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Ice Cube Defends Quarterback’s Patriotic Stance on National Anthem Protests

Here's why the rapper broke away from other celebrities who are criticizing NFL athlete Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (shown above right) is one of a handful of NFL athletes who refuse to protest the national anthem.

“It’s bigger than … some of us think. I mean, it’s just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart, represent our country, and just be thankful. And not take anything I’ve been given and my freedom for granted,” he has said about his respect for the national anthem and the American flag.

It may be a patriotic stance that many fans will celebrate, but it has earned Prescott some angry responses from leftist celebrities.

On his radio show, comedian D.L. Hughley compared Prescott to a slave — and actually used the word “boy” to describe him.

“I understand you want to make your money. You could have said nothing, but you chose to speak for the master. You chose to speak for the master. And I say this — it’s perfect for that two players who would speak up for the Cowboys owner — at least you got the ‘boy’ part right,” he said.

Rapper The Game used similar language, and on Twitter called Prescott a “coon” for the stance.

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One celebrity who will not be joining the chorus of hate is rapper Ice Cube (shown above left).

“You should do what you feel. That’s what’s supposed to be great about being in America, you do what you feel,” Cube said in a recent interview, according to Deadline Hollywood. “You don’t have to be in lockstep with anybody. Not the community, not with the coach, not the owner. You do what you feel. And when you do that, sometimes you gotta let the chips fall where they may and live with your decision.”

He continued, “What I think he’s doing is what everybody should probably do — is make a decision and live with that and roll with that. At a certain point, it becomes everybody else’s problem. Not his. It’s only his problem if he allows it to be; if he allows somebody to change his position. You gotta live with the decision.”

New rules state players must be on the field and stand for the national anthem, yet protests have continued.

Some athletes have taken to raising their fists, while others are still kneeling or staying off the field.

See some of the protests in the video below:

(photo credit, article image: Shutterstock.com / Dak Prescott, CC BY 4.0, by Jeffrey Beall)

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