Jerry Jones declines to comment on whether Jon Gruden should have lost his job

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Every Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks about the happenings with his team and the league during a segment on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. This Tuesday, Jones was asked about the events leading to the resignation of Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

Jones, who usually has something to say about anything and everything, had not a whole lot to say about Gruden.

I know these people,” Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “I know everybody that you’ve been reading about. They’re outstanding proponents of our game. They have represented this game in many cases beautifully. And certainly, we will continue to recognize what a spotlight you’re in and the way that we should express ourselves. All of that comes to my mind.”

Jones also was asked whether Gruden deserved to lose his job.

“I don’t have anything I want to express there, one way or the other,” Jones said. “From the standpoint of contribution, I know that we are all accountable to even a, if you will, a fleeting or minor part of our actions. We are all accountable to those. But that’s about all I want to comment on it. We are talking about people here and even the ones that some of the comments were directed about. Those have been outstanding people in the NFL.”

It’s surprising that Jones didn’t have more to say. Given the strong condemnation that the NFL issued on Friday regarding Gruden’s email regarding NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, it would be perfectly acceptable for Jones to make similar remarks.

But Jones possibly is protecting the broader Football Industrial Complex, where an attack on one is an attack on all.

And let’s be fully candid about it. Jones at some level has to be concerned about his 32 years in the NFL. The things he may have said. The things he may have done. The things that could come back to haunt him, especially if the NFL does the right thing and releases the full body of evidence developed during the Washington Football Team investigation.

Until we see all of the evidence, we don’t know and won’t know whether, for example, Jones and former Washington executive Bruce Allen exchanged emails. Or, for that matter, Jones and Snyder.

Indeed, when Jones was on a crusade to take down Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2017, Snyder was the only other owner who actively supported him. If it’s fair game to reveal things Gruden said to Allen about Goodell and others, it’s unfair and hypocritical to hide things that others in positions of power and influence said and did, to Allen or to anyone else with the Washington Football Team.

18 responses to “Jerry Jones declines to comment on whether Jon Gruden should have lost his job

  1. want to know why he didnt say anything? because without even saying anything, youve already condemned him with accusations of his 32 years in the league.

  2. Jerry Jones is a bigoted racist and sexist himself. That’s why he didn’t condemn Gruden’s despicable commentary.

  3. Jerry was also vehemently opposed to players engaging in Black Lives Matter protests. I’m sure he has a lot of concerns about what he’s said in this scandal.

  4. Don’t fret that there will be a shortage of people kicking him when he’s down. I’m fine with Jerry taking the high road.

  5. I’ve begun to wonder about Snyder’s involvement in the leak. Could have been a poorly executed attempt by Snyder or the league to divert some of WFT mess to make Bruce Allen the scapegoat. Allen has so far come through unscathed but he was part of the e-mail conversation.

  6. How can you just accuse a guy (without evidence) of committing acts similar to Gruden? I get it- because he is an old white guy. Still- extremely unprofessional and unethical on your part.

  7. Football Industrial Complex 😀

    Imagine pretending to be surprised that the notoriously loudmouthed, petulant hothead would stay true to his character in private.

  8. yaz67 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 11:53 am
    How can you just accuse a guy (without evidence) of committing acts similar to Gruden? I get it- because he is an old white guy. Still- extremely unprofessional and unethical on your part.
    There’s no longer a prerequisite for ethics in journalism unfortunately. This site seems to be a pioneer on that front.

  9. Jerry, the “shadow NFL commissioner” may be behind this anyway. He promised Al Davis that he would “look after” Mark before Al died. Jerry made good on that promise when he stepped in and convinced Bank of America to take on the $750M loan the Raiders needed for the Vegas deal, and that was after Mark Davis cut out Sheldon Adelson. Adelson, in return, got Goldman Sachs to back out of the loans, leaving Davis and the Raiders in the lurch. Jerry got BoA to not only loan $750M, but $850M and another credit line for cost over-runs. In addition, Jerry got many of his Vegas gambling partners and builders to cough up cash for other expenses, and led the NFL owners’ charge to get the Vegas deal passed (though he very visibly skipped attending the meetings when it was voted upon).

    Maybe getting Mark and the Raiders out from under that 10-yr $100M dollar Gruden deal was another way of Jerry watching out for Al’s legacy and Mark’s well-being.

  10. I for one, have zero interest in ever reading about anymore of Stephen’s or Jerrah’s glory hole conquests of the last decade.

  11. So Jon Gruden for be fired for being the first coach to hire a gay player, and for hiring lots of black coaches? Jerry probably thinks people should be fired for doing something wrong, not for doing something right. But he’s a billionaire. What does he know?

  12. Jerry said nothing because he’s one of the owners that was behind this. He wants to win against the upstart raiders on thanksgiving soo bad. The nfl doesn’t want Davis and all the new found wealth to be a thorn like his father was. All was hunky dory when Davis had no money and an old stadium.

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