FRISCO, Texas — LeBron James questioned this week why he wasn’t asked about a 65-year-old photo of Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones.
At 14 years old, Jones attended a 1957 desegregation demonstration at his high school in Arkansas.
Jones, in response on Friday, praised James at length.
"First of all, you have to hear me say how much I think of LeBron,” Jones said during his regularly scheduled radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “I don’t know of anybody that I respect more. I don’t know of anybody that has taken every opportunity he’s had and maximized it. Not only [has he been] a great ambassador for sport, he has taken sports, he has taken his venues, and used those platforms.”
Jones recalled how much it has meant to him when James supported the Cowboys. The team owner once offered the NBA star a contract to play tight end for Dallas.
“I want to be sure that you know where I’m coming from,” Jones said. “It made buttons pop off my vest, so to speak, when he would talk about how much of a Cowboy fan he was. He would've made a great tight end. That doesn't change. There's nothing about any of that that changes. And I did hear what he had to say.
“Certainly, he has influence, and just because of all of the above. His accomplishments, how he's utilized his sport and how he’s utilized his platform. How we have done it. He has enhanced basketball, he's made a lot of people a lot of money. I hope I have too."
For more context on the photo of Jones, Yahoo Sports broke it down here.