How Serious is the Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys? – The Silence Speaks
The silence is deafening.
In the midst of a sudden epidemic of Domestic Violence, the controversial details of the NFL’s investigation into the Ray Rice incident and the official attempts to manage the publicly polarizing nature of such issues sits a demure Owner and Organization abiding under the Order of a Texas Court to remain silent. Add to that boiling cauldron NFL players’ historical associations with murder (from OJ Simpson to Ray Lewis to Aaron Hernandez) and now the growing outrage of Child Endangerment charges against Adrian Peterson, this present lack of attention is a welcome diversion from business as usual for the attention-seeking group residing in the Lone Star State.
In case you missed it, a civil lawsuit against Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys Football Club Ltd. was filed on September 8, 2014. A copy of that Original Petition can be seen Here. Jana Weckerly alleges that Jerry Jones intentionally and knowingly engaged in criminal acts constituting Sexual Assault under Texas Penal Code §22.011 and §43.05. Weckerly also alleges that the corporation known as the Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Ltd., through its employees and officers, committed acts of gross negligence in the following respects:
- a. Supervising, assigning, and retaining JERRY JONES;
- b. Failing to provide adequate monitoring of JERRY JONES;
- c. Failing to institute and implement policies for the protection of females;
- d. Failing to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct;
- e. Failing to report crimes against Plaintiff and others to law enforcement;
- f. Tampering with criminal evidence;
- g. Threatening victims and witnesses to deter criminal complaints;
- h. Making decisions which reflected that the reputation of JERRY JONES and COWBOYS and the desire to avoid scandal were vastly superior and more important to the COWBOYS than the welfare of the Plaintiff and other victims who had been sexually abused by JERRY JONES;
- i. Fostering an environment and culture where abuse of females could flourish and in which it was clearly understood that there was no accountability for such criminal acts toward females.
- j. Failing to warn Plaintiff or the public of the dangerous sexual propensities of JERRY JONES toward females;
- k. Retaining JERRY JONES in a position of trust, confidence and authority as president in direct contact with females when it knew or should have known of his dangerous sexual propensities.
Furthermore, Weckerly alleges that Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys criminally conspired to cover up the sexual assault, also in violation of Texas Penal Code §22.011 and §43.05.
It’s been publicly alleged by many, including the Attorney of Jones and the Cowboys, that this lawsuit is nothing more than a money-grab by Jana Weckerly. It has also been asserted that her claims are frivolous.
If that is truly the case, why did Jones and his attorney(s) feel the necessity of having Jana Weckerly sign a non-disclosure agreement about these activities? Incidentally, any competent attorney knows that a non-disclosure agreement involving criminal acts is null and void from the beginning and binds no one. Were they relying on the legal ignorance of Weckerly? We may never know, but…….
Also of interest, the first acts taken in regard to this lawsuit were by Attorneys for Jones and the Cowboys. They motioned the Court to maintain all proceedings under the seal of the Court. In other words, they wanted everything kept secret from the eye of the public. The Court denied that motioned, but instead, issued a gag order on both parties and their attorneys. So, no more public wrangling. No more relying on the power of Social Media to further taint the pool of potential jurors at trial.
Attorneys for Jones and the Cowboys also claimed that the Statute of Limitations (5 years) has expired on these acts. Generally this is true. But Weckerly also cited a provision of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.063 which states the following:
- TEMPORARY ABSENCE FROM STATE. The absence from this state of a person against whom a cause of action may be maintained suspends the running of the applicable statute of limitations for the period of the person’s absence.
It is well known that Jerry Jones is widely traveled. Jones’ expansion of his Dallas Cowboys financial empire takes him around the globe. It will be interesting to hear the evidence presented and the Court’s determination of this issue at the pre-trial hearing on September 26.
Until then, deafening silence by all concerned is the golden order of the Court. It’s that serious!