Perhaps you were surprised when racy photos of Jerry Jones with young women in suggestive positions surfaced on Aug. 5. Well, if you know Jones on any level, you shouldn’t have been.
No, this was just par for the course.
“Look, the funny thing is, if you follow the man for any length of time, he’s really just kind of living that Hef dream, that Hugh Hefner life that you never have to get old sort of thing,” The Ticket in Dallas radio host Bob Sturm said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s kind of been living that for as long as a lot of us can remember. He just did a pretty good job of keeping it out of the public’s eye. I wish I could say we were all shocked, but honestly, we were actually kind of shocked it took that long for someone to (expose that).”
Jones, 71, had been pretty hush-hush about the photos for several days before breaking his silence on Sunday. He said that he was “misrepresented” in the photos.
“He’s certainly publicly married, and I do not set the rules on other people’s marriages,” Sturm said. “My marriage is my business – and it’s tough enough to figure out one, let alone (other people’s). But his situation, he seems to have different ground rules. I don’t know. I don’t know the theme, but I do know that anyone who covers the Cowboys knows that that dude certainly enjoys all that life can offer a man. But when a picture gets out, there’s not many people that cover the team that (are) overly shocked, I would say.”
Cowboys fans probably aren’t too shocked, either. In fact, they’re growing tired of the immature antics that surround America’s team.
“People in Dallas look forward to the day that he hands the steering wheel to someone else, but the irony of all that I suppose – if you want to be cynical, and I generally do – is he’s going to hand the steering wheel to his son.”
In other whacky Cowboys news, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s drug policy. Scandrick tested positive for amphetamines – the result of which, he said, stems from taking MDMA (also known as Ecstasy or Molly) while in Mexico with his ex-girlfriend in April.
“This place,” Sturm said of the Cowboys, “to say it’s a zoo is an understatement.”
Sturm has been covering Dallas since 1998. In his first week on the job, Michael Irvin stabbed offensive lineman Everett McIver in the neck with a pair of scissors.
“That’s when I realized this is not your typical football team that you’re covering,” Sturm said. “This is the Dallas Cowboys. It’s always going to be crazy.”
Jones was recently asked about the racy photos, Scandrick and the Josh Brent saga, among other off-the-field issues, which should give you a pretty good idea of how this year will likely unfold.
“At some point, there’s going to be a football season, and there’s going to be 16 games, and I’ll be really interested to see how prepared they are to play those 16 games with everything that goes on seemingly every year – some years more than others,” Sturm said. “But man, this last week has been textbook Jerry Jones regime if you ask me.”