Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw a party at his house. Running back Ezekiel Elliott was in attendance. So were others. There was a big buffet of food, some drinks, and loud music. Usually, especially during the NFL offseason, this wouldn't be a big deal, but these are not normal times.
During the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing has become the new way of life. Everyone across the United States, including Texas, has been ordered to limit social gatherings of more than 10 people. Those are the official CDC guidelines. So when TMZ Sports reported Prescott hosted a group for a birthday party at the Prosper, Texas home, backlash followed.
It's been a few days since the quarantine party, but Prescott wanted to clear the air once and for all.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott's Quarantine Party
Specific details of the party are unknown. Video proof just shows it happened. Prosper Police were even called to scene, but the number of guests isn't clear. So many people were frustrated by this, especially Prescott himself.
He wanted to set the record straight.
"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," he said in the statement, via ESPN. "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."
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Potentially breaking social distancing guidelines at Prescott's house isn't setting a good example, but it is certainly forgivable. These are tough times for everyone, including Cowboys stars Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott. Just understand there won't be another potential party anytime soon.
Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones will make sure of it.
"We've certainly communicated with Dak and Zeke. I think they're certainly aware now of how sensitive these situations are and I don't think you'll be seeing that anymore," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. "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."
When this is all over, the next party at Prescott's home should be pretty epic.
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