A mural featuring Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott as the main character from Get Out was defaced just days after it was painted.
An artist painted the mash-up mural on Friday in the Fabrication Yard in West Dallas after Prescott said he didn’t think NFL games were the time and place for protest.
The work originally showed Prescott staring straight ahead with tears streaming down his face. It’s a reference to the jarring image out of the Oscar-winning Jordan Peele film Get Out.
The expression is a state of mind called “the sunken place,” where black characters in the film are left looking blank and lifeless because of indifference to systematic oppression.
The artist said his work was a commentary on Prescott saying players shouldn't protest the national anthem. The mural was defaced some time on Sunday, with sunglasses covering the tears and other writing scrawled over parts of the art.
At training camp in Oxnard on Sunday, Prescott said he knew his remarks would get criticized. But he's not budging.
“That's what controversial means. This is probably one of the most controversial topics we've had in the game since I've been in,” Prescott said. “I made my statements. I stand by what I said. Some people may have misunderstood it or whatever. I feel strongly about what I said and it is what it is.”
Owner Jerry Jones said at the beginning of camp that players need to stand for the anthem if they want to remain a member of the team.