Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been under fire a lot recently. Jones has been named in a lawsuit brought on by an African-American journalist who says Jones and Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula made racist remarks about black players, which both owners have denied.
Jones was also seen in a photo when he was a teenager standing outside a school in Arkansas with a bunch of white students when the school was being integrated, which also brought on a lot of criticism.
Yet despite all of that, Jerry Jones says he is on the front line of NFL owners wanting more minority ownership in the league.
“[There are] multiple ways to address inequity. Multiple ways to go do it. And certainly I would think that one way is to try to work to get ownership improved in the minority area. And I’m all for it and I do it. I work at it. I work at it,” Jones said.
Jones says he has talked to Commissioner Roger Goodell about it, and he champions Magic Johnson’s part ownership of the Washington Commanders.
“Magic is a great ambassador and I’d carry him piggyback to get him involved in the NFL,” said Jones.
He also says he believes more minority ownership is coming to the league especially with more and more minorities gaining money and power across the country.
“You know the financial hurdles for everything has gone up, but percentage-wise there are qualified people out here,” Jones added. “If they aren’t here this minute, they’re on their way because that’s what’s happening in this country is people do gain on it and many of the people that recently have gotten involved in the NFL might not have been able to do it 20 years ago.”