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Jimmy Johnson: Jerry Jones comes across as a rich A-hole

Jerry-Jones-Jimmy-JohnsonThere is no love lost between Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones. The two were teammates at Arkansas, where the won a national championship together in 1964, before rekindling their winning ways with back-to-back Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl championships in 1992 and 1993. It was all downhill from there.

As Jones reminded us in a lengthy feature that was written by ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr., his relationship with Johnson soured 20 years ago. Despite Johnson’s success with the team, Jones said he has no plans of inducting him into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

“Disloyalty … I couldn’t handle the disloyalty,” Jones told Van Natta Jr. “Whether it was right or not, by every measurement you can go, I had paid so many times a higher price to get to be there than he had paid, it was unbelievable.

“There was just an undermining that went on. It’s subtle. It’s smart. I lost my tolerance of having an associate, a friend, not be loyal. I’ve been told, ‘That’s trite. You should be bigger than that.’ I mean, really, am I so dumb that I don’t know you don’t fire a coach after y’all just won two straight Super Bowls?”

Johnson remembers it quite differently. The legendary coach says Jones brought him in with an understanding that Jerruh would handle the business side of things and Jimmy would handle football. When rumblings of the Cowboys being a dynasty started, Jones wanted more credit.

“When I went to the Cowboys, Jerry told me he’d handle the marketing and money and I’d handle the football and we’d make history,” Johnson said in a statement included in the feature. “That changed after the first Super Bowl. I appreciate the opportunity he gave me and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish.”

After reading all the things Jones said about him in the piece, Johnson sounded a bit less appreciative.

“(The feature was) about like I expected,” Johnson told Bob West of the Port Arthur News in an email. “Jerry comes across like a rich a–hole.”

Both men are getting old. Johnson and Jones are 71. Give the success they enjoyed together, you would think one or both of them might express a willingness to bury the hatchet now that they have entered the twilight years of life. Jerruh’s recent comments make it seem like there is little to no chance of that ever happening.

H/T Dallas Morning News

Jerry Jones: Not drafting Johnny Manziel is a ticket to more 8-8 seasons

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Jerry Jones really, really wanted to draft Johnny Manziel with the 16th overall pick in the NFL Draft earlier this year. We already established that when we heard the story about Stephen Jones having to restrain Jerruh so he wouldn’t pass in the draft card with Manziel’s name on it. But you still might be surprised to hear how badly Jones feels his team needed Manziel.

As part of a lengthy profile for ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Jones told Don Van Natta Jr. that he wanted Johnny Football to call America’s Team his own so the Cowboys could remain relevant.

“If we had picked Manziel, he’d guarantee our relevance for 10 years,” Jones said shortly after the draft. “When we were on the clock, I said if we pick the other guy — any other guy — it would be a ticket to parity, more 8-8 seasons.”

Offensive tackle Zack Martin, the player the Cowboys ended up taking at No. 16, can’t feel too great about that. Neither can Tony Romo, though Van Natta also witnessed Jones joking around with his starting quarterback about his obsession with Manziel.

“And what is amazing, if there’s anybody on this planet that could’ve handled Manziel competin’ with him …” Jones said with his arm draped around Romo’s shoulder. “This guy could handle any damn thing — this is your fighter pilot. This is your fighter pilot. This is the guy you want goin’ in, droppin’ and winkin’ at ‘em, and comin’ out, and drinkin’ beer. This is him. So he could handle it. It wasn’t a question of not handlin’ it.”

Manziel couldn’t beat out Brian Hoyer for the Week 1 starting job, so he certainly wasn’t going to beat out Romo. Still, Jones absolutely loves him some Johnny Football.

“The only way to break out is to gamble — take a chance with that first pick, if you wanna dramatically improve your team,” he added. “That’s why I wanted Manziel but I was the only guy who wanted him. I listened to everybody … And I’m … not … happy … .”

Browns and Vikings fans need to watch out — Jerruh is coming for your biggest superstars.

Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones he wants to play for Cowboys

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson admitted late last year that he has daydreamed about playing for the Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans before he retires. Peterson grew up a Cowboys fan outside of Dallas, so it makes sense that he would think about representing his home state. A recent report makes it seem like Peterson is more serious about that than we initially thought.

In a lengthy profile of Jerry Jones for ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Don Van Natta Jr. wrote about a phone call that the Cowboys owner shared with Peterson back in June. Van Natta was with Jones in his private suite at the time a phone was handed to Jerry that had Peterson on the other line.

“Well, I understand, Adrian,” Van Natta heard Jones tell Peterson. “I’d like that, too … Well, I love your story. I love your daddy’s story. I’ve always respected what you’ve been about. I’ve always been a fan of yours.”

It quickly became clear what the two were discussing.

“Well, we’ll see what we can do, if we can make that happen,” Jones said. “Hmm hmm … I’d like that, too … Well, we’re talking pig Latin here, but let’s see if we can do that … We’re talking pig Latin here, but let’s see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks.”

