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Woman claiming Jerry Jones is her father not motivated by ‘fame or fortune’

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A woman filed a lawsuit against Jerry Jones last week alleging that the Dallas Cowboys owner is her biological father. According to the woman’s attorneys, she is only seeking an acknowledgement.

Alexandra Davis, a 25-year-old Congressional aide who lives in Washington, D.C., claims she has lived her entire life without a father after Jones paid her mother, Cynthia Davis Spencer, $375,000 in 1996 to sign a confidentiality agreement. The agreement prohibited Alexandra or Cynthia from ever stating that Jones is Alexandra’s biological father. Jones, whose lawyer set set up two trusts linked to the then 1-year-old girl and her mother, denied that he was Alexandra’s father in the settlement.

The lawsuit alleges that Davis has “lived her life fatherless and in secret and in fear that if she should tell anyone who her father was, she and her mother would lose financial support, or worse.” On Thursday, Davis’ lawyers issued a statement saying their client is not motivated by “fame or fortune.” She is not looking for money.

“Ms. Davis’ lawsuit does not seek the recovery of money,” Davis’ lawyers, Andrew A. Bergman and Jay K. Gray, of Dallas, wrote in a statement to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. “Ms. Davis’ lawsuit seeks only to have a Court declare that she is not bound to an agreement entered into that attempts to prohibit her from stating who her real father is. Surely, anyone can understand this need of a child no matter what age to have the ability to say they have a father without the fear of reprisal.”

The lawsuit states that Jones courted Davis Spencer in 1995 when she was working at the American Airlines ticket counter in Little Rock, Ark. Davis Spencer was estranged from her husband and going through a divorce at the time.

“Defendant Jones, with the help of lawyers, knowing that Cynthia was now a single mother with a very young child and an uncertain financial future at best, set out to negotiate a ‘settlement’ that would exchange money for silence [‘hush money’],” the lawsuit states.

Davis’ lawyers also said Thursday that their client only filed a lawsuit after Jones ignored numerous attempts to address the matter in private. The trusts that Jones set up in 1996 remain in effect.

Davis has agreed to have the court records temporarily sealed at the request of Jones. The lawsuit was discovered before the documents were sealed.

Jones, 79, has not commented on the matter.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones piles more pressure on Mike McCarthy with latest comments

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If Jerry Jones wants to make Mike McCarthy squirm about his job security, the Dallas Cowboys owner appears to be doing a fine job of it.

Jones spoke to the media on Wednesday during Senior Bowl practices and offered another intriguing quote about his team’s coaching situation. Jones showered defensive coordinator Dan Quinn with praise, going as far as to say that Quinn had what it takes to be the team’s head coach.

“He’s certainly qualified,” Jones said of Quinn, via Jori Epstein of USA Today. “He’s very qualified. Yes, I would consider. If I didn’t have a coach, I would have been interviewing him for coach.”

Jones did add that keeping both Quinn and McCarthy was always his plan, and that “nobody worked harder” than McCarthy to keep Quinn in the fold.

None of this will slow down rumors about McCarthy’s job security. Jones was not happy with the Cowboys’ quick playoff exit, and has certainly made it sound like he’d upgrade on McCarthy if he had the chance to do so. Quinn surprisingly pulled his name from head coach consideration elsewhere, which made the situation feel to some like Quinn was essentially staying put to be the coach-in-waiting in Dallas. Whether that’s true or not, these comments from Jones will only further that belief.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones has interesting response to Sean Payton questions

Sean Payton on the sideline

Sean Payton announced this week that he has stepped down as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, but he did not rule out a return to the sideline at some point. That has led to a bunch of premature speculation about Payton joining the Dallas Cowboys, and Jerry Jones addressed that on Friday — sort of.

Jones was asked during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan about Payton leaving the Saints. He heaped praise on the longtime coach.

Payton was an assistant coach with the Cowboys for three seasons before he was hired by the New Orleans Saints in 2006. He has maintained a close relationship with Jones, and it has long been rumored that Jones would love for Payton to be the head coach in Dallas. Jones was asked if that narrative places pressure on Mike McCarthy. He downplayed the talk.

There had been some talk about McCarthy potentially losing his job, but Jones put a stop to that on Friday. McCarthy will be back with the Cowboys in 2022, but Jones is not going to be pleased with anything short of a deep playoff run. If Dallas falls short of expectations again and Payton gets the itch to return, there is little doubt Jones will want to chat with him.

