Is This The Beginning Of The End For Jerry Jones In Dallas?
There are many who would categorize me as a critic and heckler of the Dallas Cowboys owner who not-so-secretly prefers Jerry Jones forever removed from Jerry World. Such is the by-product of writing a book which deals primarily with Jones’ own shortcomings as the Cowboys’ General Manager.
It is a common tendency in these tolerant times to associate criticism with disrespect. In this case, it is an unfortunate misconception.
Detailing the flaws in his approach to football management hasn’t taken away from my respect for the man in the least. I cheer for Jones, and want him to succeed as the Cowboys’ do-everything GM, simply for his persistence, if nothing else.
Would the Cowboys be better off with someone else in the seat of power?
But I’m not to be linked with anyone who seeks to remove Jones from his position by any social shenanigans. So what if Jerry’s living the American dream better than anyone else?
Let’s face it. For years now, Jerry Jones has had it made. He’s got the money, he’s got the team, and he’s most certainly got the swagger. That’s what grates on many people. Jerry is in a position that everyone can only dream about, but never actually realize. Jerry can virtually do anything, and be anything that he wants to be with the Dallas Cowboys.
With this power figure firmly entrenched, it has become almost standard practice for fans to shelter themselves in a glass box of indifference toward the Cowboys these days. It’s hard to imagine the team accomplishing anything of significance under Jones’ guidance and, as local legend tells it, Jerry is sure to outlive us all.
But when Wednesday’s morning paper hit the newsstands a change in outlook was on the horizon. Jones had been sued for sexual assault by the same woman who took those infamous “misrespresented” pictures from a month ago in which the Cowboys owner was caught in several compromising positions with another woman. Jones, according to the document filed in court, is also being sued for extensive efforts to hide his actions.
Now, immediate reaction to this story has been less than mild, thanks to the media’s insistence on claiming that the five year period on the statue of limitations has expired. Jones’ lawyer has vehemently denied the claims attached to his client.
That’s been the out-front happenings.
Behind the scenes, though, things could be shaping up for a serious legal tussle. Despite claiming extortion on the plaintiff’s part, the Jones camp made a motion to have the court proceedings be kept private. The judge forthrightly declined, citing the better interests of the public.
Another interesting fact that could give the case wings is a provision in the law which suspends the running of the statue of limitations for the time period a defendant is absent from the state. And Jones, as we all know, is a traveling man…
Whether or not this section of law is applicable in this situation will be determined by a pre-trial hearing to determine whether the statue of limitations has passed or not.
If this case does go to trial, it will certainly get ugly for Jones, the Cowboys, and his family. From the looks of things, dirty laundry will be in abundance.
It could also mean the end of Jones as the team’s owner.
In case you haven’t noticed, the NFL has put an increased focus on social morals, with a particular emphasis on protecting the rights of women. Recently, we’ve seen several players get suspended for domestic violence convictions against a woman. We’ve also seen an owner get suspended for a DUI.
Based upon reaction from the last couple of days, few people are taking this seriously. But in a situation like this, it’s good to remember that if an NBA owner can get removed for making a racial comment in private, then surely the same thing can happen to an owner who sexually assaults an exotic dancer at a nightclub.
And if this is going to be the tale of Jones’ demise, then so be it. But it is far from the ending I would have wished for.