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Jerry Jones emphatically denies that Tony Romo was called out during team meeting


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones became the latest member of the organization to issue an adamant denial that quarterback Tony Romo was ripped by defensive tackle Jason Hatcher ripped Tony Romo in a motivational speech during a team meeting last week.

Jones told KRLD-FM in no uncertain terms did Hatcher single out Romo, something that originally was alleged in a report from Ian Rapoport that aired on the NFL Network’s “NFL Gameday Morning” program.

Rapoport’s report alleges that “was an undercurrent of frustration in the Cowboys’ locker room, especially on the defensive side of the ball, due to the number of times Romo has audibled away from the run.” During the team meeting, Hatcher called out teammates, in particular Romo, and that Hatcher’s comments reportedly involved his view “that everyone needed to do their jobs with a sense of urgency.”

Not so, says Jerry Jones.

Said Jones, via a report from The Dallas Morning News: “There was absolutely – and I emphasize absolutely – no reference in any way to another player,” Jones said on KRLD-FM. “It’s absurd to think that a defensive player would be critical of anybody specifically on offense, or an offensive player be critical of anybody on defense. That just doesn’t happen, wouldn’t happen and didn’t happen.”

Head coach Jason Garrett, doing his part to present a unified organizational front, also denied the allegations, saying on Monday, “Any sort of idea that he was calling someone out is completely inaccurate.”

Hatcher previously denied that he called out the team’s franchise quarterback.

“He’s the best quarterback in the league,” Hatcher said. “So I love Romo to death. That’s my brother.”

Setting aside Hatcher’s questionable assessment that Romo is the best quarterback in the league, the Cowboys currently are sitting at 2-1, and it’s difficult to argue with Romo’s production thus far this season. Romo has completed 72.2% of his passes, thrown six touchdowns to only one interception and has tallied a well above average 103.9 quarterback rating, the fifth-best QB rating in the league after three weeks.

So, if Hatcher did go after Romo during a team meeting, it was poorly timed. It’s not like Romo has presented teammates plenty of opportunities to single him out for his play throughout his up-and-down career. Just not right now.