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Jerry Jones, Possibly Drunk, Has Some Words for Bill Parcells, Tim Tebow

Apr 14, 2010 – 12:45 PM
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn't afraid to speak his mind, and it's gotten him in trouble with the NFL in the past. Tuesday, Deadspin posted a video of what looks like Jones pontificating on Tim Tebow's future and what Bill Parcells is really like. Not sure if this will require a meet-and-greet with commissioner Roger Goodell down at NFL headquarters, but it's embarrassing nonetheless.

Either way, Jones, apparently inebriated, is filmed on a cellphone camera talking about Tebow ("He'd never get on the field"), Parcells (" Not worth a [expletive]"), Tony Romo, and his new stadium.

NSFW language video, rough transcription and analysis below.

And, via Deadspin, obviously, what was supposedly said:
Jerry Jones: Romo was a miracle.

Other guy: It was a miracle, wasn't it?

JJ: He almost never got in, and he almost was gone. Tebow would never...

Different other guy: What if you were the Jaguars or - would you just, just draft him and sell [bleeping] jerseys?

JJ: That's the only reason I brought in Bill Parcells.


JJ: [Inaudible. Sounds a little like, "Sell mammoth [bleepin'] rake," whatever that means.]

JJ: Bill's not worth a [bleep]. I love him.

Different other guy: I know you do.

JJ: Not worth a [bleep], but I wanted - they were on my [bleep] so bad. J's gotta have a yes man. So to get this [bleepin'] stadium, I need to bring his [bleep] in.

Different other guy: What, you, you wouldn't take Tebow in the third round?

JJ: Why? He'd never get on the field. I can't get him out there.


JJ: I can't get him out there.
Now, the immediate reaction to this could be, "BURN THE BLOGS TO THE GROUND!!!" That's silly and, ultimately, a knee-jerk response -- this wasn't a blogger hanging out with Jones in a bar, and it wasn't a blogger asking Jones the questions. It was a reader of a web site who found this video and sent it along to said web site.

If that web site was, say, ESPN or any newspaper outlet in the country, or even FanHouse, and the source was credible, there is a good chance that the clip would air: it's beyond newsworthy.

Why? Because Jones makes statements about his former coach, a current draft prospect and the manner in which he got his stadium. Now, the only thing that might be considered inflammatory are Jones' thoughts on Parcells -- it's not news that Tebow is considered to be a bad quarterback prospect in the NFL by many observers and it's a straight-up fact that Romo almost didn't make the NFL.

It doesn't seem likely that Goodell would punish Jones, but the Parcells comment could end up being a little awkward. (Although ESPN's Chris Mortensen, when discussing the story after the World Wide Leader aired the clip, pointed out that Jones' comment about Parcells' worth could be classified as a "term of endearment.")

That might be a stretch, but even if Parcells is angry, his biggest retaliation would be, at most, a private conversation with Jones.

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