Jerry Jones says some suggestive photos of him with a few young women are not what it looks like. And then the Dallas Cowboys owner said he didn't want to talk about them.
"Someone has misrepresented photos taken at a restaurant five years ago for their own purposes and so I'm just not going to comment," Jones said, per ESPN.com.
Pictures of Jones surfaced with two women in fairly racy poses, and Deadspin has put a little more of the story together, which seems to corroborate Jones' timeline of the events. It sounds like someone was trying to extort Jones with them.
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Jones had gone out of his way to avoid the media following the release of the photos, failing to speak after the Cowboys' preseason-opening loss to the San Diego Chargers, which — to anyone not aware — is about as common as a Halley's Comet sighting. Jones also skipped talking to the media after Saturday's practice, waiting til the following day to make this statement/non-statement.
In his defense, Jones said he was sick — coughing a few times for added effect — which was the reason he was so camera-shy the past few days.
Jones also was asked about running around in his party bus with NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino, which caused a minor stir among a few anonymous NFL types. But Jones brushed off any controversy by in essence saying that it was much ado about nothing.
"I just don't have a problem with it at all," Jerry Jones said, "and I don't deem it inappropriate at all. Part of Blandino's job during the offseason is to network with the clubs, that's a good thing. Officiating is doing a good job, and I just don't have a problem with that. As you know, our bus is an area that we entertain and that's what we do. So I just don't have a problem with that."
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