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Former Cowboy: Garrett and Romo in Jones' suite sends wrong message

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

A lot of laughs in Jerry Jones' suite during the NCAA championship game. (USATSI)
A lot of laughs in Jerry Jones' suite during the NCAA championship game. (Twitter)

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On Monday night, like most sports fans, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo watched UConn and Kentucky battle in the NCAA Tournament championship game. Unlike the rest of us, however, Romo got to take it all in from one of the best vantage points in AT&T Stadium: Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones' luxury suite. And by the looks of it, everybody -- former U.S. Presidents, professional sports team owners, coaches and players -- had a swell time.

It all seems innocuous enough because it's hard to imagine many things more harmless than Romo and Jason Witten.

And yet, someone had a problem with it. Specifically, former Cowboys defensive lineman Marcus Spears, who tweeted this Monday night: "Wonder if any other players get invited to these events off the cowboys team! Sends the wrong message to me."

Eh, the wrong message is letting the owner serve as general manager while the team wallows in mediocrity year after year. Being the face of the franchise, even one that goes 8-8 three seasons in a row, comes with perks.

Spears, who played eight seasons for the Cowboys and was with the Ravens last season, recently joined the SEC Network. He attended LSU where he played for Nick Saban, and Bill Parcells was his first NFL coach.

"You understand in this league that your star players are going to have things come their way that most guys don't," Spears told 105.3 The Fan Tuesday morning. ... "I've had opportunities that some guys didn't have ... The team aspect has always been first to me. That's just the bottom line. I don't know if it sends the right message when your head coach is hanging out with one particular guy."

Let's be honest: Jason Garrett probably showed up to make sure no one was talking about him within earshot of Jones. Spears, meanwhile, was just getting warmed up.

"When you have that type of situation in the locker room, possibly it causes problems. That was my point. It wasn't to make anybody look bad or say Jerry is doing something wrong or anything like that. I just wondered if any of the other guys felt like they should be there or if they ever were invited to any other events. ... When you're building a team, when you've got a team concept -- as many young guys as the Cowboys have on the team right now -- I just felt like it would have been a good situation for all of them to try to get together and hang out and build that team camaraderie with the guys."

Huh. Wonder why we never hear anybody complaining about Bill Belichick and Tom Brady playing in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am while the rest of the Patriots players are left behind in Foxborough.

* image via @LostLettermen

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