If Dallas Cowboys players make any kind of gesture during the national anthem regarding social injustice, Dak Prescott believes it should be an individual choice, and coach Mike McCarthy supports his quarterback.

“That’s what this country is about, the freedom to do that, the freedom to express yourself,” Prescott said Wednesday. “We heard Mr. Jones [Cowboys owner Jerry Jones] talk about grace and sharing grace and having grace with players in what they want to do. If I had it my way, that’s exactly what we’d do is express ourselves individually, but love and support one another collectively.”

On Thursday, McCarthy said, “I think it’s what’s best for all of us. I think the individuality of expressing yourself is part of that decision. I saw Dak’s comments this morning and I think he expressed it very well. I thought he hit the nail right on the head, and that’s the way we’ll move forward.”

How the Cowboys handle the anthem prior to the Sept. 13 opener against the Los Angeles Rams will be viewed with more scrutiny because Jones has said in the past that players must stand or not play.

Prescott pledged $1 million for police reform after George Floyd was killed in May. Prescott has taken part in discussions with local police departments over the past year and is in the process of starting programs through his foundation.

“We need the trust. Trust is both ways. It’s just such a sensitive time we’re in. It’s very unfortunate,” Prescott said. “But I think the best thing we can all do is educate ourselves right now. Just because we’re popular doesn’t mean that we’re politicians. So I think we all need to be better at that — at educating ourselves and figuring out exactly what it is we can do and the particular role we can play within our communities and then further that.”

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