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Jerry Jones: Sexual assault lawsuit is extortion, money grab

Jerry JonesJerry Jones’ lawyer says a sexual assault lawsuit filed against his client is nothing more than an extortion attempt and money grab.

Jones was sued Monday by former stripper Jana Weckerly, who claims she took the scandalous photos of the Dallas Cowboys owner that popped up on the net last month. In the suit, Weckerly alleges Jones sexually assaulted her by touching her breasts and genitals, and by forcing her to touch his penis.

“These allegations are completely false,” Jones’ attorney, Levi McCathern said in a statement. “The legal complaint is unsupported by facts or evidence of any kind. This is nothing more than an attempt to embarrass and extort Jerry Jones. This is a shakedown by a lawyer who is a solo practitioner just trying to make a name for himself. The alleged incidents would have been more than five years old.

“We intend to vigorously contest this complaint and expect it will be shown for what it is – a money grab. Due to the seriousness of these baseless allegations, we have also involved law enforcement.”

Weckerly is seeking more than $1 million in damages. The encounter between Jones and the women from the photos took place in 2009.

Jerry Jones sued by stripper Jana Weckerly for sexual assault

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Remember the scandalous photos of Jerry Jones that went viral in August? They showed the Dallas Cowboys owner in sexual poses with a few women who were later identified as strippers. Though the photos are over five years old, the woman who claims she took the photos is suing Jones for alleged sexual assault.

The Dallas Morning News says the suit was filed on Monday. Here are some of the details of the allegations:

Jana Weckerly, 27, from Ardmore, Okla., said Jones fondled her genitals, forced her to touch or rub his penis, and required she watch as the 71-year-old Jones received oral sex from another woman. Weckerly is seeking more than $1 million in punitive damages.
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The lawsuit also alleges Jones conspired to cover up the incident by forcing Weckerly to sign an agreement to conceal the alleged assault.

Weckerly claims the assault occurred in the bathroom of a five-star hotel.

One has to wonder what took Weckerly so long to decide to file the charges. Her attorney Thomas Bowers said his client is in counseling and taking medicine to help her cope with trauma from the incident, which seems odd considering this took place five years ago. It seems pretty obvious that she is looking for a settlement and pay day out of Jerruh.

[Also see: Jerry Jones says pictures misrepresented him]

Jerry Jones doesn’t think 49ers fans took over stadium

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There were times during their win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers may have thought they were playing a home game. AT&T Stadium in Arlington was loaded with Niners fans, which was obvious when a loud roar came over the crowd after each of Tony Romo’s three first-half interceptions. Jerry Jones must not have heard it.

When Jones was informed after the game that roughly half of the 91,174 in attendance were cheering for Colin Kaepernick and company, the Cowboys owner became visibly irritated.

“First of all, I don’t acknowledge that there were half of them there.” he said, via Tim McMahon of ESPN.com. “Did you count them?”

Jones was then assured that there was a sea of burgundy and gold all over his $1.2 billion stadium. He was also asked if the number of Niners fans indicates that his team has a marketing problem.

“BS,” he snapped. “I know you didn’t count them. Anyway, nothing went through my mind. I was looking at the game. Listen, I’m interested in the football game and what went on with the game. It’s not good when you don’t win — from any perspective, marketing or otherwise. I had my eye on those turnovers and interest on those turnovers.”

It’s fun to pretend, isn’t it? While the Cowboys have finished 8-8 each of the last two seasons, they usually have as strong a following as any team in sports. The fact that so many people were cheering for the opposition at the home opener has to be concerning, whether Jerruh wants to admit it or not.

Photo via Twitter/Eye on Football

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.