Peter King has an intriguing footnote to Friday’s overblown non-story that NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino spent time socially with Cowboys COO Stephen Jones.
King, who confirms and updates the PFT report that no teams have complained to the league about Blandino doing with Jones what Blandino does with every team and every member of the Competition Committee, shares the explanation Blandino has provided to the powers-that-be at 345 Park Avenue.
“He met Stephen Jones, a member of the league’s Competition Committee, for dinner in Los Angeles,” King writes. “After dinner, Jones suggested they get a drink. Blandino accepted. They went to a bar and had a drink. From there, Blandino parted ways with Jones and others in his party.”
That meshes with what we’ve separately heard — that, while Blandino was on the bus, he wasn’t there for long. And he was long gone by the time TMZ shot images of Jones entertaining a group of females on the bus.
And so this overblown non-story remains a non-story. End of non-story.