Dak Prescott Calls For Release Of Oklahoma Inmate On Death Row

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is using his platform to call for the release of an Oklahoma inmate on death row. 
In an exclusive interview with Time Magazine, Prescott asked Governor Kevin Stitt to release Julius Jones.

Jones, a black man, was sentenced to death in 1999 for the murder of Paul Howell, a white man from Edmond.

“As a black man in this country right now, I experience injustices firsthand day in and day out, even as an athlete with ‘celebrity status,'" Prescott said in the letter. "Current events are shining a much-needed light on deep-seated prejudices and systemic mistreatment of black people, and it is my sincere hope that the cultural movements of today will lead to significant social changes that will create a better tomorrow. To that end, you all are in the unique position of being able to make a direct impact by addressing a specific miscarriage of justice.”

According to Time Magazine, Jones' case has received a lot of attention. A docu-series produced by Viola Davis, appeared on ABC in 2018. Several professional athletes with ties to Oklahoma have also called for Jones to be freed.

"High-profile athletes with ties to Oklahoma, like former OU basketball stars Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, as well as Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, ex-Oklahoma City Thunder standout Russell Westbrook, and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield have written letters to state officials on Jones’ behalf," Time writes.