It an understatement to say Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones caused a stir in the sports world Thursday.

An in-depth profile of Jones, written for ESPN and published Thursday afternoon, quoted Jones on a variety of incendiary topics – both from the present and the distant past. Those issues centered around the ongoing debate of whether Jones wanted to select rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL Draft this past May, Jones’ rocky relationship with former coach Jimmy Johnson and the implication that Jones broke NFL tampering rules in a telephone conversation with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.


For good measure, Jones also addressed the lingering question of what Josh Brent’s role would be with the Cowboys in 2014.

Ever since the Cowboys opted to select Zack Martin 16th overall in last spring’s draft, questions have persisted over whether Jones actually wanted to make that pick, or if he’d rather have Manziel.

In the story, Jones said “I get madder, every day” about not picking Manziel, the mercurial Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is given the lion’s share of the credit for the less-flashy selection of Martin – something Jerry Jones said he appreciates.

“Well, that was a little tongue in cheek with it, but I’m still mad at him,” he said. “I think I’m proud of that decision right now, and I’m proud I was a good listener.”