Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott apologized earlier this week via Twitter for his postgame comments. Due to the controversial ending in Dallas, it left many people angry. According to sources, fans threw trash and debris at the officials after Sunday’s crazy ending.
— #Random49ers (@Random49ers) January 17, 2022
Understandably, Prescott was extremely emotional after the disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers. During the postgame interview, Prescott was told the fans were throwing trash that hit his teammates, to which he responds, “sad”. However, when he was later told the trash was directed at the officials, he responded, “Credit to them then. Credit to them”.
Prescott had ample opportunity to walk these comments back, yet, he did not.
Dak Prescott's reaction once a reporter told him that the fans were throwing trash at the refs after yesterday's playoff loss to the 49ers 😂 pic.twitter.com/k5uTXyubkG
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) January 17, 2022
Prescott’s apology to the Dallas Cowboys and the world
Earlier this week, he tweeted an apology regarding his distasteful comments. He wrote:
“I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after the game on Sunday; I was caught up in the emotion of a disappointing loss and my words were uncalled for and unfair.
“We hold the NFL Officials in the highest regard and have always respected their professionalism and the difficulty of their jobs. The safety of everyone who attends a game or participates on the field of a sporting event is a very serious matter.
“That was a mistake on my behalf, and I am sorry.”
Dak Prescott’s full apology pic.twitter.com/RWTD2fITH1
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 19, 2022
Prescott’s actions affected many
This behavior is very unlike Prescott, which is why it comes as shock by so many people. As a matter of fact, he’s a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. After his comments, many officials felt offended. Prescott received tons of criticism from fans on social media and the NBA Referees Association.
The NBA referee association spoke out against the encouraging harmful words of Prescott.
“The NBRA condemns the comments by Dak Prescott condoning violence against game officials. As an NFL leader, he should know better. We encourage the NFL to take action to discourage this deplorable behavior in the future.”
A member of the Cowboy front office was a bit disappointed himself. The Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones condemned and spoke out against the actions of the fans.
“That is just unfortunate,” Jones said. “That is not the way I see our fans. I think we’re a class act. I think there is no place for things like that. Angered fans, it’s understandable. However, I don’t understand throwing things onto the field where people could get injured. There’s just no place for that.”