Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott told Yahoo Sports on Sunday he will continue to stand for the national anthem.
Prescott said the thought of kneeling in protest of the national anthem has never crossed his mind.
“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.”
At least 29 players have knelt, sat or demonstrated in some form during the national anthem in the 2017 NFL preseason, according to Sports Illustrated.
Cowboys coach Jason Garret told reporters at Cowboys training camp in August both the national anthem and the American flag are “sacred.”
Jason Garrett: "There's no question in my mind the National Anthem is sacred, the flag is sacred and our team has demonstrated that."
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Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he felt “very strongly,” that NFL players should respect the American flag during a recent radio interview on KRLD-FM.
“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 KRLD-FM’s Shan and RJ show.
“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.”
Despite Jones’ stance on the national anthem, reports that he is demanding his players to “stand or leave” have been proven to be false.
Let's not spread #FakeNews.
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Cowboys running back Darren McFadden told NBC Sports that Jones has never ordered anybody on the team to act a certain way during the national anthem.
“He hasn’t come in and said that to us personally,” McFadden said.
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