Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reached out to Saints coach Sean Payton shortly after he received a season-long NFL suspension for his role in the bounty investigation.
He visited with him in Dallas and then visited with him when Payton arrived at the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach.
Jones calls Payton, who was a former Cowboys offensive coordinator, a good friend and wanted to show him some love although he understands and respects the NFL decision.
Jones said he feels for Payton, owner Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis, who was suspended for six games as well as the fans of the New Orleans. He said he feels terrible for Saints fans who have been through a lot over the years.
“I just wanted to as a friend, as a real friend, I just wanted to give him a little love in whatever way you want to call it,” Jones said. “I understand the need. I support the commissioner and what we are doing. I understand it. But I feel really bad for him and Mickey (Loomis) and Tom (Benson). I feel bad for them. It means so much to the fans of New Orleans. I feel bad for New Orleans. I have a very soft spot for them. When they are not yelling for the Saints most of them are yelling for the Cowboys.
“I feel terrible for the fans of New Orleans,” Jones continued. “But it is what it is. The fans of New Orleans and New Orleans have had to take it on the chin a lot. If anybody can handle this they can. It still doesn’t make it any easier. I feel terrible for them.”