Ice Cube is one of the few not criticizing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for his opposition to the NFL national anthem protests.
Late last July, Prescott was asked about the issue and said, “I never protest during the anthem and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such at peace and I think it does the same for a lot of people playing the game, watching the game and a lot of people that have any impact of the game. So when you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game … it takes away. It takes away from the joy and to the love that football brings a lot of people.” He came under fire from many on social media and otherwise for his answer and rapper The Game said Prescott should “throw on that MAGA hat.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said previously that he wants his players to stand or face being fired. On Thursday night when the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers played in their first pre-season game, only one 49ers player protested by raising a fist during the national anthem.
Ice Cube, who is making the interview rounds for his BIG3 basketball league, talked to the Atlanta Black Star where he weighed in and said he supported Prescott for sharing his own opinion on the matter. He said, “You should do what you feel. That’s whats supposed to be great about being in America, you do what you feel. You don’t have to be in lock step 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. 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.”
— Blair Halliday