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Dallas Cowboys QB Is the Example Lebron Should Follow

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott has proven himself to be an individual with good character. He demonstrated it time and time again in his reaction to the criticism from NBA basketball player LeBron James.

“The “criticism” in question came from an article in the Washington Post article that showed an image from North Little Rock High School in Arkansas in 1957. The scene was captured when six black students tried to gain entry to the school after being accepted into the school, but were stopped by white students. In the background, a young Jerry Jones can be seen watching.

Jones insists that the photo was taken by an observer, however this doesn’t matter to people like James. Following a match against the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron inquired about why he hadn't been asked regarding Jerry Jones's photo. 

“We're talking about my people and the things that we've been through and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America,” James added. James.

Reporters did question Prescott about the picture, however. Prescott stated that the photograph appeared to be “Jerry's to address,” however, he added this piece of wisdom further down.

“Obviously, we can be more empathetic and give grace to one another, regardless of race,” Prescott said. “From the times we've come from to where we are now, thinking about the growth we've had.”

“That's who I am, how I think–optimistic,” said Prescott. “I mean, a guy who is completely biracial, black and white, it's easy for me to speak about race on one side or another.”

Prescott continued to promote the virtues of grace, and said that if the world was as racially polarized as they were in the moment the photograph was taken, Prescott wouldn't be in the position he is. 

“So I believe in grace and change,” declared Prescott.

Prescott's perspective is much more insightful than James's. While James wants to force people to answer for events that took place many decades ago in their previous lives, Prescott is looking at the improvements made and the implications in the near future.

It is important to consider that Jones is the boss of Prescott, however, the quarterback of the American team has always respected those around him. Last year, Prescott stepped up for his ex-teammate Amari Cooper when Cooper refused to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

“Let's not try to knock the guy or put the guy down for a personal decision,” said Prescott on Cooper.

The question of whether Jones was trying to stop students of color from entering the school or was there as an observer does not really matter. Nobody is the same person that they were a few decades ago. They're not exactly the same they were just a few years ago. Every person develops, has different views, and experiences that alter their perspectives.

We're a long way from the year 1957, and James's effort to make a story out of an incident that took place a long time ago appears more like an attempt to boost his personal power instead of a social good. The model to be followed here is Prescott's, who's much less interested in dredging the old wounds of his past and more concerned with building on the good work already established.

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