Jerry Jones Apologizes For Racially Charged Joke He Made in 2013

On Friday afternoon, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized for a brief clip that was making the rounds which showed him making a racially charged joke while he appeared to be shit-faced. The footage was obtained by a media outlet called The Blast, though (honestly) it was pretty light on background or context.

According to them, Jones was at a Dallas hotel in 2013 when a Cowboys fan, who it should probably be noted is white, approached him and asked if he could offer a congrats to his new fiancée. At that point Jones looks into the camera and says “Jennifer, congratulations on the wedding. Now, you know he’s with a black girl tonight, don’t you?” The camera then cuts away to a black dude who Jerry appears to playfully shove before walking away with his coat over his shoulder.

The Blast adds that:

[W]e’re told the fan recently shared it with his group of friends because he thought the current temperature of race in the NFL and the country made Jones’ comments relevant. The friends were shocked after seeing the footage.

It was sent to The Blast because the individuals involved thought it was important for NFL fans to see. The source we spoke with said, “Fuck Jerry Jones.”

On Friday evening, through the Cowboys, Jones expressed his regret at his remarks in the footage. “That comment was inappropriate,” he said. “It's not who I am, and I'm sorry.”

As noted by the Dallas News, Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders (who won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys back in the '95/'96 season) quickly came to Jones's defense. “I refuse to allow a moment to turn into a monument regarding a man I have known for 20 years, not just as an owner, but as a friend,” Prime Time said in an email. “I won't cast judgment, on one moment when a joke went south, to capture who this man represents in a lifetime commitment of love and compassion to all ethnicities.

“A joke that was intended to add humor at the request of a fan in a lighthearted moment was taken totally out of intent. I'm sorry we're in this state of mind as a country, but if you're looking for a racist, Jerry Jones is not that guy.”

This was not a particularly great Friday for the Cowboys' head honcho as, earlier in the day, a long-form story in ESPN the Magazine was published that seemed to detail a potential civil war brewing amongst the league's leadership. Jones has threatened legal action against the NFL if a contract extension for Roger Goodell is finalized. This animosity towards the commissioner reportedly stems from Goodell's handling of Ezekiel Elliott's on-and-off (now on) 6-game suspension:

Phew, lot of info there. Anyways, tons of drama in Big D. As always, really.

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Cam Newton Laughs at Reporter’s Question: ‘It’s Funny to Hear a Female Talk About Routes’

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has found himself in hot water after delivering a sexist remark in response to a female beat writer's question. On Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer asked Newton about his teammate, wide receiver Devin Funchess, embracing “the physicality of his routes” and wondered if seeing him play that way gave him “a little bit of enjoyment?” 

Look, I'm not an NFL quarterback and even I know his response should've been a simple “yes” followed by a couple lines praising Funchess' recent play. Instead, Newton responded, “It's funny to hear a female talk about routes.” Cam's response was met by silence from every single reporter, which led Newton to double down on his ignorant statement, adding, “It's funny.” 

Here's the thing, Cam: literally no one else found it funny. Women covering sports dragged him for his stupidity. 

Even Jourdan got in on the act. 

ESPN is reporting that, while the Panthers' director of communications is saying that Newton “expressed regret” for his statement, other sources are saying that Newton “did not apologize.” 

The Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) issued a statement on the incident.

 

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You can see and hear Banks' message for yourself below.

Original story below:

It's no secret that Azealia Banks is opinionated. Perhaps, one of the most opinionated rappers of our time. Under the username @XoCheapy, Banks took to Twitter on Monday night to deliver yet another opinion on the heels of Cardi B's widely celebrated No. 1 single, “Bodak Yellow.” In a series of now-deleted tweets, Banks gave her take on what contributed to Cardi's success.

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“I'm sorry,” she started off. “Black industry men are too hype for this Latina girl I've never seen them jump like this for remy or nicki.”

She continued: “Spinning this 'for the culture' story when they are simply letting white men at Atlantic buy them into hating their own women.”

She then made a pretty bold fucking statement: “Charlemagne and black men in hiphop should have gotten me, remy AND nicki a number one before they gave cardi or iggy one.”

