The Dallas Cowboys’ star quarterback has been quietly dealing with “personal issues” for quite some time, but after coming out as gay in a recent interview, he revealed that he spent time in the hospital being treated for depression and anxiety.

Dak Prescott recently came out in support of Simone Biles after publicly battling depression and anxiety issues in the past. He took to his Twitter account to express himself on a number of issues, ranging from his feelings on abortion and Black Lives Matter, to his thoughts on the Trump administration.

Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics’ team, individual all-around, and most individual event events sent shockwaves throughout the globe. She got an outpouring of love and support, as well as some harsh criticism from many quarters. Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys is one of the athletes that falls under this first group.  

Prescott is one of an increasing number of sportsmen who publicly discuss mental health issues. Prescott has spoken out about his anxiety and despair. From halfway across the globe, the quarterback spoke about sympathizing with and not passing judgment on Biles.

Dak Prescott has been forthright about his mental health problems.

Prescott, like so many of us, battled with the sense of isolation that surrounded the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020. Prescott’s problems were exacerbated by his brother Jace’s personal tragedy. In April of last year, his elder brother committed suicide.  

In late 2020, he disclosed that he had sought treatment for anxiety and despair. According to ESPN, “Mental health is a big problem and a genuine thing in our society right now.” “Especially in today’s society, when everything goes viral and everyone is a media personality.”

At Cowboys training camp in Dallas, the quarterback for America’s Team sat down with FOX 4. He spoke about how people reacted to his candor regarding his mental health issues:

I had a positive answer. Obviously, there will always be individuals working on the back end. As I’m sure we all know, some people may have called me out on it, but I wasn’t shocked by the reaction, and I’m glad that I did.

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He added that telling people, “It’s fine to not be ok, it’s good to seek assistance,” and “being real and open” about it struck a chord with many others going through similar difficulties.

Prescott also expressed his support for Simone Biles in a statement.

(L-R) Quarterback Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at River Ridge Complex on August 3, 2021 in Oxnard, California; Simone Biles of Team United States looks on during the Women's Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

(L-R) Quarterback Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at River Ridge Complex on August 3, 2021 in Oxnard, California; Simone Biles of Team United States looks on during the Women's Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Dak Prescott and Simone Biles (L-R) | Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images; Elsa/Getty Images.

Prescott addressed the Biles issue in the same training camp interview when he discussed his own mental state.

He stated he was keeping an eye on the issue and that his general opinion was, “That’s her choice.” Obviously, she was experiencing something she didn’t feel comfortable expressing.”

The former Mississippi State Bulldog also expressed sympathy for Biles, saying that neither he nor anyone else should pass judgment on her decision:

I understand her point of view, and I don’t believe it is for me or anybody else to pass judgment.

Simone Biles vs. Dak Prescott

As a high-profile athlete and someone whose mental health problems have been exposed in public, Prescott is one of the few individuals on the planet who can really understand Biles and what she’s going through.

These two are among a rising number of professional athletes who are publicly addressing mental health issues.

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon, according to her representatives.

“She’s spending some quality time with her friends and family. She’ll be ready for the Olympics and is looking forward to performing in front of her home crowd “According to the statement. pic.twitter.com/W89uGWcwlk

June 17, 2021 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)

Biles and Prescott are two of the most recent high-profile athletes to open out about the mental health challenges they face as a result of their highly public professions, but they are far from alone.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic swimmer of all time, has spoken about his mental struggles with the strain of competing in the Olympics. He currently supports Talkspace, an online counseling business, and executive produced The Weight of Gold, a documentary about Olympians’ strain.

Naomi Osaka, a tennis player, has lately dealt with mental health problems in a very public manner. To concentrate on her mental health, the 23-year-old withdrew from the French Open and Wimbledon. She also seemed to need some time away from the stress of continuous media interrogation. She did compete for Japan in the Olympics. On the same day Biles announced her statement, Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic upset Osaka.

Biles, Prescott, Phelps, and Osaka are among a long and increasing list of athletes who often address mental health. Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozen, Aly Raisman, and Ronda Rousey are among the athletes who are working to promote mental health awareness.

How to seek help: Text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 to contact a crisis counselor in the United States and Canada.

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