The Dallas Cowboys’ Owner May Be Fined for His Halloween Costume. Was It Demeaning?

The Dallas Cowboys’ Owner May Be Fined for His Halloween Costume. Was It Demeaning?

Jerry Jones, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, was all smiles at a Halloween party over the weekend. The NFL may not find his recent antics funny.

Jones arrived dressed in a blind NFL referee outfit, including dark sunglasses, a striped shirt and a walking stick. His niece snapped a picture for her social media, and it quickly went viral.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones with the epic troll Halloween costume. A blind ref.
Hope @nfl has a sense of humor pic.twitter.com/WkZyjmDj1J

— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) October 30, 2022

The joke was clearly on the refs, who are routinely criticized by owners, players, and fans alike for their questionable calls on the field. The problem is that the NFL has rules about throwing shade at men in black or white.

A 2019 league memo states:

“Comments regarding the quality of officiating, individual calls or missed calls, the league’s officiating department, an officiating crew or an individual game official accusing game officials of acting with bias or in any way questioning the integrity of NFL game officials; or posting negative or derogatory/demeaning content pertaining to officiating on social media. “

Jerry Jones responds to the controversy

When asked by Sports Illustrated if he was poking fun at the refs, Jones cried foul. He said, “I’m being very cautious here because I’m getting close to a penalty.” “It’s a sign of how much they love me to dress up like them… and how much respect I have for their decision-making. I had everything and the cane. It was also used on some people. “

Coming to his father’s defense, Stephen Jones, who is CEO and Executive VP of the Cowboys, told a sports radio show, “I do think they [the refs] understand you can have some humor with this stuff, but I can’t imagine they don’t think there’s nothing but respect that comes out of the Cowboys organization in terms of how difficult their job is and what a good job they do, as well. “

At press time, the NFL did not comment on Costumegate.

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