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There comes a time when a public figure can no longer be maintained. Donald Sterling and Robert Sarver were assholes long before we had any proof that they were. So when Sterling’s audio leaks, or Baxter Holmes’ work appears on the internet, there’s no reason to back them up. Let the investigation run its course, and see how long Deshaun Watson’s suspension lasts.
Here we are with Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder. The House Oversight and Reform Committee released the Dan Snyder cut, and it’s more of a story about sexual misconduct and the toxic work environment the owner created. Greasy henchmen in Snyder’s and Republican corners criticized the panel, calling it a waste of taxpayer time and money. I agree. We don’t need it. This is one of about 500 things that suggest that Snyder probably shouldn’t be in charge of a frozen banana stand let alone an NFL team.
Dallas Cowboys owner and boy Jerry Jones didn’t feel that way, and he joined the cavalcade of idiots who denounced the report as biased. In his weekly radio hit with K&C Masterpiece in Dallas, he tells the hosts who got the inspiration for their name from the shitty barbecue sauce.
“I hope our fans see how politically biased this report is,” Jones said. “This report doesn’t even come out if Republicans are in Congress. Very stupid.”
Hey, Jerry, this isn’t the January 6th panel, so stop defending Snyder like he’s Donald Trump.
“My point is there are biases along the way. There is a story behind the story.”
Yes, there are many stories. Like this, and this, or what about that, and this tidbit?
Jones later complained that the hubbub surrounding Snyder had become “a campaign to stop [workplace] settlements”.
Not a great look for a guy working for a league that once had a $1 billion concussion settlement, but okay.
My favorite (is that the right word?) part of the saucy radio spot is Jones saying he is “proud” of the effort his organization has put into improving his workplace.
“We have been thoroughly, for a long time, trying to improve our workplace. Do we have room for improvement throughout? Of course. Everyone does. But I am proud of where we are at the moment.”
The reason Jones can’t say he’s proud of the Dallas work environment is because they had a guy filming a Cowboys cheerleader in the locker room. The main reason Jones defends Snyder so earnestly – aside from the “boys benefiting from the commander’s constantly embarrassing product” – is if NFL owners can be routinely removed for being an asshole, he might be next.
Photos of Jones at an anti-segregation rally surfaced recently, and the public thinks the statute of limitations applied to black-and-white evidence that he too is disgusting. To be clear, Jones isn’t going anywhere. He’s the most powerful owner of the most popular team in the league.
Despite this, he becomes as indefensible as the owner he defends.