Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is speaking out about an alleged party that reportedly took place at his Prosper home over the Easter holiday weekend.
The incident was reported April 11 on the website of TMZ, which posted photos and video of the gathering that was reportedly attended by more 30 people, including Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
The TMZ report has been disputed by sources close to Prescott, who contend that no more than 10 individuals were in attendance.
Prescott reportedly has also called the report inaccurate.
On March 31, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order stating “Every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.”
According to published reports, the Prosper Police Department investigated the incident but was unable to verify that a party had taken place at the residence.
However, an officer reportedly reminded a resident at the home about CDC guidelines for social distancing, which advise people to stay at least 6 feet from others and to avoid crowded places as well as mass gatherings.
On April 13, the Prosper Police Department posted a statement on its Facebook page, which did not directly address the incident allegedly involving Prescott and Elliott.
The statement did explain that the town “continues to seek voluntary compliance in regard to all applicable local and state disaster orders through awareness and education initiatives. … We all have a social responsibility to adhere to the CDC guidelines, and the expectations of all applicable disaster orders.”
The statement also read, in part, that “In the event the Town of Prosper receives a complaint or concern about guidelines or expectations not being met, the Prosper Police Department will respond. It is not the Town’s desire to immediately issue a citation. A more appropriate approach under this current health crisis is to provide information and education; however, we will consider additional enforcement actions/options as needed and when appropriate.”
On Tuesday, Prescott issued a statement about the alleged incident at his home to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
The Star-Telegram also reported that Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones on Tuesday told 105.3 FM The Fan that the organization has already discussed the alleged incident with Prescott and Elliott.
“We’ve certainly communicated with Dak and Zeke,” Jones said. “I think they’re certainly aware now of how sensitive these situations are and I don’t think you’ll be seeing that anymore. … I certainly know they understand the sensitivity of the situation we’re in, it’s certainly very serious and something we know they understand.”