IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 14: Fullback Deon Anderson #34 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his touchdown in front of Antonio Pierce #58 of the New York Giants in the fourth quarter at Texas Stadium on December 14, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke for the first time last weekend on the charges against fullback Deon Anderson, who was arrested on the misdemeanor charge of deadly conduct after an incident at an Addison restaurant and bar on Tuesday of last week. Jones, speaking from the felicitous goings-on in Canton last Saturday, said any judgment on his part would have to wait until more information is revealed, but that he understood the seriousness of the charge.
"Again, I'm still getting the information," Jones said. "I hadn't thought about that type of meeting. I'm very sure I understand the circumstances behind it, but I hadn't gone beyond that in my thinking."
According to the police report, Anderson was brandishing a gun in the parking lot when several off-duty police officers became aware of the stir. The complainant in the case, a valet at the restaurant, said that Anderson brought the gun from his car and threatened him with it. When police arrived on the scene, they found a gun in some nearby bushes.
The 27-year-old was eventually arrested on traffic warrants from Irving, and his brother, Devon, was arrested for public intoxication.
In a recent conversation with ESPNDallas.com, Anderson said his car wouldn't start after he used the valet service, and he only wanted to know why; he insisted, however, that he didn't get physical, or use foul language.
Whatever the case, any league- or team-mandated punishment will have to wait until the details of the incident are known further.
"It does involve a legal matter," Jones said. "It involves league jurisdiction as well as club jurisdiction."