” Prescott said, referring to the policy set forth by team owner Jerry Jones. “Whether I was wearing the star or not, whether I was playing for Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones or any other owner. I believe in what I believe in, and that’s that.” (RELATED: Eagles Malcolm Jenkins Calls Jerry Jones A ‘Bully’ Over Anthem Stance: ‘I Don’t Play For The Cowboys, Nor Would I Want To’)
Prescott added that although he does believe in the social justice issues that have led many other players to protests the anthem, he doesn’t think it’s “the time or the venue to do so.” (RELATED: EX-NFL PLAYER SAYS PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ATTACKING ‘BLACK CULTURE’ THROUGH ANTHEM PROTEST CRITICISM)
“I’d never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so,” he said. “The game of football has always brought me such peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people.”
“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.” (RELATED: TRUMP PRAISES JERRY JONES FOR MAKING COWBOYS STAND FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM)
“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,” said the quarterback. “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.”