Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, issued an apology for his height-Shaming slur
Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys issued an apology Tuesday for using a pejorative phrase to characterise little people when he paid respect to a club executive who had recently died.
During a conversation about former Cowboys scouting director Larry Lacewell, who was instrumental in Dallas’ run to three Super Bowl championships in the 1990s, Jones referred to Lacewell by the word.
Lacewell, 85, died in May.
“Earlier today I made a reference which I understand may have been viewed as offensive. I apologize” Jones issued an apology in a message Tuesday
At the Cowboys training camp in California, Jones said Lacewell was always a popular person who attracted attention whenever he spoke to the media or addressed the media.
“I’m going to get me somebody, a (M-word), to stand up there with me and dress him up like Lace and think Lace is still out here helping at practice with us,” Jones said. “But here it is to Lace―really, and I’m serious about that.”
Jones used the term “m word,” which advocacy group Little People of America says should never be used as “considered a derogatory slur.”
People who are short in stature or have dwarfism, the organisation says, prefer to be called by their given name. “The dwarfism community has voiced that they prefer to be referred to as dwarfs, little people, people of short stature or having dwarfism, or simply, and most preferably, by their given name,” the organisation says.