Jerry Jones thought he was making a light-hearted joke with his Halloween costume, but he ultimately upset an organization with his actions. Jones dressed like a blind referee, wearing a striped shirt, large sunglasses and a white cane.
The National Federation of the Blind spoke out this week regarding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ costume choice on Halloween.
According to TMZ Sports, National Federation of the Blind Director of Public Relations Chris Danielsen called when Jones did “unfortunate” while he implied blind people are “incompetent,” adding: “When anyone perpetuates that stereotype, it’s harmful.”
The 80-year-old Jones was likely throwing shots over that infamous catch or non catch from Dez Bryant from a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers years ago when Tony Romo was the QB.
He could have been subject to punishment by the league, but the NFL decided against disciplining him, per TMZ Sports.
“He does have blind Cowboys fans,” Danielsen told the outlet. “They show up at games and put on headsets or listen on the radio. It may be something for him to think about.”
According to a league memo from 2019, the NFL forbids “comments regarding the quality of officiating, individual calls or missed calls, the League’s officiating department, an officiating crew, or an individual game official; [a]ccusing game officials of acting with bias or in any way questioning the integrity of NFL game officials; or [p]osting negative or derogatory/demeaning content pertaining to officiating on social media.”
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