Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott threw a birthday party for a friend last Friday. However, reports say at one point the party had over 30 people.
This was in direct violation of the Texas governor’s social distancing order.
On Tuesday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team has talked to Prescott and Elliott. They were told not to conducting gatherings while under quarantine.
“We’ve certainly communicated with Dak and Zeke,” Jones said. “And I think they’re certainly aware now of how sensitive these situations are. I don’t think you’ll be seeing that anymore.
“They are certainly guys that we have the utmost respect for. I certainly know they understand the sensitivity of the situation we’re in, it’s certainly very serious and something we know they understand.”
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The NFL Network obtained a statement released by Prescott:
“I understand and accept that there are additional responsibilities and media scrutiny that come with being an NFL quarterback, but it is very frustrating and disappointing when people provide completely inaccurate information from anonymous sources, especially now,” Prescott stated.
“To set the record straight — I know that we all need to do our best to socially distance and like everyone else, I am continuing to adjust to what that requires, but the truth is that I was with fewer than 10 people for a home dinner — not a party — on Friday night. I am very sensitive to the challenges we are all facing and making sure to support the first responders and medical personnel and everyone else putting in long hours.
“We are all at a time when we need to keep educating ourselves about the importance of health and isolation during this pandemic and I will continue to make sure to do my part by following the guidelines until we are approved to start returning to normal activities.”
The NFL has closed facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have stressed to players to follow social distancing requirements implemented by state and local governments. The circumstances have led to the league conducting the 2020 NFL Draft virtually. The league is also beginning a virtual workout program for teams beginning next week.