Dak Prescott admits having a “home dinner” with “fewer than 10 people” present

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott disputes that report that he had up to 30 people at his house on Friday night.

“I understand and accept that there are additional responsibilities and media scrutiny that come with being an NFL quarterback, but it is very frustrating and disappointing when people provide completely inaccurate information from anonymous sources, especially now,” Prescott said in a statement issued to PFT. “To set the record straight, I know that we all need to do our best to socially distance and like everyone else, I am continuing to adjust to what that requires, but the truth is that I was with fewer than 10 people for a home dinner — not a party — on Friday night. I am very sensitive to the challenges we are all facing and making sure to support the first responders and medical personnel and everyone else putting in long hours. We are all at a time when we need to keep educating ourselves about the importance of health and isolation during this pandemic and I will continue to make sure to do my part by following the guidelines until we are approved to start returning to normal activities.”

Prescott’s statement doesn’t address the fact that merely having visitors to his home from their own homes violates the pending “stay at home” order in Texas. Even though Prescott didn’t violate the order because he was in his own home, he facilitated the violations necessarily committed by others, like Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

TMZ.com posted photos from the gathering, and reported that the event had at one point as many as 30 people in Prescott’s home for a friend’s birthday party.

One photo showed a table prepared for a meal, with place settings that would have placed the people sitting at the table far closer than six feet apart. This, according to source who requested anonymity, was not a photo of Dak’s dining room, and it was not used in any way for the dinner party. Instead, it came from the restaurant that supplied the food, “with the acknowledgement that we will celebrate soon.”

Earlier in the day, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones addressed the situation in a manner that strongly implied fault on the part of Prescott and Elliott, who reportedly was present for the event at Prescott’s home.

We’ve certainly communicated with Dak and Zeke,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “And I think they’re certainly aware now of how sensitive these situations are. I don’t think you’ll be seeing that any more. They are certainly guys we have the utmost respect for. I certainly know they understand the sensitivity of the situation we’re in, it’s certainly very serious, and something we know they understand.”

So regardless of what did or didn’t happen on Friday night, the message has been sent. Here’s hoping that anyone paying attention to the situation realizes the importance of continuing to respect stay at home orders, both by staying home and by not inviting others to leave their homes for a visit, a dinner, whatever.

58 responses to “Dak Prescott admits having a “home dinner” with “fewer than 10 people” present

  1. Good job detective Florio. Will be on the lookout, or on your twitter for more updates of people not following the rules.

  2. What would Prescott say under oath? Is he willing to perjure himself? Wonder if this potential violation of law would violate a morals clause in an NFL contract?

  3. I love the PR statement. Don’t forget the orphans. Mention the orphans too Dak. It tested through the roof on males 49 to 21.

  4. Why not just say “I was irresponsible in my judgement of the situation our society is facing”. Doesn’t your agent have a publicist ? You just can’t fix stupid.

    Downplaying it or lying just digs the hole deeper.

  5. I don’t think we need to beat Dak over the head with this story but it was pretty clear he was in violation of state rules and the spread looks like it was meant to accommodate way more than ten people. At this point I wish he would just be quiet about it or simply apologize and move on.

  6. I’m glad Dak’s agent was able to remotely write that press release assuring us Dak’s an angel.

  7. He works out with Bryant but doesn’t want to participate in virtual OTA? Yes, OTAs are voluntary but as a QB, leader on team, and asking for huge contract, wouldnt you want to participate and help make team better?

  8. In other words “I got caught. I’m an idiot, but since I’m rich I’m above the law” In the immortal words of Rex Ryan, what a turd.

  9. Ayone who considers TMZ as a reliable source needs to have his hinges re-attached! As the boys say oer at the train station “he went off the rails”.

  10. mzew233 says:

    April 14, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Good job detective Florio. Will be on the lookout, or on your twitter for more updates of people not following the rules

    Reminds me of that episode of Andy Griffith where Andy leaves for the day to Mt Pilot and puts Barney in charge while he he gone. When he comes back he finds that Barney had everyone thrown in jail for various infractions including Ant Bee and the Mayor.

  11. If you look at the picture of the table, there’s 10 seat placements. So unless some people didn’t show up, he’s lying by saying that there were ‘fewer’ than 10 people.

  12. I have no interest in looking up the pics as truthfully idc if he did but since Florio wants to he should start identifying and numbering people in the pics and see how many he can get to. If theres time stamps it’s easier if not if he gets to 30 its more than likely there were more than 10 people at least at 1 point.

  13. Prescott is not currently an employee of the Dallas Cowboys, so I hope he told the Joneses to pound sand.

  14. “One photo showed a table prepared for a meal, with place settings that would have placed the people sitting at the table far closer than six feet apart. This, according to source who requested anonymity, was NOT A PHOTO OF DAK’S DINING ROOM, AND IT WAS NOT USED IN ANY WAY FOR THE DINNER PARTY.”
    ————————–

    So… MEDIA-FAKED news. And PFT ran with it without confirming accuracy.

