Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott received widespread criticism after he recently defended his opposition to NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.
“I never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so,” Prescott has said.
Prescott later doubled down on that comment, and went on to say, “I made my statements. I stand by what I said,” he offered, adding that he felt “strongly” about his comments–backlash be damned.
But the backlash came–and strongly. Many fans went to social media and called Prescott everything from an “Uncle Tom”, to a “sellout”.
And rapper The Game called Prescott a “coon”.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, however, is pleased with Prescott’s stance.
“I’m so proud of him, just proud of him the way he leads the team,” Jones said.
Prescott impressed football fans by taking the Cowboys to the divisional playoff round during the 2016 season, but last year, Prescott struggled mightily. The team ended the season at 9-7, and failed to make the playoffs.
Sports analysts point to Prescott’s decline as a significant factor.
Some have called for Prescott to be benched if he can’t lead the Cowboys back to the playoffs this season.