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Jerry Jones Apologizes for Joke With Racial Overtones

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    Jerry Jones is apologizing Friday for racially insensitive comments he made in a video recorded four years ago that surfaced on Friday. (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017)

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized Friday for making a joke with racial overtones that was captured on video four years ago.

    The video surfaced Friday morning by The Blast.

    At the Melrose Hotel in Oak Lawn, Jones encountered a fan who was about to get married. The man, who is white, asked Jones if he would videotape a message for his fiancée.

    "Jennifer, congratulations on the wedding," Jones says in the video. "Now, you know he's with a black girl tonight, don't you?"

    Jerry Jones Apologizes for Joke with Racial Overtones

    [DFW] Jerry Jones Apologizes for Joke with Racial Overtones

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized Friday for making a joke with racial overtones that was captured on video four years ago. The video surfaced Friday morning by The Blast.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017)

    The camera then pans to show an African-American male, who's apparently laughing at Jones' comment.

    "That comment was inappropriate," Jones said in a statement issued by the club Friday afternoon. "It's not who I am, and I'm sorry."

    Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, who played five seasons with the Cowboys, defended Jones after the video was posted.

    "I refuse to allow a moment to turn into a monument regarding a man I have known for 20 years, not just as an owner, but as a friend," Sanders said in an e-mail. "I won't cast judgment on one moment when a joke went south, to capture who this man represents in a lifetime commitment of love and compassion to all ethnicities.

    "A joke that was intended to add humor at the request of a fan in a light-hearted moment was taken totally out of intent. I'm sorry we're in this state of mind as a country, but if you're looking for a racist, Jerry Jones is not that guy," Sanders said.

    The video became made public hours after a report from ESPN's Outside the Lines said Jones threatened to come after commissioner Roger Goodell upon learning the league had suspended Ezekiel Elliott for six-games.

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