There may be a glimmer of hope for all of us who want to see NFL players get off of their knees as our national anthem plays at football games. Major kudos to the latest defender of our flag, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who spoke out on the issue last month.
“I never protest during the anthem,” Prescott told reporters, “and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so.”
It’s not easy to publicly display this kind of patriotism in today’s NFL, and Prescott has taken some hits.
Street artist Trey Wilder painted a mural in Dallas portraying the quarterback as the “Get Out” movie character, with tears streaming down his face. Without spoiling the movie, we can reveal that the obvious implication is Prescott has been “hypnotized” by white people into thinking things that aren’t true.
They made a sunken place mural of Dak Prescott ? pic.twitter.com/hU4NEFPw3r
— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) August 4, 2018
But the quarterback is also receiving some high-profile support.
You might be surprised to learn that actor and rapper Ice Cube defended Prescott.
TMZ asked him if Wilder went too far with the mural, and Ice Cube replied with a definitive statement. “Yeah, it’s bulls—,” he said.
Ice Cube’s message to Prescott and the rest of the Cowboys:
“Do what you want to do, man. F— everybody.”
(WARNING: The video contains explicit language.)
The Atlanta Black Star reported that Ice Cube expanded his comments in support of Prescott’s decision:
“You should do what you feel,” he said. “That’s what’s supposed to be great about being in America, you do what you feel.
“You don’t have to be in lockstep with anybody. Not the community, not with the coach, not the owner. You do what you feel. And when you do that, sometimes you gotta let the chips fall where they may and live with your decision.”
Prescott said very clearly and with strong conviction that standing up for what he believes is important, and he believes taking a knee during the anthem at a football game is the wrong time and place to fight for social injustice.
“The game of football has always brought me such at peace,” Prescott said, “and I think it does the same for a lot of people playing the game, watching the game and 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. It takes away from the joy and to the love that football brings a lot of people.”
Millions of NFL fans agree. Here’s hoping more players will take Prescott’s message to heart.
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