Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Apologizes For Postgame Comments On Referees

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As Cowboys fans threw trash onto the field of AT&T Stadium following Dallas’ 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Sunday, quarterback Dak Prescott originally thought it was aimed at the team.

Upon learning it was directed towards the officials, Prescott changed his tune.

“Credit to them, then,” Prescott said, as relayed by OutKick’s Sam Amico.

Amid an uproar among fans and media alike, Prescott issued an apology via Twitter Tuesday night.

“I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after the game on Sunday,” the Cowboys quarterback wrote. “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.”

Prescott’s original comments came in response to how the game ended Sunday. With 14 seconds remaining and zero timeouts, Dallas ran a quarterback draw through the middle of the field. As the offense hurried to spike the ball for one last shot at the end zone, the umpire ran over to touch the ball before the next play began, as is required per the NFL’s rules. As a result, the clock dwindled down to zero and the Cowboys’ season came to an end.

While most of the focus shifted to that singular play, the 59:46 that preceded it were just as important. Dallas was undisciplined, committing 14 penalties for 89 yards. The Cowboys came into the postseason leading the NFL with 127 penalties.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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  1. I had no idea the refs made Dak run the ball up the middle with only 14 seconds to go, no timeouts, make him slide late, then hand the ball the the center instead of the ref to spot the ball, which is done on EVERY SINGLE PLAY SINCE THE INCEPTION OF FOOTBALL, thus running out the clock. Stupid refs.

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