What Donald Sterling’s Slip Of The Tongue Could Mean For Jerry Jones
(I originally wrote this article during the early stages of the Donald Sterling scandal in the spring of 2014. Though roughly a year has passed since then, the hypothesis of the article is still accurate and well worth considering.)
We live in a world where idiocy is too often the norm. Shocking news this is for some, I’m sure. No, despite what you previously thought, Valley Ranch isn’t the only fortress where the outlandish happens in a frequent manner.
Such is the moral gleaned from the recent mess that is Los Angeles. The Clippers, a basketball franchise long noted for being historically bad, have been enjoying a spring season that will forever be remembered as, well, historically bad. All thanks to a few unfortunate words from their owner.
Yes, credit Donald Sterling and his alleged racist remarks to a girlfriend in private, for Jerry Jones losing his grip on the title of Worst Owner in Sports.
Not that Donald’s downfall has nothing whatsoever of consequence to do with D-FW’s most belittled public figure, because, in fact, it does. Yes, it most certainly does.
Actually, it has to everything do with the future welfare of every owner in sports. But, since Jerry would likely be the first to suffer the consequences, we’ll focus on him for the time being.
It certainly seems strange that a drama enveloping the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA should have direct impact on the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. But, hey, that’s the small world we live in, where trickle-down effects not only go from top to bottom, but vice versa as well. It’s a testament to the socially-equal stage which sports franchises stand on in modern times. Nobody’s too big for the rules, nor too smart. At least, that’s what the general consensus has chosen to believe.
It’s a social justice system that allows many to laugh at a rich giant such as Sterling, who now finds himself faced with losing the prime stock in his portfolio, all over a few remarks spoken behind closed doors. It’s a mark which will likely define the future of America’s people, America’s politics….. and could even lead to front-office changes for America’s Team.
If there was a law against being stupid, Jerry Jones would have been chased from NFL society by a gun-toting rope-throwin’ mob after he cut down Tom Landry on an Austin golf course one fine Saturday in 1989. But there isn’t, and that’s why the figure of Jones seemed such a one that required absolute power to remove from his station in Big D’.
It was only two years ago, during the 2012 season, when a Georgia resident petitioned the White House to remove Jones from his ownership post, claiming that his “over-controlling, delusional” and “oppressive” ways have caused “extreme mental and emotional duress” among Cowboy fans. The President and staff were too busy dealing with budget problems to handle it at the time, and they probably wouldn’t have wanted to touch it even if enough signatures were obtained. Jerry is one of only a handful of people in America with a foolproof financial planner, and one well worthy of the government’s admiration.
Yet, all it took was one leaked story from the extreme news team at TMZ to open up another avenue of possibilities aimed at dethroning the King of the Cowboys.
This whole West Coast debacle sowed many a furtive seed in the minds of the football vultures in Texas, as the door of opportunity seemed to be opening to oust the richest Cowboy in the west. Please God, make Jerry Jones say a racist remark. It, after all, would be the easiest and simplest way to be rid of him at long last.
Or would it?
As you well know, Sterling is busying himself these days trying to convince doctors that he is not mentally incompetent. Doctors are trying to prove that he is. A final decision has yet to be made.
But, looking beyond the immediate effects this ruling will have on the Clippers and Sterling, this medical exam has opened up new possibilities in removing a power figure from office. Now, it’s not only a racist comment that can pave the way for a new regime, but the word of a doctor.
In light of a recent Valley Ranch rumor, this Sterling situation deserves close attention. If Jerry Jones does indeed have Alzheimers, then the time could be ripe for some headline-grabbing lawyer to team up with an ambitious medical officer and make a case against the Cowboys owner.
(If this Alzheimers rumor seems to conflict with Jerry’s own prognostication that he has the brain of a 40-year old, that’s probably because it does. But no matter. Jerry’s career has been soiled with conflict from the moment he left the hills of Arkansas.)
Let’s face it. It wouldn’t take an amateur attorney ten minutes to make a case against Jones’ capabilities as a general manager. Having made conflicting statements repeatedly in the same paragraph throughout his 25-year tenure, and having constructed teams that have possessed little or no staying power, and having fired all three of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl-winning head coaches, Jones very possibly coouulldd be declared by a court to be all of forgetful, incompetent, and ungrateful.
Not that such a case would stick very easily in court. For all of his shortcomings and failings as the Cowboys’ general manager, Jones has done extremely well for himself inside the league office, which is more than Sterling can say for himself. With all the flair of an Arkansas maverick, Jones has made himself, without question, indispensable to the rich guys of professional football.
The NFL learned long ago not to mess with Jones, and are quite content with having done so. Jones’ way of doing business, simply, gives the league and each of its 32 franchises opportunities aplenty to stuff their wallets, safes, and bank vaults. Jones has and continues to be on the cutting edge of the NFL’s ever-growing financial market.
The idea of removing Jones from Dallas has been one that has fascinated the hearts and minds of Texans for a quarter-century. Every football season it’s a topic that dominates water-cooler conversation.
Who knows but that this latest social dust-up out west could lead to that day when some yahoo tries to turn this impossible dream into an improbable reality.