The longtime feud between Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones is alive and well.
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary that Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner, promised Johnson, the team’s former Super Bowl-winning head coach, a spot on the team’s ring of honor. Johnson’s response at the time: “While I’m alive?”
It seemed to represent a thawing in the friction the two have had since their bitter divorce after winning two Super Bowls together in the early ’90s.
However, Jones has seemingly been in no rush to bestow the honor upon his former Arkansas teammate. Earlier this week, the 79-year-old billionaire clapped back against those who were upset by the delay, asserting “There’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here.”
“I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well,” Jones told NBC Dallas/Fort Worth on Sunday. “And so how I do that, what I do it with, I get to make that decision. And it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.”
Johnson, 79, didn’t seem too upset by Jones’ harsh word choice.
“I had to look up that word in the dictionary,” Johnson quipped while responding to Jones’ statement on the Dan Le Batard Show Thursday. “I don’t know that I’ve ever sniveled. Do you ever remember me sniveling? No way.”
To snivel, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “to speak or act in a whining, sniffling, tearful, or weakly emotional manner.” While Johnson did have tears collecting in his eyes upon being accused of the act, they stemmed from laughing so hard.
When asked by Le Batard if he expects to see his name in Dallas’ ring of honor one day, Johnson said he “never can tell.”