I caught up with Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones at the Mavs game last night and tried to ask him about the rumors and speculation regarding his stance on the Terrell Owens controversy.
According to a recent report, Jones was expected to lobby his dad/owner Jerry Jones to ship Owens out of Dallas.
Asked about his role in the looming Owens' decision, Jones said "no comment."
Now Jones should be savvy enough to know that a "no comment" often gives one the assumption the question at hand is true and the person doesn't want to talk about it. If it wasn't true the person would simply say so.
Could Jones' "no comment" mean that he just doesn't want to talk about the Owens situation, considering that a gag order has been issued at the Cowboys' Valley Ranch headquarters?
But he also could easily shoot down a false report that has him fingered as the guy who will help usher Owens out the door without betraying anybody's trust.
And of course there's the little matter of the recent blog by Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports from the Pro Bowl where he says Jerry Jones has had several players over at his Highland Park home in recent days trying to see if the Owens situation can be worked out internally.
The only problem I have with Cole's report is that "sources" at the Pro Bowl also told him that Owens refuses to talk to other members of the offense in the huddle, in the lockerroom and at team functions.
Considering who is at the Pro Bowl _ tight end Jason Witten, center Andre Gurode, tackle Flozell Adams and linebacker DeMarcus Ware _ it's not hard to connect the dots who one of the sources might be.
The problem with that opinion the Owens doesn't talk to members off the offense is his seemingly good relationships with receivers Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton and running back Marion Barber.
It's also true that Gurode was one of the players in Owens' corner during the snitch controversy toward the end of the season, according to my sources.
There is no question that Owens is having a problem with Witten and quarterback Tony Romo. But the notion that he doesn't talk to other players on offense is not true.
With Owens it's always something.
One school of thought says the Cowboys need to get rid of Owens because he's a bad influence on Williams, Crayton and Barber.
Now we have a report from sources at the Pro Bowl that the Cowboys need to get rid of Owens because he doesn't talk to other players on offense.
It can't be both.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.