FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott apologized Tuesday via Twitter for his postgame comments regarding fans throwing bottles and debris at officials after Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. San Francisco 49ers.
A post-game question to Prescott on Sunday first indicated fans were throwing things at his teammates in anger, which he called “sad.” However, when told that the items were directed at the officials, he said, “Congratulations to them then. Congratulations to them.
He had a chance to walk back the comments at the end of his press conference and didn’t.
Tuesday, he tweeted three times to his 1.4 million followers to apologize, writing:
“I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after Sunday’s game. I was caught up in the emotion of a disappointing loss and my comments were unjustified and unfair.
“I hold NFL officials in the highest regard and have always respected their professionalism and the difficulty of their work. The safety of everyone attending a game or participating on the field of a sporting event is a matter very serious.
“It was a mistake on my part, and I’m sorry.”
Prescott, who is a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award, has been criticized for his comments by the media and the NBA Referees Association.
The Umpires Association posted on his official Twitter account on Tuesday: “The NBRA condemns Dak Prescott’s comments condoning violence against game officials. As an NFL leader, he should know better. We encourage the NFL to take action to discourage this behavior deplorable in the future.”
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan on Monday, Cowboys executive vice-president Stephen Jones condemned the actions of the fans.
“It’s just unfortunate,” Jones said. “That’s not how I see our fans. I think we’re a class act. I think there’s no room for things like that. I understand people being frustrated, but I don’t understand throwing things on the field where people could get hurt. There’s just no place for that.