Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was fingered as a symbol of the perceived disrespect of the owners by the players when he was accused of trying to intimidate the players and walking out of a mediation session two weeks ago.
Jones talked about the issue for the first time last night at a reception to open the NFL owners meetings in New Orleans. He doesn't deny making gestures with his hands because that's how he talks nor walking away.
But Jones said the sources who reported his actions to Sports Illustrated for a story published last week had their timing wrong.
He said he didn't up and walk away until at least 15 minutes after he finished talking. So there was no truth to the report that he challenged the players and then walked out.
Furthermore,Jones said he never left the room. He said walked down to talk someone and stood for the remainder of the mediation session.
He said it's unfortunate that it was perceived that way because that wasn't his intention.
Jones declined to talk about the arrest of cornerback Bryan McCann early Saturday morning in Dallas for public intoxication.
Jones also said the meetings over the next two days will be streamlined compared to the past because of the NFL lockout. He said owners would be briefed on the state of negotiations,but there was not much they could do.