Jerry Jones

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that it had located Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a photo of a white mob intent on preventing Black students from integrating North Little Rock High School in 1957.

Beforehand, Jones had only spoken about his presence at the incident as part of historical documentation, but this was the first time it appeared that he was an active participant.

Jones told the Wahington Post that he was not there to prevent Black students from entering the school and was instead merely there out of curiosity.

“I don’t know that I or anybody anticipated or had a background of knowing … what was involved. It was more a curious thing,” Jones said, though the WaPo report’s timeline of events based on where he was at various moments seems to contradict his story.

Naturally, a lot of people have been weighing in on the phone and among them was former ESPN host Jemele Hill.

“Guessing Jerry Jones isn’t the only NFL owner who has something like this in his past. The wild part is the expectation that Black people are just supposed to naively trust that white people who were once eager participants in the dark parts of history magically have evolved,” Hill wrote.

As the Washington Post story notes, Jones has never hired a Black head coach in his 33 years as owner of the Cowboys. He has also been criticized over the years for his various stance on social issues. While he initially knelt with players during the national anthem to protest social justice, he later changed his mindapplauding players who didn’t kneel and saying those who did “disrespected the flag.” Jones also apologized in 2017 for a racially insensitive remark he had made in 2013.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.