Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, Patriots’ Robert Kraft got into heated argument during NFL fall meetings: report
Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots, who both are the owners of pro football franchises, got into a heated argument during their meetings in the league office last week.
According to two sources who were there, it started after Kraft said he didn’t see Jones as a leader and reminded him that it was his league office that he and Jones were talking about, not their teams.
That argument grew more heated and it ended with Jones saying that Kraft should “shut up.”
In a subsequent exchange with Kraft, the Patriots owner said, “Do you want your kids to have to listen to you?”
Jones, a billionaire who is perhaps best known as the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, was asked during a press conference Friday if he and Kraft had gotten into an argument.
“We got into a conversation about football, and we’ve left the meeting room, but we’ve left it in very good standing,” he told reporters.
“We left it the same way we entered it,” he said. “It was very friendly and cordial. It seemed to me like we had a good working relationship, and I’ll leave it that way.”
In an interview with Sirius XM NFL radio on Friday, an even more combative Jones said: “As long as I’m here, I’m going to run this organization as if you were one of my employees.
“The organization can run without me, and we will figure things out. Whatever is needed, it will be addressed. And you know how things fall in my organization.”
His remarks came as two officials have confirmed the Cowboys and Patriots were working on a deal until Friday, when the clubs were unable to arrive at a deal.
It was a busy week for Jones in terms of the NFL’s business dealings. On Wednesday, the NFL and the players’ union signed a new collective bargaining agreement,