Operator: Dallas County Telephone Operator Extension Line Eight-Eight, how may I direct your call?….I see, yes sir, I believe he is expecting you….(Phone Clicks)…Alright, you are connected to the video conference line with Mr Prescott.
Cam Newton: Hey young buck, thanks for taking my call.
Dak Prescott: Oh yeah man! For MVP Cam Newton, anything man! So what’s up?
Newton: Frankly, I wanted to talk with you about this Dannon deal. I get that you’re only making about $500k from Dallas and all but, man, having Dannon taken by another black man is something that I had to speak up about.
Prescott: Taken? You were directly condescending to a female reporter. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the greater Dannon marketing strategy but women are a pretty big segment of their target audience.
Newton: That was just a rouse. A red herring. Dannon ran a Kansas City Shuffle. Dannon partners with the NFL, the league best associated with beating women. You think they care about women? They care about a black man peacefully holding his fist in the air after scoring a touchdown. Why? Because that’s threatening. Because a black man willing to voice his unhappiness with the system is what white women — who voted 53% for Trump — find offensive.
Prescott: Cam, we can’t begin to fight inequality and injustice until we put everyone on equal footing. There are no black rights without gay rights. There is no equal pay for black men without equal pay for white women. There are no religious protections without economic justice. When you, on the surface, laugh at a woman for talking sports then you may as well have been laughing at Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness. Or saying how funny it must have been to hear about Kenny Washington pounding the rock.
Newton: Look, I know it was dumb thing to say. But I didn’t lash out at her as woman; I lashed out at a joke of a sports media that is staffed by washed up male writers and never-was actresses. Just because they got a press pass that gives them the credentials to question our team of professionals? And they don’t even care about the answer; they’re gonna write up some hot take either way and, here’s the dirty little secret about the NFL fan: In the NFL, the customer ain’t always right.
Prescott: I think everyone’s been pretty fair to me.
Newton: That’s because they know Massa Jerry keeps you all on tight control. But you don’t gotta take this deal man. I’m not saying Dannon has to stand with me but — they’re fucking French, man — don’t let that eurotrash decide that some sports reporter’s feelings are more important than the treatment of black men in America. And that’s what this really boils down to — who has the right to critique black athletes; our coaches and football experts, or anyone with a laminate badge who has never been involved in the game?
Prescott: Look man, I see what you’re saying. But, bottom line, it’s a business. I won’t compromise my values but you know I can’t stand by someone who insults white women, Mr Jones will not be happy.
Newton: I get it, Dak. I appreciate you letting me say my peace. So what you up to tonight then?
Prescott: Just hanging with Zeke, I think.
Newton: Even after he beat up his girl like that? Then to fight it and call her a liar. How can we expect —
Prescott: Hey man, four games is a lot. Besides, I met her once. She had a big mouth and I was honestly about ready to shut it for her. Zeke let her off easy, know what I mean?
Cam: Alright man, thanks. Sounds like I got what I needed.
Prescott: Wait, were you recording what I —
One week later…
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