Jerry Jones on Tom Brady ruling: ‘I’m ready for us to play football’
If Jerry Jones has an opinion on the NFL’s embarrassing courtroom defeat in which its four-game suspension of Tom Brady was nullified by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, he appears intent on keeping it close to the vest.
The Dallas Cowboys owner, whose team will now be tasked with facing the New England Patriots with its superstar quarterback under center in Week 5 (the Pats have a bye in Week 4), was asked about the Brady ruling and it was clear he wasn’t going to bite. He would much prefer to move on from the courtroom drama and start talking some football.
“I really hadn’t let my guard down about playing the Patriots [in Week Five], whether [Brady] was playing or not,” Jones said Thursday night on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas during his team’s preseason finale, via Pro Football Talk. “[Bill] Belichick and that organization are tough competition no matter what. And so I expected all we could handle, one way or the other, Brady or not. So from that standpoint it didn’t change anything.
“I’m ready for us to play football. Certainly I understood many sides of the issue, but as far as I’m concerned let’s keep that over in the courtroom and get to the football field and play some ball.”
Jones is considered one of three or four owners Roger Goodell relies upon most to run the NFL, so it’s not surprising that the normally outspoken owner was relatively tight-lipped about the entire mess. Jones clearly is taking a different approach than Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who was a bit more candid with his comments regarding the fallout of Thursday’s ruling.
In any event, Goodell announced in a statement Thursday that the league intends to appeal the ruling, so it’s not like the Deflategate drama is over and done, meaning the usually loquacious Jones will have plenty of chances in the future to express his thoughts, should he ever feel so inclined.