From anthem protests to domestic violence to President Trump and from looming labor disputes to CTE, the NFL is at a crossroads regarding its future.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and son Stephen Jones have made it clear this summer that their players will be expected to stand on the sidelines for the national anthem this NFL season.
Their statements came on the heels and seem to override the NFL’s new policy regarding the anthem, which would allow players to remain in the locker room if they so choose.
The demonstrations by players that preceded the policy, of course, were to protest and bring awareness to social injustices in the United States.
Which brings us back to Dak Prescott, the star quarterback for America’s most valuable football team.
“I never protest during the anthem,” Prescott previously said in July when asked about ownership’s stance on the anthem. “I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such a peace, and I think it does for a lot of people watching the game.
“So when you bring such controversy to the stadium, to the field, it takes away from the love that football brings to a lot of people.”
He added: “I’m not naïve. I’m very aware of the social injustice that we have going on. But I’m about the action that we can do, rather than the silent protests.”
On Sunday, Prescott reiterated his position that has drawn criticism from some — including artist Trey Wilder who painted a mural of Prescott in Dallas.
“I made my statements. I stand by what I said,” Prescott said. “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.”