Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Denies He Was Actively Trying to Stop Desegregation of High School In 1957 Little Rock Photo

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has recently come under fire on social media after a photo from 1957 surfaced showing Jones at a protest in Little Rock, Arkansas. According to a story published by The Washington Post, Jones was spotted in a photo among a group of people allegedly attempting to stop the desegregation of Little Rock High School on September 9, 1957.

Jones acknowledged that it was him in the photo. At the time, Jones was reportedly 14-years-old. When speaking about the situation, the Cowboys owner claimed that he was only there out of curiosity. “I didn’t know at the time the monumental event really that was going on. I’m sure glad that we’re a long way from that. I am. That would remind me [to] just continue to do everything we can to not have those kinds of things happen.”

Among all 32 teams, the Dallas Cowboys are one of thirteen franchises that have never hired a Black head coach. The other teams include the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Commanders, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks. 

While Jones has been on the receiving end of some animosity, he’s also being given the benefit of the doubt by others. Prominent sports analyst Stephen A. Smith shared his thoughts on the Jones situation on Friday’s episode of First Take.

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