When it comes to the conversation of racism, Jerry Jones isn’t a stranger to it after he made it abundantly clear the Dallas Cowboys would “toe the line” and stand for the national anthem at the peak of silent protests fueled by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jones has since professed he’s learned “grace” on the topic, but no amount of that same grace can help Jon Gruden with his current situation.
During an appearance on 105.3 The Fan this Tuesday morning, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked about Jon Gruden and everything that has happened with him over the past 72 hours or so. Jones exercised restraint with his words when he responded.
“I know these people,” Jones told 105.3FM the Fan on Tuesday. “I know everybody that you’ve been reading about. They’re outstanding proponents of our game. They have represented this game in many cases beautifully.
“Certainly we all continue to recognize what a spotlight you’re in, and the way that we should express ourself. All of that comes to my mind.”
When it comes to whether Gruden should’ve lost his job:
“I have no — I don’t have anything I would want to express there one way or the other,” said Jones. “I know that from the standpoint of contribution, I know that we are all accountable to even a, if you will, a fleeting or minor part of our actions. We are all accountable to those. But that’s about all I want to comment on it. We are talking about people here, even the ones that some of the comments were directed about.
“Those have been outstanding people in the NFL.”
The fiasco involving Gruden is yet another black eye for the league.
Gruden resigned on Monday as Las Vegas Raiders head coach after more damning emails surfaced showing him using homophobic and misogynistic language.
“Daylight and dark. Daylight and dark,” Jones continued. “And just the technology alone, but certainly the expectation has dramatically changed. They were changing from where they were 30 years earlier — 30 years ago. And, so, we just have to just keep your eyes open.”
The Raiders have since named special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.