Jerry Jones lawyer reveals new details about Cowboys GM paternity case
Thusday, ESPN lead writer Don Van Natta Jr. revealed new details obtained about the Jerry Jones paternity case. If you missed the original report, in early March, a woman named Alexandra Davis filed a lawsuit against the Dallas Cowboys owner, claiming Jones was her biological father. In the trial, Davis claims her mother was paid by Jones to hide the truth about Jones being the father of her child.
In 1996, when Davis was one year old, Jones reportedly paid her mother $375,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement that would keep the truth a secret. Davis said she filed the lawsuit in order to be released from the confidentiality agreement. There are several more details about the case in our original article on the subject.
Now, Jones’ attorney, Don Jack, claims the Cowboys owner has already paid Davis more than $3 million since the original deal in 1996. That $3 million included his full tuition at SMU, a $70,000 Range Rover for his 16th birthday, $24,000 for Davis to take on an overseas trip after graduating from college, $25,000 for Davis and his mother to take a Christmas vacation in Paris, and Moreover. Jack, a Little Rock, Arkansas attorney, said he made those payments on Jones’ behalf. Here is Jack’s statement:
“On numerous occasions I have made payments on behalf of Mr. Jones to Cindy and Alex Davis. A longtime friend of Jones, Jack said he entered into an agreement on behalf of Jones with Spencer Davis in 1995 , paying her $375,000 and providing “monthly child support payments that ultimately totaled more than $2 million.”
New details emerge in paternity lawsuit against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
Jones and her attorney have yet to say that Davis is her biological daughter. When Jack was asked why the term “child support” was used, Jack replied that it was because that was how it was labeled in the statement. He was then, of course, asked if the “child support” involved Jones being his father, and Jack replied, “I’m not going to answer that one. My statement speaks for itself. Lots of words are going around, but in the end, neither Jones nor his lawyer used verbiage to suggest he is Davis’ father.
Jack also alleges that a deal was struck that created two trusts that saw Davis and his mother receive more than $1.3 million over the past 25 years. When asked to release a copy of said agreement, Jack refused.
As mentioned, Davis claims his only motive in this case was to get out of the confidentiality agreement and be able to reveal that Jones is his father. Jack said he thought his motives weren’t so innocent. Jones calls what Davis is doing “extortion.” A meeting between Jack, Davis and his mother in a steakhouse several years ago may explain this state of mind. During that meeting, Jack alleges that Davis read her a letter that “expressed her displeasure with what she received and demanded $20 million” from the Cowboys owner.
There is no proof of the letter. Davis’ attorney, Andrew Bergman, also says there is no evidence of additional payments beyond the original one made in the 1990s. Bergman said that even though his client was paid millions, it didn’t make Jones a good father and it certainly didn’t make her an extortionist.
Jim Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Cowboys general manager, said in an initial meeting with Bergman, Bergman said, “If you want this gone, it’s going to cost you Zeke or Dak money.” Bergman vehemently denies this allegation and continues to say that all Davis wants is to establish parentage.
“The facts clearly show that millions of dollars were paid, and on top of that a $20 million shakedown attempt was made. I think that speaks for itself as to the motives. There is no never had a discussion about a non-monetary resolution. Money was always part of the deal,” Wilkinson said.
As with any court case, there are two sides to every story. But these new details revealed in ESPN’s article certainly paint a different picture for the two sides in the lawsuit.