Speech By Jerry Jones Led To Breakdown During CBA Talks?

Jim Trotter of SI.com gives a behind the scenes glimpse into one of the reasons why the negotiations between NFL owners and players broke down.

Mediator George Cohen began the session by giving each owner an opportunity to speak so Jerry Jones, never one to pass up center stage, tried to lighten the mood by talking of his upbringing and the business acumen that led to his purchase of the Cowboys 22 years ago. The tenor changed when he began discussing how two years of negotiations had failed to bring the sides closer and reportedly what he said next, with arched eyebrows, helped steer the situation past the point of no return.

“I don’t think we’ve got your attention,” Jones said to the players, several of whom recounted the incident. “You clearly don’t understand what we’re saying, and we’re not hearing what you’re saying. So I guess we’re going to have to show you to get your attention.” Jones tapped his fists together for emphasis—the players interpreted it as a sign that a lockout was coming—then stood and walked toward the door.

As he reached the end of the table, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, another labor hawk, began to rise, but Robert Kraft of the Patriots, who was sitting next to him, put a hand on Richardson’s forearm and kept him from going.


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One Response to “Speech By Jerry Jones Led To Breakdown During CBA Talks?”

  1. robbo24 says:

    So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Jerral Wayne Jones at his delusional best.

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