Cowboys' Prescott: 'Not at All' Tempted to Protest National Anthem

August 28, 2017

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said Sunday that he is "not at all" tempted to join other National Football League players in protesting the National Anthem.

Evan Doherty, a senior producer for Yahoo Sports, asked Prescott whether he had thought about joining or "felt the need" to join some of his fellow NFL athletes in the protest, according to Dallas News' Sports Day.

"No, not at all," Prescott said.

In response to Doherty asking him to explain further, Prescott said the National Anthem is "bigger" than that.

"I mean, it's bigger than I think some of us think," Prescott said. "It's just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart, represent our country, and just be thankful, and not take anything I've been given and my freedom for granted."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week that he was "strongly" against the idea of players protesting the National Anthem.

"I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. "I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it."

Colin Kaepernick, who formerly played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, started kneeling during the National Anthem at 2016 preseason games in protest of what he calls "racial injustice and oppression of blacks in the United States," the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Kaepernick is currently a free agent, but that has not stopped several NFL players from joining in on the protest since the 2017 season began.

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