Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott are the latest to send bad message regarding the pandemic

@DezBryant

I’m a big fan of Dak Prescott. But I’m not a big fan of anyone who fails to practice social distancing or otherwise comply with federal or state guidelines regarding the importance of staying at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And with lives on the line, I’m not going to shut up when someone with a high profile sets a horrible example.

Yesterday, it was Lamar Jackson, Hollywood Brown, and Antonio Brown. Today, it’s a quintet of players, including Dez Bryant and Dak Prescott. They worked out together away from their homes, and they were photographed arm in arm and in close proximity.

Folks, this is the biggest public-health crisis of our lifetimes. Even if everyone does everything they’re supposed to do, at least 100,000 American will die. The more that people deviate from the requirements, the more people will die. And the more that people see photos of athletes acting like nothing is going on, those who look up to those athletes will think that nothing is going on. And they’ll behave accordingly.

So, please, stay home. Practice social distancing. Even if the virus doesn’t harm or kill you, the more it spreads the more it will harm or kill others.

56 responses to “Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott are the latest to send bad message regarding the pandemic

  1. Well if Dak comes down with it it’s absolutely no loss, because he’s a middle of the road quarterback who’s easily replaced

  2. Ignorance is bliss. Oh how I cannot wait to hear from the “its just the flu” people!!

  3. can we make it a law where if you get sick being an idiot, the non idiots get health care priority?

  4. 100% Mike. Hunkered down in Ohio. Trying to do the right thing. Miss family so much, but want them safe.

  5. This is more than “bad optics.” If folks can’t self discipline themselves, the only option is to make stricter regulations and enforce it.

  6. After this offseason no one fears the Cowboys anyways… at least no one good.

    The Eagles are going to make them 2nd class citizens.

    -Broncos fan

  7. Don’t agree with Florio on some things, but 100% agree on calling guys out for this. As said elsewhere, not only does it set a bad example and puts others at risk, but it’s also spitting in the face of people on the frontlines (healthcare, public safety, grocery staff).

    Imagine one of these guys gets it and spreads it to the others. Then one of those guys goes to the hospital and infects a nurse or doctor, who then a) must now be quarantined until they recover and b) risks infecting their own family. None of that needs to happen.

  8. ….and Dak wants $200 Million…smh. It’s all about decisions, Dak. Decisions on the field and off. This is not a $200 million decision, Mr. Prescott.

  9. They removed all the tables and chairs in our break room at work because people kept sitting together. But even today there was three women standing right next to each other within about a foot. You can tell people a million times and some people just aren’t going to get it.

  10. I heard something the other day that I thought sounded better than “Social Distancing” and I loved it and want everyone to start using it as well …… how about “Physical Distancing?” It sounds more instructive and leaves room for people to socialize with a physical distance between them, right?

    I think the platforms you have here and the reach you have can help spread this message and change the perception of what is required of them. Be physically distant not socially distant.

  11. Blame it on the nba players who say they have it then they’re fine..people with lots of money aren’t as worried as they should be.

  12. Dak wouldn’t even be a topic in the nfl if Cliff Avril didn’t take out Romo in a preseason game. He’s not a leader clearly, but that probably makes him a perfect fit for Merica’s team.

  13. Maybe dannon and Campbell’s should think twice about the irresponsible actions of their pitchman.

  14. >camstinks says:
    >April 2, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    >Well if Dak comes down with it it’s absolutely no loss, because he’s a middle of the >road quarterback who’s easily replaced

    ________________________________________________

    The important part is, how many people could he have possibly infected (potentially fatally)?

  15. camstinks says:
    April 2, 2020 at 8:57 pm
    Well if Dak comes down with it it’s absolutely no loss, because he’s a middle of the road quarterback who’s easily replaced

    Not according to his family and friends. Pretty sure they would experience loss.

  16. This is exactly why the numbers keep growing. Think how many people look at this and say, “Well, if they can do it then we can too “. Terrible example from a guy who wants to get paid.

  17. Wonder if this would void the contract if someone, God forbid, died from COVID after that.

  18. Arrogance, stupidity, and selfishness runs rampant in the NFL because it’s always about these multi-millionaire prima donnas and nothing else – they could not care less about their fans or the directives laid down by the government in regard to social distancing – if they get the virus, it will be their just reward, if they have it and are spreading it around, they deserve prison.