Photo: Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on during the second half against Jacksonville Jaguars at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones addresses questions about Mike McCarthy’s future

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy is not in danger of losing his job heading into 2022. We know this because his boss has finally come out and said as much.

Jerry Jones addressed the questions about McCarthy’s future during a Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan. He insisted the coach’s job was never in jeopardy and said McCarthy was working with the team to try to keep defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Jones claimed it was part of his strategy to not come out and say McCarthy would be back in 2022.

Quinn informed teams this week that he has removed his name from consideration for head coaching jobs. It’s unclear exactly how the two things are connected. Either way, Jones said he never considered McCarthy’s future in Dallas to be “wishy washy.”

Some have speculated that there could be even more pressure on McCarthy now that Sean Payton has stepped down as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Payton is planning to take at least a year off, but he was an assistant coach with the Cowboys before he was hired by the Saints. He has a strong relationship with Jones. As expected, Jones dodged those questions.

There is little doubt that Jones would be open to hiring Payton in 2023 if things don’t work out with McCarthy next season. Jones would obviously prefer for the Cowboys to have better results under McCarthy so he doesn’t feel the need to make a change.

Jones was asked about McCarthy’s job status last week, and his response seemed quite telling. While McCarthy is going to return as the head coach in Dallas next season, he obviously has to makes Jones and Cowboys fans forget the brutal way 2021 ended. If he can’t do that, Jones will probably make a change.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones expresses frustration with Amari Cooper

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Fantasy football managers were not the only ones who were frustrated with Amari Cooper’s 2021 season.

In his weekly radio appearance Friday on 105.3 The Fan, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed displeasure with the Cowboys receiver Cooper.

“How he fits in and he should take half the field with him when he goes and runs the field,” said Jones of Cooper, per Mark Lane of WFAA Sports. “Not half, that’s an exaggeration, of course. But a whole bunch of that defense should have to honor Cooper. He ought to be able to catch it when they’re going in the middle with him. Others do. You throw to people that are covered all the time in the NFL.”

Jones did add that he thought Cooper had “a big part” in the Cowboys’ early-season success. When asked about Cooper’s contract specifically, Jones said that he did not have any comment. But he also made some thinly-veiled remarks about playing up to the value of one’s contract.

“The reason those contracts are being discussed is because they have two sides to them: one’s got it coming and the other’s got to pay it,” said Jones. ”The one that’s got it coming is going to go out and perform usually to the level of the contract. That’s usually the way I think about those contracts.”

The former first-round pick Cooper had his worst season as a Cowboy in 2021. Though he still found the end zone eight times, Cooper managed only 68 receptions for 865 yards. That marked a sharp regression from his 2020 campaign where he caught 92 passes for 1,114 yards.

Cooper did have to contend with the other talented pass-catchers in Dallas. CeeDee Lamb emerged as a true No. 1 target, Dalton Schultz had his best career season, Michael Gallup ate up targets in the second half of the year, and even Cedrick Wilson became a threat in the passing game. But Cooper still tied for the second-most targets of the team, yet could only manage the sixth-best catch percentage among Dallas’ qualified pass-catchers.

The 27-year-old Cooper has three years and $60 million left on his contract. But the Cowboys do now have a potential out in 2022, meaning that they can get out of Cooper’s deal with just $6 million in dead cap.

Cooper himself sounded frustrated with his role earlier in the season. With Jones extremely disappointed after the team’s Wild Card round exit, it begs the question of if the Cowboys could actually exercise that potential out on Cooper’s contract, especially in light of these latest comments from Jones.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones has telling quote about Mike McCarthy’s status as coach

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Mike McCarthy appears poised to remain head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for the 2022 season. However, it certainly does not sound like he should feel particularly secure in the position.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not give a particularly strong endorsement of McCarthy in a Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. Jones seemed to suggest that the things the Cowboys need to fix should have been dealt with sooner, and more or less said that if he felt there was a better option than McCarthy available, he would make a change.

“If I thought changing out men at any level would improve us, I would change it out,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I see a lot of names, a lot of great names, a lot of great names from colleges. I see them coming through. I’ve seen a lot of great names at various duties in the NFL come and go over the last 30 years. I haven’t seen but a couple of them that I thought might have a straight shot in at what’s up above. That’s (Bill) Belichick up there in New England, his record has been unbelievable.

“But aside from that, I’ll be very candid with you. I see human beings, human frailties, human work ethic, human excelling and coming up with a way to go.”

