NBA referees condemn Dak Prescott’s recent comments about fans throwing items at officials

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The NFL hasn’t said anything about Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott‘s comments that condoned, if not welcomed, the throwing of items by fans at game officials. The NFL Referees Association hasn’t said anything, either.

Chiming in, surprisingly, is the NBA Referees Association.

“The NBRA condemns the comments by Dak Prescott condoning violence against game officials,” the NBRA said on Twitter. “As an NFL leader, he should know better. We encourage the NFL to take action to discourage this deplorable behavior in the future.”

Prescott hasn’t walked back his comments. On Monday, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said there’s no place in the game for throwing items at officials.

Jones is right. It’s a criminal act, and it could injure the intended target of the attack, or a bystander. Technology exists to spot those who engaged in such conduct. They should be identify, and they should be banned from any further NFL events.

Prescott should also find a way to send a clear message to fans that they should not, under any circumstances, throw objects at anyone.

70 responses to “NBA referees condemn Dak Prescott’s recent comments about fans throwing items at officials

  1. You would expect more from a $40 million per year franchise quarterback but, as everyone knows, Dak is a fraud. He should be ashamed of himself.

  2. I live in the DFW area and until now i really thought Dak was at least a decent guy. You have to be a real scumbag to make the comments he made.

  3. Dak seemed like a punk on hard knocks. Didn’t like him then, don’t like him now. So not classy.

  4. Referees also shouldnt ruin post season games but i dont hear their unions discussing that.

  5. OMG Really? First, okay, Dak was upset and said something stupid. But the notion that he needs to say something so people are clear NOT to break the law is….ridiculous. The fans were unhappy too. Yeah, I don’t blame them for being upset, but they are likely adults that face the consequences of breaking the law. Yup, there is a way with technology to find out who did it. Let the authorities use that, and let them do their job. Dak is the QB of the Dallas Cowboys. We should let him do his job, and that doen’t include being the fans’ mommy. Errr…at least I hope not.

  6. When I learned Prescott didn’t know to hand the ball to an official after failing to forewarn the same official of the play they were running, I thought he wasn’t very bright. After condoning the behavior of mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers, he’s chiseled his legacy in-stone: Dumb as a rock.

  7. Fans shouldn’t be throwing stuff at the refs, but at the same time officiating has been horrible and you’d have to be naïve to think something like this could never happen after a controversial call. The NFL should have never let the bad officiating get to this point

  8. The way the NFL has embraced criminals in recent years maybe they should identify and reward these fans with free season tickets and free Super Bowl tickets.

  9. The way Dak went about this was bad- really bad.

    Makes one wonder, for a guy like Dak, who has tried so hard to appear as a team guy and carefully manage his public persona, that the mask didn’t slip off for a minute there.

  10. I’ll admit it. I’ve thrown stuff at officials on my tv plenty of times. It usually cleans up with some Windex, but one time I had to replace a cracked 65″ Samsung.

  11. When a star athlete encourages violence against others – unapologetically – it is a statement about where we are as a culture. The fact that Dak is unwilling to take responsibility for his failure as a quarterback at the end of the game speak for itself. He is not the leader everybody thought he was. Eventually, character is revealed when the chips are down. He makes excuses instead of being accountable for his actions. Being a $40 million a year victim will forever tarnish any legacy Dak was attempting create. Blaming others is the bane of our culture right now.

  12. Aside from just being a dumb thing to say in general, does Dak realize that there will be officials at every single one of his games for the rest of his career? These guys aren’t going to forget this. Good luck getting those 50/50 calls in the future, Dak. Late hit in on the QB? Nope. Didn’t see it and it’s not reviewable.

  13. Looks like the shine is off of the “Golden Boy “ Dak.
    He’s going to need to do a lot of fancy dancing to get out of this one. The best thing he has going for him is that his season is over. If he can lay low until this summer, people may forget this.

  14. @Buford’s Bucs
    People aren’t bashing him because he didn’t tell a certain number of Dallas fans what not to do. They’re up in arms because when asked about what they had already done he publicly condoned and encouraged their dispicable behavior.
    Big difference.

