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Stephen Jones takes issue with his words being given their obvious meaning

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As Cowboys executive V.P. Stephen Jones inches farther into the ownership spotlight previously occupied exclusively by his father, Jerry, Stephen needs to learn one important principle from the guy who bought the team 23 years ago.

You say it, you own it.

Jerry Jones rarely if ever complains about the manner in which his words are interpreted and/or scrutinized and/or highlighted by the media.  Instead, he just gives the media more words to interpret and/or scrutinize and/or highlight.

In a Friday interview with KLRD radio, Stephen Jones complained about the ongoing absence of first-round draft pick Morris Claiborne from practice due to injury.  On Saturday, Stephen Jones took issue with the fact that his words were regarded as complaints about the ongoing absence of first-round draft pick Morris Claiborne from practice due to injury.

Per Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Stephen Jones “expressed anger” regarding the situation.  “I didn’t rip Mo,” Jones said.  “It’s wrong.  There’s no frustration at all.  I have zero worries about Mo Claiborne.  How that gets out there is beyond me.”

Though Hill’s published article makes no references of any bleepity-bleeping by Stephen Jones, Hill said on Twitter that Stephen Jones used “curse words” to demonstrate his anger.

As long as Stephen Jones’ curse words were directed at himself, we’ve got no problem with it.  But when the guy who is becoming more and more visible and vocal in the affairs of one of the highest-profile pro sports franchises says of  Claiborne that “he certainly can’t make the club in the tub” and that “[h]e’s got to get out there” and that “[w]e got to start having a mentality that we’re going to play through things” and that “[t]here’s no excuse” and that “[y]ou don’t ever see Jason Witten missing practice” and that “we got to have the young guys step up and play better,” it’s hard to give much credence to any effort to scrape the toothpaste off the ceiling, floor, and walls and cram it back into the tube.

As Jerry Jones has proven over the years, if/when you say something newsworthy that gives you plenty of heartburn, the best thing to do is to say something else newsworthy that gives you less heartburn.  If Stephen Jones doesn’t figure that one out quickly, he’s going to have plenty of heartburn in the not-too-distant future.

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15 Responses to “Stephen Jones takes issue with his words being given their obvious meaning”
  1. hulkhogansays says: Aug 12, 2012 6:07 PM

    Stupidity will continue for generations to come down in dAllas brother.

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2012 6:19 PM

    Own it Stephen. You said it. How else do you interpret “can’t make the club in the tub”?

    Best thing Stephen could do is shut up and find the team a center.

  3. ppc50 says: Aug 12, 2012 6:20 PM

    I like Jerry and the desire he has to win, though his choices haven’t always been the best (i.e. letting go of Jimmy Johnson). On the other hand, his son falls far from the tree. He is seems like a guy who talks a lot of game on his dad’s dime. I recall hearing when Stephen “shoved” Jerry when his dad wanted to sign Deion to put the Cowboys over the edge and into the SB (a yr. after the Niners win), due to money. Though understandable, that lack of professionlism, tact, and charisma will haunt the Cowboys once Jerry doesn’t run the team anymore. Some fans think they have it bad now, it will get worse.

  4. kattykathy says: Aug 12, 2012 6:26 PM

    Do the Cowboys and overrated LSU players even matter?

    When was the last time a highly touted LSU player panned out? They are ALWAYS overrated.

    When was the last time a Jones said something intelligent?

  5. jpb12 says: Aug 12, 2012 6:48 PM

    The media hates on teams that control their messages… Patriots, Packers, Giants, Steelers to name a few… and yet bash the owners that are media hogs.

    Pick a side.

    Seems pretty clear that the Cowboys ownership is overly active in managing the team.

    Not a winning formula. But it does get them a lot of media attention

  6. 11thstreetmafia says: Aug 12, 2012 6:53 PM

    I understand why the Cowboys used to get the pub, but now they are not even interesting.They are are the third best team in their division. The other third best teams in their divisions are the Panthers, Vikings, Seahawks, Bengals, Bills, Jags, and Raiders. Hmm. Not very compelling.

  7. zschaphorst says: Aug 12, 2012 6:59 PM

    I don’t understand why this is an issue, Stephen Jones said he had no problems with Mo Claiborne and Mo said he had no problem with Mo. I agree SJ’s comments sound like attacks when framed the right way, he shouldn’t be mad about the media doing what they always do, creating stories. He and his father need to follow Jason Garrett’s footsteps and focus on winning.

  8. oilman989 says: Aug 12, 2012 7:02 PM

    The only thing Stephen Jones is figured out is how to cash commercial paper with his daddy’s signature in the bottom right hand corner.

  9. macwomack says: Aug 12, 2012 7:28 PM

    Seriously this is overstated….at least Jones didn’t use his mouth to put the whole league in risk.

    That dubious honor belongs to John Mara – still I find it interesting that when you are born into money you are less inclined to “own” your behavior, words, and actions. So while Stephen Jones may have acted a little like a douche — his mouth is not as big as John Mara’s.

    John thanks again for handing the union the collusion suit you.

  10. taintedlombardis says: Aug 12, 2012 8:18 PM

    Damn. It is looking like little Stephen is in over his head…Love or hate his father(hate), at least he was a maverick.

  11. macwomack says: Aug 12, 2012 8:35 PM

    Well to claim Stephen is in over his head is true — but he doesn’t have the keys to the car yet.

    John Mara on the other hand is completely in over his head to the point where he admitted to ESPN that he and 29 other owners were engaged in collusion against the union.

    That is a much better example of being in over your head.

  12. bobhk says: Aug 12, 2012 8:43 PM

    jpb12 says:
    Aug 12, 2012 6:48 PM
    The media hates on teams that control their messages… Patriots, Packers, Giants, Steelers to name a few… and yet bash the owners that are media hogs.

    Pick a side.

    Seems pretty clear that the Cowboys ownership is overly active in managing the team.

    Not a winning formula. But it does get them a lot of media attention

     ——
    Of course, you can have a middle ground where there is little control but owners/gms say intelligent things.

    Cowboys ownership gets worse.

  13. enikville says: Aug 12, 2012 8:46 PM

    Stephen Jones is the next Mike Brown. Sorry Dallas, your future owner isn’t gonna be half as good as his father (not that Jerry Jones is in the same league as Paul Brown). Get ready for decades of futility.

    Give credit to Mark Davis. He had sense enough to know he needed to hire football talent to run the Raiders organization.

  14. rodeoclownclint24 says: Aug 12, 2012 9:46 PM

    mark davis hired help because he wasnt his father al davis knew the game well…but didnt make the right decision all the time but jerry isnt making the decisions with out input from coaches and scouts.. even if they had a gm jerry would still be making the final decision.

  15. realitypolice says: Aug 12, 2012 11:17 PM

    Ugh.

    I hate when people do this. Listen, it’s possible that he wasn’t as angry at Claiborne as his comments made him sound. But he can’t blame other people for taking them that way- the certainly SEEMED to indicate that he was very frustrated with him.

    Just come out and say- “I understand how my words would make it sound like I was angry, but it’s really not that bad”, instead of acting like it’s everyone else’s fault for misinterpreting him.

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