Earlier this season, Jerry Jones confirmed that as long as he owns the team, he’s going to be the man in charge of personnel decisions. When you’ve had as many struggles as the Cowboys have in recent seasons — in the kind of sports media market that Dallas is — that’s probably not going to sit well with fans.
Dallas currently sits at 5-6, and coming off a Thanksgiving dismantling at the hands of Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, making the playoffs is looking bleak. If the Cowboys miss the postseason there could be hell to pay, but apparently those fans don’t want Jones to be the guy making those player changes — or having anything at all to do with the team, for that matter.
A Cowboys fan from Georgia was apparently so frustrated by the situation in Dallas that he decided to petition the President of the United States. The Whitehouse.gov petition has since been taken down (removed under the site’s “moderation policy”), but according to the Dallas Morning News, it originally read as follows:
“We, the Citizens of the Great State of Texas, and Dallas Cowboys fans worldwide, have been oppressed by an over controlling, delusional, oppressive dictator for way too long. Request the Executive Branch’s immediate assistance in removal of owner and GM, Jerry Jones. His incompetence and ego have not only been an extreme disappointment for way too long, but moreover, it has caused extreme mental and emotional duress.”
Although obviously there are some standards that need to be met, in theory anyone can create a petition on the White House’s website and, if it receives 25,000 online signatures, will be reviewed and receive an official response.
According to various reports, the Jerry Jones petition had about 4,000 signatures by the time it was removed.