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Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott has always proven himself to be a man of strong character and proved it once again in his response to criticism from NBA player LeBron James.
The “criticism” in question came from a Washington Post article that showed a picture from North Little Rock High School in Arkansas from 1957. The moment captured was when six black students attempted to enter the school after enrolling and were blocked by a group of white students. In the background, a young Jerry Jones can be seen looking on.
Jones claims that he was simply there as an onlooker, but this hasn’t flown with people like LeBron James. After a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron asked reporters why he hadn’t gotten a question about the Jerry Jones photo from them.
“We’re talking about my people and the things that we’ve been through and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America,” said James.
Reporters did ask Prescott about the photo, however. Prescott responded by noting that the photo was “Jerry’s to address,” but added this bit of wisdom below.
“Obviously, we can be more empathetic and give grace to one another, regardless of race,” said Prescott. “From the times we’ve come from to where we are now, thinking about the growth we’ve had.”
“That’s who I am, how I think—optimistic,” added Prescott. “I mean, a guy who is completely biracial, black and white, it’s easy for me to speak on race on one side or another.”
Prescott went on to encourage grace and noted that if things were still so racially divided as they were when the photo was taken, then he wouldn’t be where he is today.
“So I believe in grace and change,” said Prescott.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was asked today about 1957 Little Rock photo of Jerry Jones, which LeBron James has also discussed.
"I’m here for growth and giving grace and trying to make this world a better place," Dak said.
His full response: pic.twitter.com/BAzSNC787k
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) December 1, 2022
Prescott’s take is full of far more wisdom than James’s. While James seeks to want to make people answer for things that happened decades on decades ago in their past, Prescott is looking at the progress made and what that means for the future.
Obviously, it needs to be taken into account that Jones is Prescott’s boss, but regardless, the QB of America’s team has always had respect for the people around him. Last year, Prescott stepped up for his former teammate Amari Cooper after the receiver refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
“Let’s not try to knock the guy or put the guy down for a personal decision,” said Prescott on Cooper.
Whether or not Jones was there to block black students from entering a school or he was there just as an onlooker doesn’t entirely matter. No one is the same person they were decades ago. They’re hardly the same person they were a couple of years ago. Everyone grows, adopts different beliefs, and has experiences that change their outlooks.
We’re far removed from 1957, and James’s attempt to make a drama out of something that happened that long ago seems more like an attempt at personal clout than societal good. The example to follow here is Prescott’s, a man far less concerned about dredging up old wounds and far more interested in building on the good work that’s been established.