Dak Prescott Fined $25K for Comments About Fans Throwing Trash at Refs
In SummaryThe Dallas Cowboys quarterback thought fans were throwing objects at the players, but changed his tune when he learned their intended target. He later apologized.
Dak Prescott apologized to NFL officials after he initially credited fans for throwing trash and objects at the referees after the Dallas Cowboys loss to San Francisco.
The apology was not accepted.
Prescott originally thought fans were throwing thrash at his teammates, but when he learned fans were throwing thrash at the officiating crew, the $160 million quarterback said, “A credit to them.”
He took to Twitter to apologize for his words.
“I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after the game on Sunday,” Prescott said on Twitter. “I was caught up in the emotion of a disappointing loss and my words were uncalled for and unfair. I hold the NFL Officials in the highest regard and have always respected their professionalism and the difficulty of their jobs. The safety of everyone who attends a game or participates on the field of a sporting event is a very serious matter. That was a mistake on my behalf, and I am sorry.”
A video surfaced of the thrash throwing, which showed the officials running into the tunnels. Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was behind the officials and blocked a thrown object with his helmet.
“That s— was aimed at the refs. … It had nothing to do with me,” Lawrence said.
The Cowboys lost 23-17 to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Round at the AT&T Stadium on Jan. 16.
The 49ers will play the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship on Sunday. The winner punches its ticket to go to the Super Bowl.