Cowboys QB: Protesting During National Anthem Isn't the 'Time or the Venue to Do So'
Prescott says protesting 'takes away from the joy' football brings.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott weighed in on the national anthem controversy surrounding the National Football League.
Prescott said Friday that he believes that it's not the right time or place for players to kneel in protest during the national anthem before NFL games.
The NFL and its players association recently issued a joint statement saying that "no new rules" related to anthem protests would be enforced while the two sides try to find “a solution" on the issue.
The policy would have given players the option of staying in their team's locker rooms during the anthem, and also would have allowed teams to discipline players who took a knee or sat during its playing.
Prescott, who is entering his third season with the Cowboys, said that he "never" protests during the playing of the national anthem.
"I don't think that's the time or the venue to do so," he added.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated on Wednesday that his team's players will be required to stand on the field for the anthem before games this season.
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Jones said that his team's policy is to "toe the line" during the anthem, and that he would not support players staying in the locker room.
"When you bring such controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game ... it takes away from the joy and to the love that football brings a lot of people," Prescott said Friday.
Dozens of NFL players have protested racial injustice and police brutality during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner over the past two years.
The debate intensified when President Trump took up the issue last year, calling on NFL owners to fire players who failed to respect the anthem and American flag.
Jones joined his players in taking a knee and linking arms prior to a game last year after Trump criticized the protests.
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