Jones confirmed that Peterson told him he wants to play for the Cowboys, which may not have been a great idea. While Jerruh didn’t think the call should be considering tampering, NFL rules state that a club that is contacted by a player who is under contract with another team “must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player’s rights” or face potentially “severe” penalties.

Jones said he did not contact the Vikings about the call.

Peterson is 29 and in the fourth year of a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Vikings. It would only be human nature for him to be tired of losing in Minnesota, though the Cowboys have become the poster team for mediocrity in recent years. Plus, they have a promising young back in DeMarco Murray.

But if Peterson wants to force his way out of Minnesota, there’s no doubt he can find a way. And if that day comes, expect the first call his agents make to be to Jerruh.

Stephen Jones supposedly had to physically restrain Jerry Jones from turning in draft card for Johnny Manziel

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We already knew that Jerry Jones was extremely close to drafting Johnny Manziel No. 16 overall in the NFL draft before deciding on Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin, but a new story says Jones’ desire to select the former Heisman Trophy winner was on a whole other level.

Jim Dent wrote a new book called “Manziel Mania” in which he says Jerry had to be restrained by son Stephen Jones from turning in the draft card for Manziel.

Here’s what Dent writes:

“I could just see Jones grabbing Manziel with the 16th choice of the first round. I wrote a book about Jerry Jones in 1995 titled ‘King of the Cowboys.’ I know the Boss Hog. I knew that Jones’ hands were shaking when the Cowboys went on the clock with Manziel still on the board. I could envision Jones scribbling the name of Johnny Manziel on the draft card. Indeed, all of these things happened.

“As it turned out, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones had snatched the Manziel card straight out of his dad’s hand. Otherwise, Jerry would have drafted him and JFF would have sat for at least three years behind Tony Romo.”

This should not come as a surprise to anyone. Last month, Jerruh said in an interview with NFL Network that he was extremely close to picking Manziel.

“I want you to know almost as I was handing in the card it was that close to putting the Manziel card in,” Jones told Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.

Despite Jones’ admission he almost drafted Manziel and this story, the Dallas Morning News says it’s inaccurate to say Stephen had to “snatch” the draft card out of Jerry’s hand.

This whole thing is so silly now. Jerry has admitted to the world a few times now that he really wanted Manziel and thinks JFF will be a star. Now I’m thinking that Jerry wanted to draft Manziel so they could party together.

Jerry Jones: Hotel pictures ‘misrepresented’ me

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Jerry Jones spoke for the first time on Sunday about the compromising photos of him that went viral last week. The Dallas Cowboys owner left plenty of questions unanswered.

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“Someone has misrepresented photos taken at a restaurant five years ago for their own purposes, and so I’m just not going to comment,” Jones said, per Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com.

We learned over the weekend that the photos are several years old, but I don’t see how they could be a misrepresentation. Whether they were taken five years ago or five days ago, the photos clearly show Jones grabbing a boob and partying it up with a couple of young ladies. Considering he is married, that’s not a good look regardless of the context.

The two women pictured with Jones are strippers who say they are seeking legal advice. They also claim to not remember much from the night because a lot of alcohol was involved. Stunning, right?

As LB mentioned before, the real takeaway from all this is that Jones’ personal security team dropped the ball. If they were there, they should have never allowed the photos to be taken. And if they weren’t there, they should have been. Jerruh was obviously in a state of mind where his decision making was impaired.

Jerry Jones pictures were with strippers and are five years old

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Compromising photos of Jerry Jones with a few women appeared on the internet this week with very little context, but now we finally have some background to the photos.

The two women featured in the pictures with the Dallas Cowboys owner are strippers, and they claim the photos are five years old.

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TMZ tracked down the women from the photos — Lindzie (the blonde) and Jordan (the brunette) who are both strippers in Texas. They say they don’t remember a lot about the night because “there was a lot of alcohol involved,” TMZ reports.

The women say the pictures were taken by a female friend and that they had no idea the pictures were taken. The women have sought legal advice about the photos. The women supposedly are also concerned about potential legal action from Jerry.

So what do we make of all this? Jerry Jones was partying with some strippers a handful of years ago, they were drinking, and things got weird? There’s a shocker for the ages. I mean who would have ever expected this.

The only takeaway from this matter is that Jones’ bodyguards failed big time. They had one job to do and one job only, and they failed.

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Jerry Jones shouldn’t have girlfriend – his wife is Gene Jones

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Some compromising photos of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones allegedly partying with some young ladies hit the internet this week, and they have many wondering about the 70-year-old’s love life. Does the owner of America’s team have a girlfriend? His wife would probably be upset if he did.

While we don’t know anything about the current status of Jerruh’s relationship with his wife Gene, we do know that they have been married over 50 years. The couple has three children together, including Cowboys COO Stephen Jones.

Therefore, we can probably assume the woman in the Jones boob grab photo is not his girlfriend. Jerry and Gene were photographed together as recently as April at the Country Music Awards. As for what Jerruh was doing when the naughty photos were taken, we have no idea. That’s something he and Gene will probably have a chat about.

To see the Jerry Jones hotel party pictures, click here.