  15. Dak fits right into the repugnant attitude of the Cowboys’ organization and its fans. They act like they DESERVE the Lombardi Trophy when, if fact, they haven’t come close to EARNING it first.

  16. Dakota has proven he is unworthy of being a professional athlete. His actions after the fact suggest he is a spoiled, entitled snowflake who cannot accept responsibility for stupid actions.

    I am reminded of a situation with Joe Theisman of the Washington franchise who had one play that was called by Joe Gibbs and he ran another because he felt the other was a better play. Theisman was right and he made the play for positive outcome. Dakota had a chance to do the right thing and to use his professional talent against a move that lacked commonsense by either his head coach or sniveling offensive coordinator. Dakota could have shown he was a competitor.

    He chose to phone it in and to run the play as called without giving the play a full review as to what would be needed to make it a success. And while Dakota did not call the play, he is the one who executed it so poorly that even a high school student would be lambasted.

    And now the miscreant has the nerve to approve of cowardly Cowfools throwing things on the field to show their disapproval with the refs?

    What should happen is Dakota be put in stockades and for Dallas fans to throw things at his balding head so he’ll get a clue on how to be a man and to stand on his own two feet and to accept what it takes to be a man.

    Tony Romo no longer is the choker that cost his team the most important victory. Now we have the idiot, the blithering idiot, Dakota, who failed to do the simplest aspects of his job as he should. And then he has the nerve to support unlawful fan conduct?

    What are you going to do about this NFL and Dallas? It is time you start doing more than pandering to your stupid snowflakes and to demand they act like they are grown up and have an ounce of maturity!

  17. Dak Prescott is the poster boy for victim consciousness. We’ve all lived through that at some point in our lives, but when you are a team leader with such influence in our culture… you’ve got to man up. He claims to be sensitive. Fine, then use sensitivity as a strength. Dak is exposing himself as operating on lower vibrational consciousness.

  18. Not a Dallas fan. But come on. How many times has a football fan after refs blew a game wanted to or wished someone would throw something at them? Not bottles or batteries or anything just something that wouldn’t injure them.

  19. DAK= Dumb AZZ Kid…what a scumbag lowlife. Bottles and other types of debris should not be thrown at refs for making the right call or any other reason.

  20. I applaud Dak Prescott. At least he didn’t send a mob of terrorists to the US Capitol to try to overthrow the United States Government. How’d the NBA refs feel about that?

  21. Dak is as bright as most Cowboy fans! They can’t realize something is their own ignorance! I can only hope this happens for many more years to come!

  22. When you’re that dumb and you know you made a mistake of that magnitude in front of the entire world, you do what any half-wit weasel in his situation would do………..you shift the focus onto others.

    With every possible combination of words in the English language, in that moment of accountability, that’s what he came up with. We now know for certain who and what Dak Prescott is. I’m bummed his ankle injury wasn’t career-ending.

  23. So how does the NBA Officials feel about the Uyghurs Concentration camps in China, one of the NBA’s biggest customers? I’ll wait……

  24. charliecharger says:
    January 18, 2022 at 7:07 pm
    I applaud Dak Prescott. At least he didn’t send a mob of terrorists to the US Capitol to try to overthrow the United States Government. How’d the NBA refs feel about that?
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    He lives rent-free in your head…..lol….smh…..

  25. I’m absolutely tired of people comparing Tony Romo to Dak. I never saw Tony Romo play scared. That dude was willing to sling it all over the field and his receivers didn’t have to be wide open for Romo to throw it to them and give his team a chance. Say what you will but the dude had guts.

  26. Much to do about nothing. The salary cap and Dak’s huge salary is the undoing of the Cowboys. Not some trash thrown on the field. Get read for a hard 7 seven years.

  27. Still waiting to hear from hbtc2020. Oh wait that’s right, this isn’t about baker mayfield.

  28. Zak complains about trash being thrown at players going into the tunnel. But endorses fans throwing trash at the refs. Was Zak really mad at the fans more being far more accurate on their throwing than his throwing on the field?

  29. Total scumbag comments and im surprised he didn’t release any apology today. When the Cowboys lose America wins!!

  30. 50Stars says:
    January 18, 2022 at 6:46 pm
    Referees also shouldnt ruin post season games but i dont hear their unions discussing that.
    ________

    You’ve had plenty of ludicrous comments in the past. This one tops them all.

