Jerry Jones on Amari Cooper: You check “me” at the door with a football team

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When receiver Amari Cooper tested positive for COVID-19 late last week, it automatically took him out for Dallas’ Week 11 contest against Kansas City and Week 12 matchup with Las Vegas on Thanksgiving because he’s unvaccinated.

While quarterback Dak Prescott voiced his support for Cooper last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones noted in an interview on 105.3 The Fan the clear differences of being vaccinated vs. being unvaccinated in this situation.

“First of all, he wouldn’t have been testing had he been vaccinated,” Jones said, via Mark Lane of WFAA. “So, he didn’t have symptoms. So, he wouldn’t have been tested. So, there’s a very likelihood like he is he might have played had he been vaccinated, number one. Number two, after you are tested and you are vaccinated, you can come back quicker. It’s an automatic 10 days if you haven’t been vaccinated. It’s not automatic if you have not been vaccinated and you get to test and testing negative is important, but you have to have a couple tests negative.

“It is very punitive to get the COVID, to be trite, it’s very punitive to get the COVID if you’re not vaccinated in the NFL. It’s very punitive. We have a high alert for unvaccinated players in the NFL, a high alert. And, in fact, it is punitive as we see if in fact you’re not vaccinated and get the COVID as opposed to being vaccinated and getting the COVID. Period. And we’re going through kind of a classic case of how it would have been different vaccinated.”

Asked if he’s disappointed in Cooper, Jones didn’t give a direct yes or no answer, but instead pointed to the team aspect of the sport.

“I’m just, again, I said it early. You check ‘me’ at the door in a football team,” Jones said. “That has nothing to do with the issues of masking, not masking, getting vaccinated, not getting vaccinated. And if I have a tone, I shouldn’t. It just has nothing to do with it. The facts are it is a ‘we’ thing when you walk into the locker room, and anybody is being counted on to pull his weight. Everybody expects that. They look around at each other. They understand everybody’s rights. They do. We do. Everybody understands our rights and our options as it pertains to those rights. But can you — if you forget it’s a ‘we’ thing and how important your part is.

“Obviously these guys are rewarded. They’re rewarded financially. Now, Amari Cooper is outstanding, folks. He’s one of the highest character guys you will ever be around in any area. And he’s outstanding in his introspect and how he does things. When he was at the Raiders for a year or two he set up a library for players to read during their breaks which they have. So, my point is he’s outstanding and nobody’s saying that he isn’t outstanding. But this is a classic case of how it can impact a team when people are, at the end of the day, this is not individual; this is team. You cannot win anything individually. So, all of that are statements everybody has heard until they are blue in the face. But the point is this popped us. This did pop us.”

Cooper has 44 receptions for 583 yards with three touchdowns in 2021. Coincidentally, Cooper’s positive test means he won’t have a chance for a proverbial “revenge game” against his old team, as the Cowboys will host the Raiders on Thanksgiving.

33 responses to “Jerry Jones on Amari Cooper: You check “me” at the door with a football team

  1. For a league that supposedly has such a high rate of vaccinated players, they sure have a lot of unvaccinated players.

  2. Make it make sense. You are vaccinated they already said you can carry and pass it along. Same as unvaccinated. It’s not a conspiracy theory to ask why. This is a serious question. What benefit is there to be vaccinated with this? I already know I’ll be censored but I really want to know. Because it’s not working.

  3. Unless your doctor tells you not to get the vaccine, there is no good reason NOT to get vaccinated. Full stop.

  4. Jones is old and he’s got all the money in the world so why is he reluctant to directly state that he’s disappointed in Cooper. Of course he’s disappointed in Cooper. By not getting vaccinated and limiting his availability to play, Cooper has most definitely let the team down.

  5. What benefit is there to be vaccinated with this?

    How about not dying? That seems like a big benefit.

  6. You check “me” at the door in a football team… unless you build a stadium affectionately known as Jerry World.

  7. The only reason your doctor would tell you not to take the vaccine:

    1.) A specific medical condition preventing you from taking the vaccine.

    That’s it.

    That’s the list.

    Other than that, a medical doctor telling you NOT to get the vaccine is playing politics or some other scame (like cash for exemptions).

