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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones faces possible NFL fine over dressing up as a BLIND referee for Halloween

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, 80, faces a possible NFL fine over dressing up as a BLIND referee for Halloween… but any sanction from the ‘No Fun League’ will hardly dent his $16b fortune

  • Jerry Jones dressed as a blind NFL official for a recent Halloween party
  • The billionaire Cowboys owner had a striped shirt, whistle, and guide cane
  • His outfit, which was shared on Instagram, may have violated NFL conduct rules 
  • Jones could be fined, but his son, Stephen, hopes the NFL has a sense of humor
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  • Jerry Jones may have stumbled into the most expensive Halloween costume of the year by mocking NFL officials on Saturday.

    The billionaire Cowboys owner was pictured on Instagram dressed as a blind NFL referee with a striped shirt, whistle, and a guide cane.

    ‘Oh yeah, I had the cane and everything,’ Jones told Sports Illustrated. ‘And I used it on some people, too.’

    The billionaire Cowboys owner was pictured on Instagram dressed as a blind NFL referee with a striped shirt, whistle, and a guide cane

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a net worth of about $16 billion, according to Forbes

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a net worth of about $16 billion, according to Forbes

    While the outfit didn’t draw public criticism, it could result in a fine from the NFL, which has famously drawn a line when it comes to mocking officials.

    A 2019 league memo bans ‘comments regarding the quality of officiating, individual calls or missed calls, the League’s officiating department, an officiating crew, or an individual game official; [a]ccusing game officials of acting with bias or in any way questioning the integrity of NFL game officials; or [p]osting negative or derogatory/demeaning content pertaining to officiating on social media.’

    The image was posted on Instagram by Jones’ niece, Keri Chambers.  

    Traditionally mocked as the ‘No Fun League,’ the NFL has famously enforced its rules to the letter of the law by penalizing and fining players for perceived instances of poor sportsmanship.

    The blind referee is, of course, a well-worn trope among fans and athletes. In 1991, when Chicago Cubs star Andre Dawson was fined $500 for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Joe West, the outfielder wrote 'Donation for the blind' on the memo line

    The blind referee is, of course, a well-worn trope among fans and athletes. In 1991, when Chicago Cubs star Andre Dawson was fined $500 for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Joe West, the outfielder wrote ‘Donation for the blind’ on the memo line

    However, Jones’ son and Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones, wants the NFL to have a sense of humor in this case.

    ‘They have a very difficult job in real time,’ Stephen Jones told ‘The K&C Masterpiece’ Monday. ‘I do think they understand you can have some humor with this stuff, but I can’t imagine they don’t think there’s nothing but respect that comes out of the Cowboys organization in terms of how difficult their job is and what a good job they do, as well.’

    The Cowboys are currently 6-2 and recently got quarterback Dak Prescott from a hand injury.

    The NFL has not issued any statement on the costume.

    The blind referee is, of course, a well-worn trope among fans and athletes.

    In 1991, when Chicago Cubs star Andre Dawson was fined $500 for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Joe West, the outfielder wrote ‘Donation for the blind’ on the check’s memo line.

    Jason Kidd incurred a $20,000 fine from the NBA in 2006 when the New Jersey Nets star referred to a specific crew of officials as the ‘three blind mice’ following a game in Detroit. 

    Jason Kidd incurred a $20,000 fine in 2006 when the New Jersey Nets star referred to a specific crew of officials as the 'three blind mice' following a game in Detroit (pictured)

    Jason Kidd incurred a $20,000 fine in 2006 when the New Jersey Nets star referred to a specific crew of officials as the ‘three blind mice’ following a game in Detroit (pictured)

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