  31. Issued apology:
    “I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after the game on Sunday.

    I was caught up in the emotion of a disappointing loss and my words were uncalled for and unfair.”

  32. pedrocreek says:
    January 18, 2022 at 7:11 pm
    So how does the NBA Officials feel about the Uyghurs Concentration camps in China, one of the NBA’s biggest customers? I’ll wait……
    ____________

    Your whataboutism is noted. And I seriously doubt that you care one bit about the Uyghurs.

  33. If the NBA Refs were told that the plastic bottles being thrown at the NFL refs came from China, they wouldn’t have any comment……

  34. The biggest shame is that Dak and his team were one-and-done in the playoffs and he doesn’t seem to think anything is wrong with that.

  35. It is unfortunate the comments were made, but in the heat of the moment they were spoken. I’m sure at some point he’ll come around and admit he was wrong. All of you all who make nasty comments on this comment board all the time should take a moment to walk back some of your own comments said in anger.

  36. gibson45 says:
    January 18, 2022 at 7:56 pm
    pedrocreek says:
    January 18, 2022 at 7:11 pm
    So how does the NBA Officials feel about the Uyghurs Concentration camps in China, one of the NBA’s biggest customers? I’ll wait……
    ____________

    Your whataboutism is noted. And I seriously doubt that you care one bit about the Uyghurs.
    ————————————
    Considering you don’t know me, and have NO idea what I “care” about, maybe you should just stay in your lane…..smh….

  37. Buford’s Bucs says:
    January 18, 2022 at 6:47 pm
    OMG Really? First, okay, Dak was upset and said something stupid. But the notion that he needs to say something so people are clear NOT to break the law is….ridiculous. The fans were unhappy too. Yeah, I don’t blame them for being upset, but they are likely adults that face the consequences of breaking the law. Yup, there is a way with technology to find out who did it. Let the authorities use that, and let them do their job. Dak is the QB of the Dallas Cowboys. We should let him do his job, and that doen’t include being the fans’ mommy. Errr…at least I hope not.
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    I suppose you think the FBI is going to help the NFL figure out who was tossing water bottles. Right?

  38. I find it hilarious the NBRA feels the need to chime in on this. Maybe because they are the worst, most subjective refs in any sport.

  39. Shinnbone says:
    January 18, 2022 at 7:59 pm
    If the NBA Refs were told that the plastic bottles being thrown at the NFL refs came from China, they wouldn’t have any comment……
    ____________

    You people are obsessed with China. Please try to understand that China has been presented to you as a boogeyman, an object to drive your fear and prey upon your supposed patriotism. China poses no threat to you individually. China has no interest in conquering the United States.

  40. You have to hand it to the Cowboys, they sure do know how to end a season on a disastrous and embarrassing note.

  41. Just one more reason why I don’t attend live sporting events. Too many idiots doing stupid things.

  42. gibson45 says:
    January 18, 2022 at 8:27 pm
    Shinnbone says:
    January 18, 2022 at 7:59 pm
    If the NBA Refs were told that the plastic bottles being thrown at the NFL refs came from China, they wouldn’t have any comment……
    ____________

    You people are obsessed with China. Please try to understand that China has been presented to you as a boogeyman, an object to drive your fear and prey upon your supposed patriotism. China poses no threat to you individually. China has no interest in conquering the United States.
    ————————————————-

    Well heck, if YOU say it, then why should we not believe it?…..lol…..

  43. The comments here are so spicy. The officials are terrible and inconsistent at best. It’s part of the game, but it shouldn’t be.

    The NFL needs to create rules that allow for one thing above all else – getting it right. The Refs are human and you’re asking (well paid) part time workers to watch the best athletes in the world fight over inches traveling (sometimes) over 20MPH. It’s a hard gig. Cut the refs some slack and place the blame right where it belongs – Rodger Goodell.

    With that being said, it’s ok to be upset with officiating. It’s not ok to welcome fans throwing stuff at them. I don’t think Dak deserves as much flack as he is getting because he didn’t tell them to do it again, but he didn’t condone it either.

