OK, Jerry Jones. You’re making things awkward.
Jones offered a head-scratching take on Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s marriage earlier this week, saying the New England Patriots quarterback “went up in my eyes 100 percent” when he married the popular supermodel. The Dallas Cowboys owner doubled-down Friday on KRLD-FM in Dallas, referencing actor Richard Burton and actress Elizabeth Taylor in explaining his unusual stance.
“I can remember when they would talk about Richard and you’d say, ‘I don’t know about Richard Burton, but anybody good enough to be married to Elizabeth Taylor has got to be all right,’ ” Jones said. “Elizabeth Taylor made her life wanting people to say she was pretty. … When you talked about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, you talked about how pretty she was. Nobody thought that you were being disrespectful of women or the workplace.
“Well, Tom just happens to be married to a lady that’s absolutely one of the premier people in the world of working and making people say she’s beautiful. Do you agree with me? That’s what they do. They get up in the morning and go to bed at night having people say she’s beautiful. So a lot of people when they talk about Tom Brady, they talk about how beautiful she is.”
To be fair, Jones’ previous comments — “She’s very, very attractive, and it shows what an outstanding individual Tom is,” Jones also said earlier this week — weren’t all that malicious. Plus, Jones was responding to a question about Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy saying he hopes Bundchen attends Sunday’s Patriots-Cowboys showdown in Big D, so it’s not like his comments were unprompted.
But Jones definitely sounded like a creepy old guy. And Friday’s explanation did little to help his cause.
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