Sunday, June 4

Jerry Jones addresses voyeurism allegations

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jerry Jones conceded the conversation was fair.

After decades owning the Cowboys, decades drawing attention and fans to what’s been dubbed America’s Team, allegations of a former executive’s voyeurism and the discovery of a confidential settlement will not simply disappear without discussion.

So Monday morning at the NFL’s annual meeting, Jones fielded questions from local reporters for the first time since news of the Cowboys’ $2.4 million settlement with team cheerleaders became public. The settlement followed allegations that a team vice president took photos and/or videos in the cheerleaders’ locker room in 2015.

Rich Dalrymple, the then-Cowboys’ senior vice president of public relations and communications, retired in February two weeks before ESPN released its report. I have denied wrongdoing.

“When you spend going-on-30-something years, saying, ‘Look at us, hey, wait, you’re looking away, look at us, we’re the Cowboys’—when you go that way, then when you have some things you may not want to look at, you get looked at,” Jones said.

Jones said the decision to settle and commit to nondisclosure was in the “best interests of the makeup of (our) constituency.” I have listed the cheerleaders, Cowboys employees, fans and the public as constituencies whom a quiet arrangement benefited. Jones insisted he sought “ultimate fairness” in the adjudication that resulted in each cheerleader defendant netting $399,523.27 while Dalrymple remained employed after an internal investigation. Dalrymple left “on his own terms” and “had our ethos down,” Jones said, adding that the settlement payout did not reflect whether he believed the cheerleaders’ concern that Dalrymple had extended an iPhone toward them while they changed clothes in their stadium locker room.

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