Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will NOT be fined for dressing up as a BLIND referee for Halloween


Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, 80, will NOT be fined by the NFL for dressing up as a BLIND referee for Halloween despite league rules barring public criticism of officiating

  • 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 
  • An NFL spokesman told DailyMail.com that Jones isn’t likely to be punished 
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Jerry Jones will not be punished by the NFL over his ‘blind ref’ Halloween costume, despite league rules forbidding team personnel from criticizing officials. 

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.’

On Wednesday, an NFL spokesman told DailyMail.com that Jones is not expected to be punished.  

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

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, said he believed the NFL would have a sense of humor over the costume. 

‘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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