  8. If you don’t want to be vaccinated, you don’t want to do all you can to win or continue living

  9. So according to Jerry the testing protocols for vaccinated players would have allowed Cooper to play Sunday with the virus if he was vaccinated since he wouldn’t have been due to be tested?

  10. It’s hard to buy all the ‘we’ stuff and ‘team’ stuff when there is such a huge difference between what the highest paid team player makes and the lowest paid teammate makes. These aren’t teams anymore. Haven’t been in a long time. They are 53 individuals who are looking out for themselves cuz hardly any of them now for sure what uniform they will have on next season.

  11. greenlantern says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Make it make sense. You are vaccinated they already said you can carry and pass it along. Same as unvaccinated. It’s not a conspiracy theory to ask why. This is a serious question. What benefit is there to be vaccinated with this? I already know I’ll be censored but I really want to know. Because it’s not working
    _________________________________

    The benefit is being vaccinated keeps you from dying or getting very sick. This has been stated many times. I have friends that are vaccinated and getting a little sick, but my unvaccinated friends are getting sick and taking up hospital space. There’s your biggest difference.

  12. So, he just lit the fuse to separate the locker room from team management, let the December Cowboy collapse start early….

  13. I’ll give Jones credit, he clumsily said something amazing!!! Cooper would have played against the chiefs Sunday and against the raiders Thursday while having Covid. He likely would have spread Covid to others. The only reason he’s not playing is he was tested as he has no symptoms. As the vaccine doesn’t not prevent infection or transmission the only benefit it would have had is allowing an infected man to play. Great job NFL and great job all those people who love the idiotic NFL protocols.

  14. No, Jerry, this is a classic case of meddling in other peoples business. If he doesn’t want the jab, then that’s his business. Three of my family members are getting over cvd and they all took Ivermectin and are fine. . Now they have good, strong antibodies against it. They didn’t have to suffer myocarditis either.

  15. greenlantern says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:15 am
    Make it make sense. You are vaccinated they already said you can carry and pass it along. Same as unvaccinated. It’s not a conspiracy theory to ask why. This is a serious question. What benefit is there to be vaccinated with this? I already know I’ll be censored but I really want to know. Because it’s not working.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Do you use an oil filter in your car? It is not 100 % effective in removing contaminants. I bet you do use an oil filter, even though its not 100 % effective, because it is much less expensive than buying a new engine.

    The same is true of the vaccine. It is not 100 % effective, but its worth it since it prevents serious illness (engine damage) or death (new engine).

  16. Jerrah is an extraterrestrial. It’s the only explanation for him having his own language.

  17. For all the vaccine people I get it, but the facts are vacinatted people still get covid. Do what you want. Cowboys will collapse anyway shot or no shot.

  18. Why get vaccinated?

    If you are vaccinated, you are

    4-5 times less likely to get infected;
    If you do get infected, you are 11 times less likely to need an ICU;
    If you do need an ICU, you are approx. 16 times less likely to die.

    Not to mention, you pose much less risk to others.

  19. Cooper is a hero. If he was Cole Beasley he’d be getting skewered for this.

    What being vaccinated means is you bought the talking points around it.

    My best friend was “one of those” pro vaxxers until his entire family got hit by COVID a few weeks ago. His wife is still reeling and now he realizes he’d been sold a bill of goods.

    That isn’t mentioning the heart issues that are far more prevalent than you’ve been led to believe.

    Cooper made the smart choice. I don’t care what Jerry or the rest of the propaganda pushers have to say about the issue.

  20. Cooper and lying Aaron are just the latest of many who failed their teammates and there fans the unvaccinated should not be paid for there missed weeks as i heard that is was the case for that immunized liar rodgers .

  21. The vaxxed and unvaxxed can both catch and spread covid.
    The jab makes it less likely you go to the hospital that’s it.

  22. So he’s okay with Cooper playing with covid if he got the shot. Therein lies the problem with logic. People with or without the shot can get it and spread it. So why don’t they test everyone equally?

  23. “Can someone translate that into normal sentences?”

    Cooper is not being a team player. He’s being selfish.

  24. Cooper doesn’t love football. He doesn’t even like playing football. He’s just in it for the money. He might be an outstanding citizen, but he’s not a good teammate. He might be the kind of guy you want your daughter to marry, but he’s a loser of a football player. That’s why the Raiders got rid of him. And now the Cowboys see what the Raiders saw.

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