By Archie Nino III
They say everything is bigger in Texas. In the wake of, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescotts' comments about the NFL and the anthem policy, the face of the franchise has come under immense scrutiny from just about everyone. Actors, musicians, media, and his fellow NFL peers all gave a reaction to his comment regarding the National Anthem as not being the "time or venue" to hold a protest. The statement coming a few days removed from Jerry Jones discussing his views towards the anthem after the NFL made the decision to not allow further discussion on the hot topic.
Let me preface this article by saying I am a minority but that is neither here nor there. What Dak Prescott did was something that took courage and a belief in his morals that he values. In the social media era we currently live in, it is easy to get swept up in a "follow the pack" mentality and not allow your own voice to be heard. Dak stepped outside the box not only in regards to the NFL and their policy but as an African American. I have seen the vitriol spewn about on twitter and other platforms suggesting Prescott "sold-out" or that he "had to" say this because of Jerry Jones. Dak responded to those with the grace and maturity far beyond his 25 years of age.
He is oblivious to the chatter and even offered an explanation for his comment even though he did not have to offer such. He made remarks saying he "respects everybody and power to the people that kneel" while staying true to his morals and saying how "the game of football is peace" and "it's a moment to be at peace and think of the great things the country has". He adds probably the most scintillating piece in his comment saying "I don't think kneeling or standing is creating a solution for us." Dak Prescott is a man. He has his values and asks his opinion to be respected just as the opinions of those who choose to demonstrate have asked to be respected. The protest never had anything to do with the National Anthem in the first place but due to the divisive nature of the country, we now have controversies with every comment and statment made. Especially when you're the QB in Texas, for America's Team, for the Dallas Cowboys. Everything is bigger in Texas...right? Til next time #CowboysNation.
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