Pause: I'm sorry, how exactly did they give her a No. 1? Don't you earn a No. 1? Has Cardi not been out here busting her ass, performing non-stop at sold-out shows, dropping remixes of the song to keep it fresh, staying active on social media, and building with another hot rapper who's a part of the biggest group in hip-hop right now? What?

Anyway, Azealia went on to say that white men in the industry are deliberately trying to “buy black men away from black women” and claimed Cardi is only considered as black when it's convenient for a success story. And then, she capped the rant off with a particularly offensive statement: “I wanted spicy Latina and she gave me poor mans nicki.”

One: at this point, it's just lazy to keep comparing Cardi to Nicki. They're both over it, and it's a tired analysis. Two: there's nothing wrong with being mixed race. There's nothing wrong with being Latina. There's nothing wrong with a mixed-race or Latina rapper being successful. 

Regardless of whether Cardi caught wind of this or not, she seems to be just fine. On Monday, when “Bodak Yellow” officially reached the top of the charts, she tweeted this:

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It’s going to be tough for the NFL to top that ending this season, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to try. On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Patriots will host the Chiefs on the NFL’s opening night and jump start what should be another exciting season for NFL fans. As we prepare to dive headfirst into NFL action, we decided to step back for a moment and assess what should be the biggest stories heading into the new NFL year. Here are the three storylines to look out for this season if you are an NFL fan.

Can anyone beat the Patriots?

Tom Brady at training camp.
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The Patriots may have won the Super Bowl in February, but that didn’t stop them from making a few major moves during the offseason to get even better than they already were. They worked out a trade with the Saints that netted them speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and they also signed former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a deal in free agency. Additionally, they’ll get Rob Gronkowski back after he sat the end of last season with a back injury.

The Patriots did suffer a huge setback during the preseason when wide receiver Julian Edelman went down with a season-ending ACL injury. But even without Edelman in the lineup, New England is still the team to beat in the AFC this season. They should be able to cruise to the top of the AFC East and clinch a playoff berth early, and once they’re there, they’ll likely be favored to win all of their postseason games as they head towards another Super Bowl. The Raiders, Steelers, and potentially even the Broncos, Titans, and Ravens could present problems for the Patriots. But they will once again be the team to beat.

Will the Falcons be able to bounce back from their devastating Super Bowl loss?

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Historically, teams that lose in the Super Bowl struggle during the following season. Cam Newton and the Panthers made a trip to Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, but after losing to the Broncos, they went just 6-10 last season and finished at the bottom of the AFC South while their division rivals, the Falcons, went to the Super Bowl.

This season, it will be the Falcons trying to overcome a Super Bowl hangover—and it’s not going to be easy for them to do. Unlike the Panthers, the Falcons probably should have won the Super Bowl if not for a big blown lead during the second half of the game. So they’re going to have to shake off whatever negative feelings they have heading into the season and find a way to put Super Bowl LI in the past.

The good news for the Falcons is that they’ve got all of their major weapons back this year. Matt Ryan will still be lining up under center and playing quarterback. Julio Jones will still be presenting matchup nightmares for opposing cornerbacks at the wide receiver position. And Devonta Freeman, who signed a contract in August making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL, will still be running all over the field for the Falcons. Plus, Atlanta will begin playing at their brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which should take their minds off what happened in the Super Bowl.

But still, it’s hard to imagine them not thinking about the Super Bowl loss from time to time, and it could impact them this season. And if they struggle because of it, could you even blame them?

Which rookie quarterback will prove to be the best of the bunch?

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There are at least four rookie quarterbacks that could see some playing time this season. DeShone Kizer has already been named the starting QB for the Browns after beating out Brock Osweiler in training camp. But Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who was taken No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes could play in regular-season games as well.

None of the four are expected to have the kind of impact that then-rookie Dak Prescott had for the Cowboys last season. But then again, no one saw Prescott having the impact he did, so who knows? Maybe Kizer will end up leading the Browns to a 13-3 record and a playoff berth just like Prescott did for Dallas last season!

Er, or maybe not. But chances are, at least one of these rookie QBs is going to make his team’s fan base very happy this season. Which one ultimately has the most success is anyone’s guess, but it’ll be fun to see how productive they are when they finally take the field for their respective teams.

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