Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has allegedly paid nearly $3 million in a form of “child support” for the woman claiming to be his daughter since 1995.
The hot water around Jerry Jones isn’t cooling down after a friend of Jones told ESPN he facilitated “child support” payments for Alexandra Davis from Jones beginning in 1995.
“On numerous occasions, I have made payments on behalf of Mr. Jones to Cindy and Alex Davis,” Don Jack said in a statement.
According to Jack, Jones paid a lump sum of $370,000 and then monthly payments until Davis turned 21 which “ultimately totaled over $2 million.” The agreement allegedly struck between Jones and Davis’ mother also includes additional lump sum payments when Alexandra turns 26 and 28 years old. She is 25 years old currently.
There are many more details about the payments Jones allegedly made, including four years of tuition at SMU and trips abroad.
Put all of it together and it backs up Davis’ claim that Jones is her biological father. She has filed a paternity lawsuit meant to void an agreement to remain silent about her parentage, which she says she could not consent to as a one-year-old at the time.
Jerry Jones claims paternity suit is a money grab, it’s definitely a distraction
Jones’ side has aggressively claimed this is a cash grab, alleging Davis asked for $20 million to stay quiet. Jones’ spokesman Jim Wilkinson claims Davis’ lawyer told them, “If you want this just to go away, it’s going to cost you Zeke or Dak money.”
Davis’ lawyer, Andrew A. Bergman, denies ever making that statement.
Why does any of this matter? Aside from the financial implications for Jones, it’s representative of the whirlwind around the Cowboys‘ owner. It’s hard enough to put together a successful football team without having to deal with million-dollar distractions.
Jones isn’t just the owner, he’s the GM. He has real football responsibilities to deal with. Instead, the headlines around the team have to do with a paternity lawsuit. It’s just not a good look for Jones or the organization he represents.