That is not exactly a vote of confidence in McCarthy to say the least. Jones’ standards are high, which may be saving the coach right now, but it’s certainly clear that Jones is not totally satisfied with the job McCarthy did this year. Some of McCarthy’s comments after Sunday’s playoff loss probably haven’t helped either.

Stephen Jones has been firm that McCarthy will return in 2022. That may still be true, but it sounds like the coach will be on the hot seat from day one of training camp.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones not happy after Cowboys’ disappointing playoff loss

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Jerry Jones sounds like a man who is ready to punch a hole in the wall.

The Dallas Cowboys owner spoke with reporters after the team’s early playoff exit at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Jones sounded completely dismayed in his remarks.

“Extraordinarily disappointed,” said Jones, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “Very disappointed. Disappointed for our fans … This is quite a letdown.

“They outplayed us,” Jones added about the 49ers, who won 23-17.

Jones was also asked about Dak Prescott and getting over the hump.

“The hump is advancing in the playoffs,” Jones replied. “There’s been some good quarterbacks that haven’t advanced in the playoffs. I’m just sick we’re one of them. Really sick. I’m surprised and sick.”

The Cowboys went 12-5 this season, and Jones definitely seemed to have Super Bowl aspirations. But instead, the team failed to survive Wild Card Weekend and still has yet to advance past the divisional round since 1995.

There was some talk that Jones could make a major change if the Cowboys fell flat in the playoffs. Now we appear to be staring right at that possibility.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones roasted on Twitter for sun, scoreboard issues at stadium

A punt hit the scoreboard at ATT Stadium

Jerry Jones set out to build one of the most impressive venues in all of sports with AT&T Stadium, but there have been some notable issues. Those were on full display during the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

The quirky design of AT&T Stadium — also known as “Jerry World” — impacted play on at least two occasions. The first may have been costly for Dallas, as wide receiver Cedrick Wilson appeared to lose a ball in the sun on a third down play late in the first half.

Had Wilson been able to make the play, the Cowboys would have had at least a field goal attempt before halftime. They were trailing 16-7 at the time.

Then in the second half, a Dallas punt hit the massive video board that hangs above the field.

The punt wasn’t an issue, as the the down is simply replayed when the ball hits the scoreboard. That didn’t stop people from letting Jones and the Cowboys hear it on social media.

Jones is a smart businessman, so he knows any publicity is good publicity. Still, we highly doubt he wants to be trending on Twitter for the flawed design of his $1.2 billion stadium.

Jerry Jones offers thoughts on opposing fans taking over AT&T Stadium

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San Francisco 49ers fans made their presence felt in a big way during the team’s regular season finale in Los Angeles last week. Many of them could also make the trip to Dallas this week for the opening round of the playoffs, but Jerry Jones doesn’t sound too concerned.

During his Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones was asked about the potential of Niners fans taking over AT&T Stadium on Sunday. He said he can “guarantee” Cowboys fans are not going to be out-done by the visitors.

While 49ers fans were well-represented last week for the team’s road game against the Rams, traveling from San Francisco to L.A. is a lot easier than San Francisco to Dallas. There also won’t be as many reasonably priced tickets available in Dallas as there were in Los Angeles.

The Cowboys certainly won’t have to go to a silent snap count, which is what Matthew Stafford and the Rams had to do in their home game last week. Stafford’s wife even spoke about the imbalance and issued a request for Rams fans ahead of the opening round of the playoffs.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones did not lie about Cowboys’ plans for Week 18 game

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Jerry Jones was not lying when he talked about his Dallas Cowboys’ plans for their Week 18 game at the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night.

One of the big questions teams that have already clinched their divisions entering the final regular season game face is whether they should play starters or give them rest. Jones said prior to Saturday night’s game that he expected quarterback Dak Prescott to play into the fourth quarter.

Jones wasn’t lying.

Prescott remained in the game through a touchdown drive that began in the third quarter and ended with a touchdown early in the fourth. After giving his Cowboys a 37-20 lead thanks to his fifth touchdown pass of the game, Prescott finally was subbed out for Cooper Rush.

Prescott’s final stats were: 21/27 for 295 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

Jones’ reasoning makes sense. The Cowboys played well on Saturday night, which should give them confidence and momentum entering the playoffs. This was also a good time for Prescott to build his confidence.

Ezekiel Elliott also added some context to the decision.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports