Jerry Jones Lacks Integrity in Pac-Man Debacle

Brad JamesCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2008

Jerry Jones, the ruthless oil baron and owner of the Dallas Cowboys has been mired in controversy since he took over the franchise in 1989. First, he unceremoniously dumped legendary coach Tom Landry and while he bought enough talented free agents to win three Super Bowls in four years, the unsavory off-field antics of Michael Irvin and Nate Newton, among others, tainted their accomplishments somewhat. In the interim, nothing has changed as Jones' insatiable lust for winning as he continues to make pacts with the devil in hopes of winning an elusive Lombardi trophy. This past offseason, despite no one wanting to touch Pac-Man Jones with a 60-foot pole, Jerry jumped in with both feet and took a flyer on the talented yet troublesome cornerback whom the Tennessee Titans had released. Incidentally, the Titans are currently the NFL's only undefeated team and are undoubtedly glad that Pac-Man's not their problem anymore. While Jones has played fairly well, many NFL analysts, such as Michael Lombardi of, claim he isn't worth the risk. After last week's scuffle between Pac Man and his bodyguard, there was no way that Jerry was going to punish Pac-Man because with the injury suffered by Terence Newman there was no one else to cover the Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald in last Sunday's game at Arizona. Nevertheless, as those who watched the game know, no one covered Fitzgerald anyway, but that's neither here nor there. While Pac-Man was assailed by the media, Jerry adamantly said he wouldn't take any action against his beloved cornerback, although in one of the easiest decisions of all time, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell laid down the hammer. Now, Dallas is coming apart at the seams as the divisive Pac-Man has wreaked havoc in the locker room, TO undoubtedly will malfunction and Romo is already out for four weeks with a busted pinkie. Now, while the Cowboys are facing St. Louis this Sunday, the game is not a gimmie, as the Rams pulled off an improbable win against solid Washington last weekend, while games against Tampa Bay and the Giants await after that. As the aforementioned Lombardi stated Tuesday, the Cowboys need leadership at this point. With the short on integrity Jerry Jones in command, however, this is a team that could easily get derailed.