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Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott apologizes for comments about fans throwing objects at officials

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott apologized Tuesday via Twitter for his comments after the game about fans throwing bottles and dirt at officials after Sunday's wildcard loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

A question after the game to Prescott on Sunday initially indicated that fans were throwing things at his teammates in anger, which he called "sad." But when he was told that the objects were aimed at the officials, he said, "Credit to them then. Thank you to them."

He got a chance to go back to the comments at the end of his press conference and did not.

On Tuesday, he tweeted three times to his 1.4 million followers to apologize and write:

"I deeply regret the comments I made about the referees after the match on Sunday. I was trapped in the feeling of a disappointing loss and my words were unsolicited and unfair.

"I have the highest respect for NFL officials and have always respected their professionalism and the difficulty of their jobs. The safety of anyone who participates in a match or attends the field for a sporting event is a very serious matter.

"It was a mistake on my behalf and I'm sorry."

Prescott, who is a finalist for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award, received criticism for his comments from the media and the NBA Referees Association.

The Judges' Association issued on his official Twitter account Tuesday: "The NBRA condemns the comments of Dak Prescott, who tolerates violence against game leaders. As an NFL leader, he should know better. We urge the NFL to take steps to counter this unfortunate behavior in the future."

Speaking at 105.3 The Fan on Monday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones condemned the actions of fans.

"It's just unfortunate," Jones said. "It's not like I see our fans. I think we're a class act. I think there's no room for that kind of thing. Understand people who are frustrated, but I do not understand throwing things out on the field "where people could get hurt. There's just no room for that."

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