A clip of a brief sideline interaction between Jerry Jones and Tony Romo late in Sunday’s loss has turned into viral video.
The clip shows Jones grabbing Romo by the right shoulder as the quarterback walked down the sideline after his third interception. Romo turns slightly toward Jones before ripping his arm away and continuing to walk.
It could have simply been an animate gesture by a frustated quarterback who had just blown a 24-point lead. However, many perceived it as Romo snubbing the owner.
“No, that’s ridiculous. Not at all,” Jones said during his Tuesday appearance on KRLD-FM. “All I was doing on the sideline was hollering at the offense, ‘We’re going to get it back and when we get it back, let’s win the game.’ Nothing like that.”
Jones said he often goes to the sideline late in games to “basically encourage the players” and sees no problem with that, although other owners rarely stray from their luxury suites.
“I was going down there when we won three world championships, so I know it works,” Jones said, tongue partially in cheek. “Now, let’s smile about it a little bit, OK. Do we really think it impacts the outcome on the football field? I don’t know that.
“Now I’ve been down there for almost entire games before. I do feel like I need to be down there on occasion. I want to get a sense for where the karma is, I get to get a sense for the attitude of the players on the sideline, just the body language, just the passion that’s involved, who’s in the game, who’s gummed up, just the basic situation on the sideline. You need to know that if you’re making the personnel decisions.”