Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott is being ridiculed by legal experts -- as well as anyone with a basic knowledge of medical privacy laws.
During a press conference on Friday, Prescott was asked whether he had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
""I don't necessarily think that's exactly important," Prescott replied. "I think that's HIPAA."
In fact, it does not violate someone's HIPAA rights to ask them to voluntarily disclose their personal medical information. In reality, HIPPA only prohibits a doctor or insurer from disclosing your private medical information to third parties.
Prescott's claim echoed an argument made by QAnon-loving Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who earlier this week accused a reporter of violating her HIPAA rights by asking about her vaccination status.
Check out some reactions to Prescott's claims below.
POLICE: so we'd like to ask you about this series of fires we think you set. we have photographs and video of you s… https://t.co/fmGn3iawAo— Mark Berman (@Mark Berman) 1627074134.0
wife: please do the dishes me: https://t.co/NHrEvW9nmJ— ben "limp trizkit" flores (@ben "limp trizkit" flores) 1627074079.0
For anyone who needs to hear this: HIPAA relates specifically to what personal health information your *healthcare… https://t.co/9W85hykw8K— Fully-vaxxed Patronus 🦄💫 (@Fully-vaxxed Patronus 🦄💫) 1627074053.0
“Dak, how does your ankle feel?” “Dats HIPAA!!!” 😂 https://t.co/LgAwAJ5F0V— Vincent ⚖️ (@Vincent ⚖️) 1627074024.0
Tell me you're a fan of Marjorie Taylor Greene, without telling me you're a fan of Marjorie Taylor Greene. Dak wil… https://t.co/VyEDMwLo39— Chad Darnell (@Chad Darnell) 1627073855.0
Dak out there scrambling and avoiding questions like it’s 3rd and long. https://t.co/C8gjAo1hPT— Oscar Gonzalez (@Oscar Gonzalez) 1627073802.0
HIPAA has to be up there among the most misinterpreted laws in American history https://t.co/huinoX9NRh— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan Kartje) 1627073469.0
This idiot went to the MTG School of Medicine #HIPAA https://t.co/vnnHc4TyVJ— Red (@Red) 1627073468.0
No one who is vaccinated would ever say something as stupid as this. https://t.co/xgnTXjugz1— Tim Fullerton (@Tim Fullerton) 1627073382.0