Jimmy Johnson: Jerry Jones 'comes across as a rich a--hole' in profile

Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones the day they split ways.
Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones the day they split ways. (USATSI)

If you haven't read it yet, you should definitely check out Don Van Natta's ESPN profile of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It's in-depth, compelling and worth your time. If you have read it, then you and Jimmy Johnson have something in common.

And Johnson, who declined comment for the story while it was in production, believes Jerry came off as a "rich asshole" during the feature, telling Bob West of the Port Arthur News his thoughts on his former boss.

"About like I expected," Johnson said. "Jerry comes across as a rich asshole."

Jones and Johnson won a pair of Super Bowl titles with the Cowboys together, flipping the team around quickly after Jones purchased the club. But their personalities couldn't thrive together and Jones ultimately grew tired of receiving no credit for the football moves. 

He called Johnson taking credit for football moves an act of "disloyalty."

"Disloyalty … I couldn't handle the disloyalty,"Jones said. "Whether it was right or not, by every measurement you can go, I had paid so many times a higher price to get to be there than he had paid, it was unbelievable."

As a result, Jones has no intention of putting Johnson in the Cowboys Ring of Honor, even though Johnson represents the best stretch of football for the Cowboys since Jones took over.

In recent years, the Cowboys have been a bastion of mediocrity, posting a 136-136 record since 1997 and 8-8 records each of the last three years. 

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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