Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: Now I Understand Why LeBron and Harden Flop

Mike Fisher

FRISCO - Dak Prescott can get knocked around pretty good in the pocket, but maybe because of his size and ability to survive a hit, referees don't offer up roughing-the-passer calls the way the Dallas Cowboys would like. And now, upon reflection, the QB is issuing an apology of sorts to NBA superstars LeBron James and James Harden.

“I’m guessing that (I don't get some calls based) on the fact I don’t react as much,’’ said the 6--2, 230-pound Prescott. “I get hit and sure, I can absorb it. Or I’m strong enough that it doesn’t flip me or make me have this crazy response that I’m not getting up.''

And what does this have to do with Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James? Dak says he'd like to take back the moaning he's done while watching James get the benefit of NBA calls.

“Now I feel bad for griping and bitching when they call the fouls for LeBron,'' Dak said. "He has been getting fouled; He’s just strong.’’

And what does this have to do with Houston Rockets superstar James Harden, famous for flopping violently seemingly after the most innocuous contact?

“I gotta go see Harden,’’ Prescott said, jokingly suggesting a quick-but-informative trip down to Houston.

Prescott will on Sunday night face a Philadelphia Eagles focused on hitting him just as the Jets did. In the New York game, one referee actually apologized for not calling a roughing penalty after a jolt of Dak.

“Hey, sorry,'' the ref told Prescott. "I didn’t see that.''

Prescott is mostly joking that maybe he needs to add some NBA-style theatrics to his post-contact reaction. But most likely, he will continue to accept the nature of this sport ... and of his style within it.

“It’s part of the game,'' Dak said. "Sometimes you get hit, sometimes you don’t.''

And just like in the NBA, sometimes it gets called ... and sometimes it doesn't.