Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has some thoughts on Jerry Jones’ 1957 picture of him among numerous white students blocking six black students from trying to desegregate North Little Rock High School via the Star-Telegram;
And when NBA star Lebron James of the Los Angeles took reporters to task Wednesday about why they haven’t asked him about the Jones photo after peppering him with questions a few weeks back about Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving sharing a link to a documentary containing antisemitic views on social media, it became another viral firestorm on social media.
So the question about Jones and James was brought to Prescott Thursday during his weekly media session.
“I don’t have much to say,” Prescott began before pressing on. “Obviously, we can be more empathetic and give grace to one another. Regardless of race, from the times we’ve come from to where we are now, thinking about the growth we’ve had, that’s who I am, that’s how I think. Optimistic. A guy who is completely bi-racial, black and white. It’s easy for me to speak on race on one side or the other. I don’t always…(pause)…how do I say this…I don’t if I’ve fully processed it all the way, honestly.”
James clearly had time to process and waiting to make a point with the media who cover the Lakers on Wednesday night.
“I got one question for you guys before you guys leave. I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo,” James said. “But when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that.”
For Prescott the answer is nuanced.
“I think whether LeBron is talking about the picture, I think that’s on Jerry to address, right?,” Prescott said. “I mean, and since it was 65 years ago and how times have changed. I mean, look at the man’s resume since then, right? Like I said. I give grace.”
Here is the problem with that.
Jones has never hired a black coach, rarely hired black people in positions of power with the Cowboys, didn’t approve of Colin Kaepernick, and threatened players who kneeled against racism and police brutality. How is that any different that what was happening in 1957?
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