Jake Plummer regrets calling Jerry Jones a ‘billionaire a–hole’
Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer recently savaged Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for comments that disputed the link between CTE and player concussions. And while he says now that he regrets calling Jones a “billionaire a-hole” during his rant, Plummer nevertheless stands by the substance of his comments.
“I was in a passionate moment at that time . . . sometimes I might not think everything through clearly,” Plummer said on Phoenix’s FOX Sports 910 radio. “It came out, I said it, I’ll own it, I’ll stand by it. I don’t know Jerry Jones personally enough to call him that, which is probably why I shouldn’t have used that word. But, for him to say those things about the absurdity of a link between CTE and brain trauma – it points to a guy who’s trying to protect his investment or is completely out of touch with reality.”
The crux of Plummer’s original comments were in advocacy of the use of medical marijuana as a pain-killer. But while stating his case, he called out NFL owners, specifically Jones, for their perceived hesitancy to the alternatives afforded by cannabis.
“Like Jerry Jones, who says it’s ‘absurd’ that there would be a link between brain trauma, football and CTE,” Plummer said in part. “Shame on him for saying that, that billionaire a–hole. It’s the worst thing in the world for a guy like that to say.”
But with some time to cool off and reflect on his inflammatory tirade against Jones and his fellow NFL owners, Plummer says he recognizes he could have handled things better. But his passion for advocating for medical marijuana remains strong.
“I probably didn’t do well by calling him what I did, but hey it’s what happened at that moment and people are talking about it which is a great thing,” he said. “Ultimately we want to save the game, we don’t want to fight the NFL over this, we just want to help keep the game that we all love to watch, and I loved to play. Keep it alive.”
The notion that cannabis ought to be used as an alternative to opioids and other pharmaceuticals is gaining popularity, both inside and outside the world of pro football. With passionate, vocal supporters like Plummer leading the charge, expect the debate to continue.
[Pro Football Talk]