OKLAHOMA CITY — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott wrote a letter to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday to advocate for the release Julius Jones, according to TIME.
“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 wrote in the letter obtained by TIME.
“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.”
Jones has maintained his innocence in the 1995 murder of Paul Howell, but a jury convicted him in 2002.
He also says his trial was contaminated by a racist juror, but Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has said that both the trial court and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals found otherwise.
However, Prescott is the latest of several high-profile endorsers of Jones’s release including Kim Kardashian-West, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and Baker Mayfield.
More than 6,000,000 people have signed an online petition in an effort against Jones’s potential execution.
“After reviewing the facts of the Julius Jones case, I firmly believe the wrong person is being punished for this terrible crime; furthermore, an evaluation of the process that led to Mr. Jones’ conviction raises serious legal and ethical concerns,” Prescott wrote.
“I implore you to right this wrong. Please don’t let another innocent black man die from the systemic mistreatment that has plagued our nation for far too long.”
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