  19. Very selfish of these players and like-minded people. People are showing you who they are right now. Stop putting other people in danger. Nobody cares that you’re bored. Stay out of stores unless you need to be there. Make a list. Get everything you need and go home…..and for the love of God leave your kids at home. They don’t need to be out.

  20. Why do they always think they are above us in what they do and how they act??

    This is a pandemic and they think they are above doing what all of us have to do day in and day out.

    I have to go to work everyday and take these precautions why can’t the follow suit???

    Because they play football they are above it?? Dam fools.

  21. rodgerstonelson says:
    April 2, 2020 at 8:59 pm
    Can not fix stupid.
    ==============
    More arrogance than it is ignorance (I know, ignorance and stupidity are not the same). Some of these athletes learned at an early age that many of society’s rules and expectations do not apply to them. Social distancing is for the common folk.

  22. I guess they figure they are pretty safe because young, healthy, pro, athletes, if they get the sniffles, can get tested and detected early without question. So ridiculous. Everyone stay inside. No one is exempt.

  23. orivar says:
    April 3, 2020 at 3:52 am
    Maybe they all already got tested
    =====
    It takes from 4 to 7 days to get results back from the current test being used. So if they were tested, they either do not yet have the results, or the results show they did not have the virus a week ago. If they are currently experiencing symptoms, which is required for us common people to get a test, then they should be self-isolating at home.

    At any rate, it is a bad look. They could have at least posted a picture that showed them using social distance guidelines. You know, kind of set a good example. I am certain someone was there to wipe off the football after it was thrown and before it was caught. That is possible, right?

  24. orivar says:
    April 3, 2020 at 3:52 am
    Maybe they all already got tested

    Guess you didn’t think about the fact they could still catch it after being tested. Or they may be asymptomatic but still have the virus and still contagious to those in close contact.

  25. This is not dissimilar from the guy who has 8 beers and says, “nah man, I’m good, I can drive and I won’t hurt anybody.” Above the law, superman mentality, we’re all good. It really is hard to fix stupid.

  26. It takes the first time going to a grocery store and seeing an 80 year old man grocery shopping by himself with a mask and gloves on to jolt you into “Whoa, this is serious. Probably shouldn’t be walking around acting like a fool”. That’s what all these athletes are doing.

  27. The NFL (Roger Goodell) and/or Jerry Jones should have a form of discipline for them. It’s not about them hanging out or working out it’s that the CDC guidelines that are being spoke on all day every day are not a joke. There are healthy people in their 30s that have no underlying medical conditions that are catching this virus and dying. Children look up to these celebrities and professional athletes; being so flippant about this deadly pandemic is reckless!

  28. In their age group, they stand a 0.02% chance if dying. Of those 0.02%, 99.9% have at least one prior condition. If they get C-19, they will have at least seasonal immunity and run much less risk of transmitting it to others. Protect the vulnerable by quarantining them. I think we’ll understand that would’ve been the better approach when half the country is unemployed and recession causes more deaths when people can’t afford medical care.

  29. so you want to be the face of the Dallas Cowboys and you behave like this.
    it would give me pause if im an owner having to guarantee hundreds of millions of dollars to someone who cant follow simple instructions when the worlds health is on the line.

  30. spacedive1 says:
    April 3, 2020 at 10:06 am
    In their age group, they stand a 0.02% chance if dying. Of those 0.02%, 99.9% have at least one prior condition. If they get C-19, they will have at least seasonal immunity and run much less risk of transmitting it to others. Protect the vulnerable by quarantining them. I think we’ll understand that would’ve been the better approach when half the country is unemployed and recession causes more deaths when people can’t afford medical care.
    ===============
    Everything you assert may be true, but we are NOT quarantining the vulnerable. We are asking/expecting everyone to follow certain guidelines and policies. Many people are not. The country might look back and see that we made mistakes. Hindsight is always perfect. For now, people to to take actions to protect everyone.

  31. It is apparently a requirement to have at least one “former-star-WR-no-longer-in-the-league” at your workout.

  32. Picture is proof – they don’t deserve the millions they are holding out for. My respect for them just left. I always liked them as elite players. Now – they are worst and deserve to be benched. Start someone with respect for all of us and our world.

  33. Dr. Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, has been using “Physical Distancing” for some time. It is a very easy concept to follow, if you want to.

  34. I’ve noticed that Trump doesn’t wear a mask or practice social distancing. He is supposedly our leader. So why should they? Leadership starts at the top.

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