WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones continues making offseason waves, blasting Jimmy Johnson in explaining why the former head coach who won two Super Bowls in Dallas hasn’t been inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
Jones seemed spiteful towards Johnson, in a long-form interview with Don Van Natta Jr. for ESPN, published on Thursday.
“Disloyalty … I couldn’t handle the disloyalty,” Jones admitted. “Whether it was right or not, by every measurement you can go, I had paid so many times a higher price to get to be there than he had paid, it was unbelievable. … By any way you wanna measure it, wear and tear, pain, worry, butt kickin’, the criticism — everything in the book!”
Jones, who also took credit in the interview for the football decisions which led to those championships, declared himself the ultimate victor in their personal feud, saying of Johnson’s firing, “I don’t give a s— what it is, but it caused one thing for him: He’ll never win but two! I’ve won three — and I may get to win five more!”
Johnson has since retaliated, telling Bob West of the Port Arthur News after having read Van Natta’s piece, Jones came off “about like I expected … as a rich [expletive].”
But it doesn’t appear Jones’ vindictive nature towards Johnson has Dallas fans screaming his name with anything other than their own frustrations.
On Monday, Dallas sports radio host Shan Shariff of 105.3 The Fan — a D.C. native who once famously played ‘Hail to the Redskins’ for Jones on Dallas morning radio after RGIII’s 2012 NFL debut against the Saints — says there’s no longer any love for Jones in Dallas among Cowboys fans.
“Man. It hurts me to say this, because I love the guy; I must say it: He’s Al Davis,” Shariff told 106.7 The Fan’s Kevin Shafer. “There is no pro-Jerry party here in Dallas-Fort Worth. It is, ‘You have ruined the team, money is your god, all you care about is ratings and being put on primetime television, and you have put us second,’ in terms of the fanbase who wants to see ‘America’s team’ back. So there is no Jerry support. It is Jerry-Al Davis 2.0.”
It would appear fans of the Dallas Cowboys have seen much better days.
At least Jerry’s still holding out for that next championship, though.
Of course, the storyline could always change.
Shan Shariff (@NewSchoolSS) September 02, 2014
(Listen to the Shafer’s full interview with Shariff below.)