Dak Prescott vows to help unvaccinated Dallas Cowboys teammate Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has vowed to support Amari Cooper, an unvaccinated teammate, in his defense after a child died on Tuesday while his uncle attended a hospital with the receiver.

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Last week Prescott welcomed his new teammate with tweets and messages of support and love. But the devout Christian said after Monday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons that he has not personally communicated with Cooper, who had not been vaccinated for many years before his trade from Oakland.

“For me, I just want to get in the process of teaching [Cooper] the importance of it,” Prescott said. “He’s not feeling great from where he’s coming from … I don’t want him to hear the saying and not respond to it. He’s not in full communion with what we believe here.”

The NFL said in a statement that it had “talked with the Cowboys”.

“All teams have a medical staff which monitors the roster to make sure everyone is in compliance with the teams’ health and safety policies,” the statement said. “The team’s responsibilities to protect the health and safety of its players is extremely important.”

The NFL and its players’ union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 34-year-old Cooper’s uncle died in the incident and Cooper was in the hospital on Tuesday.

“Everybody’s got their own reasons for not being immunized,” Prescott said. “We’re out here to educate. We’re out here to try to catch some kids, we’re out here to show them that God loves you and we care about you. It’s just a process that you go through. He’s got to listen to the individual and realize there’s not a way to be immune to everything that’s going on.”

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