Tahir Whitehead calls out Dak Prescott over anthem comments

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott made it clear during a press conference on Friday that he does not support players kneeling during the national anthem as part of a silent protest.

"I never protest," Prescott said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I never protest during the anthem, and I don't think that's the time or the venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people — a lot of people playing the game, a lot of people watching the game, a lot of people who have any impact of the game — so when you bring such controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game it takes away. It takes away from that, it takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people."

Tahir Whitehead, a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, took exception to Prescott's statement.

"Sounds like Dak don't wanna lose that Campbells Chunky Soup deal!" Whitehead tweeted on Sunday. He added a number of emojis to the end of his tweet, including three clown emojis.

Originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012, Whitehead signed a three-year deal with the Raiders back in March. He started every game for the Lions in 2017 as an outside linebacker, recording 110 tackles (78 solo), a sack, an interception and four fumble recoveries.

Prescott's sentiment was echoed by his teammate Ezekiel Elliott.

"Us as a team, we chose to stand together for the national anthem," Elliott said. "It was our decision. And I think it shows our culture, it shows that we have unity. We're going to stand as one. That's not a knock against anyone that may choose to kneel during the national anthem, but we're the Dallas football Cowboys. America's Team. We stand for the national anthem.

On Wednesday Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated that his opinion regarding protests during the national anthem had not changed.

"As far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned you know where I stand, the team knows where I stand on the issue and that's where we are," Jones said. During the 2017 season he stated any player who was seen kneeling during the anthem would be suspended.

He then took things a step further by stating all players were expected to be on the field during the anthem, which directly counters the NFL's most recent policy regarding the debate. Back in May the 32 owners, including Jones, voted for a new policy where players would be expected to stand at attention for the anthem if they were on the field, but also had the option to stay in the locker room if they so choose. The policy was withdrawn in mid-July, with league officials claiming that negotiations between they and the NFL Players Association were ongoing.

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