LeBron James , Lakers star, made headlines this week when he spoke out about Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner.
James asked reporters why they didn’t ask him about a 1957 photograph of Jones showing him with six Black students near a group blocking the North Little Rock High School’s path.
“I got one question for you guys before you guys leave. I was thinking when I was on my way over here, I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo,” James said. “But when the Kyrie [Irving] thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that.”
Jones was interviewed about James’ comments during this Friday’s 105.3 The Fan appearance.
Jones used his air time to praise James’ accomplishments – both on and off the court.
“Well, first of all, you have to hear me say how much I think of LeBron,” Jones said. “I don’t know of anybody I respect any more. I don’t know of anybody that has taken every opportunity he’s had and maximized it. He not only is an absolute great ambassador for sport. He has taken sports, he’s taken his venues and used those platforms. I want to be sure that you know where I’m coming from. It made buttons pop off my vest, so to speak, when he would talk about how much of a Cowboy fan he was. He would have made a great tight end. And that doesn’t change. There’s nothing about any of that that changes. And I did hear what he had to say.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked today on @1053thefan about LeBron James' critique of media coverage toward a 1957 photo that shows Jones watching as white students impeded Black students from entering North Little Rock High School.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 2, 2022
Jones wisely took the high road.
James did not completely discredit Jones during his press conference this week. He seemed more upset about the double standard in sports.