    Should have been obvious I guess. First photo was a buffet-layout of food. Second photo was a fancy, sit-down style table placesetting.

  15. So it was more if a “Truth be damned” report than a “Pandemic be damned” party? Just because these people violated the order doesn’t give the press the right to exagerrate the facts and stir up anger.

  16. So if you’re gonna bust his chops for not toeing the line in the quarantine, how you gonna be his mainest cheerleader in contract and pay talks?

  17. Well,I’m A CHEF,and CATERER
    I personally can tell you that table in the pic is for 10 people “BUT that’s just 1 table” .
    The food i seen WAS ordered from someplace + IT’S NO PLACE CLOSE to the amount for 30 people .
    MAYBE 8-10

    and i hate the cowboys , just coming from a CHEFS perceptive

  18. rodgerstonelson says:
    April 14, 2020 at 5:24 pm
    snitches get stiches.
    ____________________________
    And people that tell the truth are often the most hated.

  19. Dak, do you think we are all tDAK gullible. A home dinner , really? Why don’t you just admit you screwed up and stop insulting us. I thought you were a stand up guy 4 months ago . I guess not .

  20. Admit it, own up to your poor decision, apologize and move on. It will be forgotten in a month.

  21. Jerry was the first to pump up Prescott now he get’s more full of himself each day.

  22. Not the type of judgment you want to see from your soon to be among the two highest paid players on the team. What exactly did Dak not understand about the situation? Is he honestly saying he didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to have that dinner? No way anyone can believe that. I

  23. If anyone believes that everyone at this gathering exorcised social distancing at that “dinner” I have some land I want to sell you. He made a bad decision off the field and was caught doing so and he still wants to be paid $40 million per year to make bad decisions on the field. Jerry won’t cut him loose, even though he should. But that’s typical Jerry the enabler.

  24. Well the news media is nothing but accurate and unbiased, so I have no reason not to believe them…………right? Some may not see this as sarcasm, so it’s sarcasm.

  25. Hate the cowboys & can do without dak but get off his back, unless you can confirm there were 30+ people there, leave it alone. And even then, even if there were 30 people, it would be his own fault if it didn’t end well

  26. Michael E says:

    “Wish I had been there”
    ___________

    We all wish you had been there also, getting up close and personal with every dinner attendee. Letting them breathe right in your face. In fact, find as many groups as you can and cozy up close to every person there. See how that works out for you.

  27. I hate what this virus has done to us as human beings. So many of us have stooped to the “I’m telling on you” mentality of a 5 year old. Say what you want but we’re still people. Is what Dak did worse than the elbow to elbow people crowding the supermarkets? I’m hearing hair-dye is now harder to find than toilet paper. Where’s the post about some QB’s wife buying out the hair-dye?

  28. Let’s see how many media outlets including PFT decide to apologize for running with a “story” that was never confirmed until now and instead of 30 there were 10 people present which was well within the Texas guidelines..

  29. SnarkTastic says:
    April 14, 2020 at 5:40 pm
    Prescott is not currently an employee of the Dallas Cowboys, so I hope he told the Joneses to pound sand.
    ————
    Would you do that before asking him to pay you 40 Million dollars a year, or after?……smh…..

  30. thesnakestabler says:
    April 14, 2020 at 8:10 pm
    Let’s see how many media outlets including PFT decide to apologize for running with a “story” that was never confirmed until now and instead of 30 there were 10 people present which was well within the Texas guidelines..
    —————–
    Article says there is a stay at home order…..I don’t think there is a 10 person cap….

  31. Regardless of whether he is right or wrong, the fact he did not realize the optics of this & his “workout” with his buddies tells the tale.
    Either incredibly entitled or stupid or both.

  32. Maybe Dak and Zeke could research why black people are more susceptible to this virus, but in separation next time. Not too bright are they???

  33. Unbelievable that this guy is in line to make $30+ million per year with this type of decision making. Caveat emptor Jerry!

  34. Dak doesn’t really care what people think. Common curtesy and rules of society don’t apply to him. He’s got his mind in his money and his money on his mind. That’s all these moron athletes care about.

  35. It has nothing to do with any ‘additional responsibilities being an NFL quarterback.’ It’s all about not being an idiot.

  36. I certainly hope we have some real answers soon. Certainly, Dak knows the rules and certainly will play by them. We are certainly living in certainly different times. Certainly, this will certainly pass and we can certainly get back to the upcoming season, which will certainly happen one way or another. Certainly.

  37. Dak, why didn’t you sign the contract back in Sept? You are messing around and you might not be offered any contract. Better 20 million a year than ZERO million a year. Someone is giving you really bad advice….. your agent?

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