Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott ruffled the feathers of many when he disagreed with protests during the national anthem, but he stands by what he said and knew his opinion would not be a popular one.

“I made my statements. I stand by what I said,” Prescott said. “Some people might have misunderstood or whatever, but I know what I said, and I feel strongly about what I said. It is what it is.”

Prescott first made headlines with his thoughts toward the protests late last month when he was questioned about the stance that team owner Jerry Jones took by stating the Cowboys must stand with “toe on the line” during the pregame ceremony.

“The game of football has always brought me such at 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 that have any impact of the game. So when you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game, it takes away,” he shared.

Part of the backlash Prescott received was a mural that went up depicting the quarterback as being stuck in the sunken place by artists Trey Wilder and also being named “Donkey of the Week” by Charlamagne Tha God.