After a terrible, missed defensive pass interference call that benefited the Cowboys, the conspiracy theorists that think the NFL is fixed were out in full force. But, during the offseason, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' son, Stephen, partied with head of officiating Dean Blandino on the team's bus.
TMZ posted a video of the two partying back in August on the Cowboys team bus with a bunch of women. By the looks of it, it looks like Blandino definitely enjoyed his time partying.
NFL executives were pissed off about this interaction and let it known that they didn't appreciate it one bit. Here are the following responses gathered from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
"That's definitely Dean," said an official with one club... "Is the league trying to tell you it's not him? What is the league telling you guys about it? That looks horrible. I can't think of another owner in the league who wouldn't be pissed off after seeing that."
"So, should I have my owner take him to a strip club when he visits us?" asked one team official, hypothetically. "Is that how it works? We like Dean a lot, but let me tell you, if that was him out with (the owner of a rival of the club this official works for), my owner would be going nuts. This just can't happen.
"It's total hypocrisy. This is a league where some people are above the law, but if you are a coach or a player or a low-level team employee, look out -- they'll throw the book at you. They take away your pension. I'll give Stephen credit, at least they took a bus. (Colts owner Jim) Irsay should have got a bus a long time ago. Have they gotten around to disciplining him yet?"
" There shouldn't be any situation like this going on that could cloud his judgment. How is this protecting the shield? The league loves to throw that term around when it applies to players. So how is this not an issue now?"
This video is definitely going to get the conspiracy theories flowing, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with thinking this is fishy.