Jerry Jones lawyer reveals new details about Cowboys GM’s paternity lawsuit

Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /

On Thursday, ESPN senior writer Don Van Natta Jr. revealed some 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 that Jones was her biological father. In the lawsuit, Davis claims her mother was paid by Jones to conceal the truth about Jones being the father of her child.

In 1996, when Davis was one year old, Jones allegedly paid her mother $375,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement that would keep the truth a secret. Davis said she filed the suit in order to be released from the confidentiality agreement. There are several more details about the case in our original article about the topic.

Now, Jones’s lawyer, Don Jack, is claiming that the Cowboys owner has already paid Davis over $3 million since the original agreement in 1996. Included in this $3 million was her full tuition at SMU, a $70,000 Range Rover on her 16th birthday, $24,000 for Davis to take a trip abroad after she graduated from college, $25,000 for Davis and her mother to take a Christmas vacation in Paris, and more. Jack, a lawyer in Little Rock, Arkansas, said that he delivered these payments on behalf of Jones. Here is the statement from Jack:

"“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 struck an agreement on Jones’ behalf with Spencer Davis in 1995, paying her $375,000 and providing “for monthly payments for child support which ultimately totaled over $2 million.”"

New details emerge about the paternity lawsuit against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

Jones and his lawyer have yet to say that Davis is his biological daughter. When Jack was asked why the term “child support” was used, Jack said it’s because that’s how it’s labeled in the statement. He was then, of course, asked if “child support” implies that Jones is her father, and Jack said, “I am not going to answer that one. My statement speaks for itself.” A lot of word spinning happening, but at the end of the day, neither Jones nor his lawyer have used verbiage to suggest he is Davis’s father.

Jack also alleges that there was an agreement made that set up two trusts that allowed both Davis and her mother to receive over $1.3 million over the past 25 years. When asked to release a copy of the said agreement, Jack declined.

As mentioned, Davis claims her only motive for this case was to get out of the confidentiality agreement and be able to reveal that Jones is her father. Jack said he feels her motives were not so innocent. Jones is calling what Davis is doing “extortion.” A meeting between Jack, Davis, and her mother at a steakhouse several years ago may explain that mindset. In that meet-up, Jack alleges that Davis read him a letter that “expressed her dissatisfaction with what she has received and sought $20 million” from the Cowboys owner.

There is no proof of the letter. Davis’s lawyer, Andrew Bergman, also claims there is no evidence of the additional payments beyond the original one made in the 1990s. Bergman said that even if 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 spokesperson for the Cowboys GM, said during an initial meeting with Bergman, Bergman said, “If you want this just to go away, it’s going to cost you Zeke or Dak money.” Bergman vehemently denies this allegation and continues to say that all Davis wants from this is to establish parentage.

“The facts clearly show that millions of dollars have been paid, and on top of that, a $20 million shakedown attempt was made. I think this speaks for itself as to the motives. There was never a discussion about a nonmonetary resolution. Money was always part of the deal,” Wilkinson said.

As with any legal case, there are two sides to every story. But these new details revealed in the ESPN article certainly paint a different picture for both parties in the lawsuit.

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