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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 5: Cowboys Deny SI Report Of Jones Walk Out
Published March 16, 2011
THE ORIGINAL REPORT: SI's Trotter in the original report notes on March 2, for the "first time in 13 meetings" with Cohen, the 10 owners on the NFL's labor committee were "sitting across the negotiating table from the players on the union's executive committee." Several players in that meeting recount Jones saying, "I don't think we've got your attention. You clearly don't understand what we're saying, and we're not hearing what you're saying. So I guess we're going to have to show you to get your attention." Jones then "tapped his fists together for emphasis -- the players interpreted it as a sign that a lockout was coming -- then stood and walked toward the door." As he reached the end of the table, Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson, "another labor hawk, began to rise, but Robert Kraft of the Patriots, who was sitting next to him, put a hand on Richardson's forearm and kept him from going." Trotter notes if Jones' "intention was to intimidate the players, he failed." One player said, "I think everybody in the room thought it was overly dramatic, almost hilarious. It was like a Jerry Maguire moment. You know, 'I'm leaving. Who's coming with me?' I know it didn't scare any of us" (SI, 3/21 issue).