Sports Prescott doesn't back down from anthem stance: 'I stand by what I said'

08:26  06 august  2018
08:26  06 august  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead, for instance, accused Prescott of supporting Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ anthem stance merely to keep his endorsement contracts. Despite all the attacks, Prescott says he is not backing away from his respect for the lag.

Cowboys' Dak Prescott says his comments about anthem and protests were misunderstood. On Tuesday, Prescott stood by his words, but maintained that his full beliefs weren’ t taken into account.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott doesn't intend to waver from his stance that the national anthem isn't "the time or the venue" for protests, despite criticisms from around the league.

"I made my statements. I stand by what I said," Prescott said on Sunday, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. "Some people might have misunderstood or whatever, but I know what I said, and I feel strongly about what I said. It is what it is."

Prescott made his comments Friday after being asked about Jerry Jones' insistence that Cowboys players "stand for the anthem, toe on the line," even though the NFL's new anthem rule allows players to remain in the locker room.

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Lyrics to "Help You Stand " song by Anthem Lights: Picked up the phone again Picked up the phone again Put it right back down That was such a lame attempt To try to help you out If I said to myself I 'm not scared I 'd be lying Don' t know if I know what to say But I 'm trying So I 'm picking up the phone again.

"It has no effect to me because I do exactly what I'm doing and what I've said and what I stand by, whether I'm wearing the star or not, playing for Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, or any other owner," Prescott said. "I believe in what I believe in and that's that."

One example of the backlash toward Prescott is a mural depicting him as the main character in the movie "Get Out."

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