Jerry Jones responds to LeBron James’ call from old desegregation photo

Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones talks with then Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James on September 7, 2008 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones talks with then Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James on September 7, 2008 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. (Getty Images)

FRISCO, Texas — LeBron James this week wondered why he wasn’t asked about a 65-year-old photo of Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones.

At the age of 14, Jones attended a desegregation demonstration at his high school in Arkansas in 1957.

Jones, in response on Friday, praised James at length.

“First of all, you need to hear me say how much I think about LeBron,” Jones said during his regularly scheduled radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “I don’t know anyone I respect more. I don’t know anyone who has taken every opportunity they’ve had and maximized it [has he been] a great ambassador for sports, he’s taken sports, he’s taken his venues and used those platforms.

Jones remembered how much it meant to him when James supported the Cowboys. The team owner once offered the NBA a contract to play tight end for Dallas.

“I want to make sure you know where I’m 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 have made a great tight end. That won’t change. Nothing changes. And I heard what he had to say.

“Certainly he has influence, and if only because of all of the above. His achievements, how he has used his sport and how he has used his platform. How we did it. He improved basketball, he made a lot of people a lot of money. I hope I have too.”

For more context on Jones’ photo, Yahoo Sports broke it down here.

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