Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant continue to ignore social distancing
Public health officials have recommended practicing social distancing and maintaining isolation in order to help curb the spread of coronavirus, and multiple states have implemented “shelter in place” mandates.
However, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant have not been complying with state orders.
Bryant — who is hoping for an NFL return — posted videos of both himself and Prescott working out at A+D1 Training despite the governor’s executive order prohibiting state citizens from going to gums (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk):
“In videos posted by Bryant on social media, the franchise-tagged quarterback and the pass-catcher who very much would like to return to the Cowboys continue to flaunt their defiance of rules that have caused millions to change their habits dramatically.
“Although there’s no evidence in the latest social-media posts of a failure to keep proper distance (and no photos of participants with their arms draped around each other at the end of the workout), Prescott and Bryant as explained by Drew Davisson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram worked out at A+D1 Training in Dallas County, Texas, despite state and local requirements to remain at home and to not work out at gyms.
“Davisson explains that the Texas governor’s executive order, dated March 31, states that ‘people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons.’ [Emphasis added] More specifically, Dallas County has issued a local order stating explicitly that “[a]ll public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.”
Naturally, this is not a very encouraging sign for athletes, on the whole.
While it is understandable that athletes are struggling with how best to stay in shape while remaining in isolation, plenty of professional sports stars have made statements or shared videos showcasing their commitment to remaining at home.
Perhaps it is time for Prescott and Bryant to fall in line, especially considering they are violating an executive order.