Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones commented Sunday on racy photos with him and two strippers, published last weekend online and tweeted to several gossip news outlets Aug. 3.
The photos were taken five years ago at a Dallas restaurant, but were released in connection with an online manifesto by a man trying to get close to Jones.
“Someone has misrepresented photos taken at a restaurant five years ago for their own purposes,” Jones said after practice in his first public comment on the photos. “And so I’m not just going to comment. That’s really all I’d like to get into.”
Jones had initially declined comment, through Cowboys public relations director Rich Dalrymple, on the day the photos were published. Jones did not come to practice the next day and did not talk to the media after Thursday’s preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, and he went out of his way to avoid the media Saturday.
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Though he finally talked, Jones refused to elaborate on the context of the photos or what was misrepresented in the pictures.
“That’s really all I got to get into it,” Jones said.
Jones was asked how long he’s known about the photos: “I don’t want to comment on it anymore, but I have known about it for five years.”
Is this being handled by authorities? “No, I don’t have any comment about that,” Jones said.
While Jones declined to go into more detail about the photos, he had no problem giving an opinion on the video of NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino and Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, who were seen stepping off a Cowboys bus and toward a nightclub on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles last week.
Jerry Jones said it was not a conflict of interest. He said he sees nothing wrong with Blandino “networking” with his son Stephen, a member of the NFL’s competition committee.
“I don’t have any problem with it, at all,” Jones said. “I don’t deem it inappropriate at all. Part of Blandino’s job is to network with the clubs in the off-season. That’s a good thing. Our officiating is doing a good job. I just don’t have a problem with it at all. Our bus is an area where we entertain. That’s what we do. I just don’t have a problem with it.”
Stephen Jones declined to address questions about the night with Blandino after practice.
“You can ask me about football. Are you serious? Serious?” said an incredulous Stephen Jones.
CBSSports.com reported that other NFL teams have voiced concern about Blandino’s fraternizing with Cowboys executives. Jerry Jones, however, said he has heard no concerns or complaints.
“I haven’t heard there are any complaints from the league,” Jones said. “To my knowledge, there is not.”
Jones said the Cowboys have entertained league executives on the bus before.
“Yes, I have,” Jones said. “That’s why we have our buses. We have two buses. Those are a big part of what do in terms of making them available for sponsors for trips, using them for own special occasions. So again, I just don’t have a problem. One of the great things to having our camp out here is this is an area that has a lot of entertaining things to do, and that bus is a big part of it.”