  44. I’m an old Giants fan and as such, have never had much use for the Cowboys. However, I thought Dak Prescott was class act. These comments are very, very disappointing to say the least.

    At the risk of sounding sacreligious, people need to remember professional football is a GAME. I repeat: a GAME – played by human beings, coached by human beings, and officiated by human beings. Trying to inflict physical harm on someone because you felt you or your team was treated unfairly in a GAME is beyond unacceptable, it’s reprehensible. It’s like the 6 year old little leaguer who throws his bat after striking out. It’s a GAME. Dak Prescott missed an opportunity yesterday to do the right thing and remind everyone of that fact.

    Any individuals who can be positively identified throwing stuff onto the field should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Good grief, somebody could have been seriously hurt. Over a GAME. Reality check people. Or better yet, MORALITY check people.

  45. Dak Prescott is devoid of even a 7th grade intelligence. Stupid last play, compounded by Dak’s lack of knowing the rules. The guy is a perennial loser. Another year and the Cowgirls are one and done. Another year where Jones and his team were all talk and no action. Loved watching Stephen A. Smith cackling over yet again another Boy’s loss…and on such a stupid level. My wife and I were laughing our butts off watching SAS’s hilarious reaction to the latest Boy’s loss. This loss was the most enjoyable yet for this over rated group of losers. LOVED how stupid they performed at the end of the game. You just can’t make this stuff up when it comes to this laughingstock gang of losers. Priceless!!! If they couldn’t win at least ONE playoff game this year, with the cast of players they have on that squad, they never will. Love it. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Dak was just deflecting from his on field play. He deserves many verbal invectives slung his was for just that.
    Smart man, that Dak

    Of course, I’m totally facetious. That guy doesn’t seem to have an iota of common or civic sense.

  47. Back in the day I was on the field crew for a MLS game and we had to wheel out the shot clock as the game was going to come down to penalty kicks. I was (and still am) a soccer novice and didn’t know the shot clock was very unpopular among fans. I learned this fact while I was pelted with bottles and other garbage as we passed close to the fans.

    It was terrifying then but it makes for a good story now.

  48. The officiating this year has been bad. No argument with that. But I saw very few blatantly bad calls during that game. Anyone that says that last play was on the officials is sorely misinformed. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys blew that last play. They, Dak, Moore and McCarthy, all know the rule. The umpire HAS to spot the ball. If anything Cowboy players obstructed his attempt to get to the ball, costing them at least 1 or 2 seconds. And a chance at a game winning touchdown. I have not been a big supporter of the officials this year, but I find no fault with them on that play.

  49. NBA officiating is, by far, the worst of the major sports. I can see why this bothers them so much.

  50. Dak Prescott is not the problem. Needing to be told, by anyone, to not throw things at people, because someone might get hurt is the problem.

  51. Do you think this incident with fans throwing trash at the refs will stop the media from bringing up Philly fans throwing snowballs at Santa back in the last century? Probably not…

  52. Lots of players have said things after a tough loss. What he said was wrong. But all the comments talking about his intelligence are absurd. You know nothing about his intelligence. Dak didn’t call the play.

    The Cowboys had terrible, awful clock management toward the end of that game. That’s not on Dak. That’s on McCarthy. If the team wasn’t drilled on how to properly handle that situation, that’s on McCarthy.

  53. The best part is the referees were correct! Dak is the clueless one who didnt know he had to give the ball to the ump and Dak was the one who spiked it without time. Dak is the guy who ran for too long and make the decision to run and stay in play without timeouts. Dak said it was wrong for the fans to throw stuff at the players when it was Dak and his teammates fault they did not win, but it was okay to throw things at the refs who did their job right. Grow up!

  54. I disagree says:
    January 18, 2022 at 8:23 pm
    I find it hilarious the NBRA feels the need to chime in on this. Maybe because they are the worst, most subjective refs in any sport.

    100% correct! NBA refs have made a beautiful sport unwatchable for the last 25 years and therefore should stay in their lane (manipulating outcomes of games). Having said that; Dak needs to stop putting the blame on others and take a long look in the mirror

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