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Former Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper responds to owner Jerry Jones’ criticism

California’s OXNARD – In response to team owner Jerry Jones kicking off 2022, former Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper is making one final jab at 2021.

“No, what comments?” From his new residence at the Cleveland Browns training camp, Amari Cooper stated this week.

Amari Cooper later clarified his departure from Dallas in a one-on-one interview with cleveland.com, focusing especially on his decision to forgo getting vaccinated during the 2021 season, which did not improve the Cowboys’ opinion of him.

“I wouldn’t say it was me marching to my own drum. At the end of the day, I do understand that football is a team sport. But it was such an unprecedented type of moment in the NFL’s history for the decision to be made about putting something that not many people — not anybody knew — the effects of it, into your body,” Cooper said.

“For reasons that I don’t really want to discuss, I wasn’t really able to do it.”

In addition to trading away Amari Cooper this offseason, the Cowboys also released offensive tackle La’el Collins and defensive end, Randy Gregory.

“We lost some key players,” Jones acknowledged at his team’s “State of the Union” press conference in Oxnard. “But it was our decision to lose them.”

Jones emphasized that position by pointing out that the three players were among the team’s top-10 earners. He basically claimed that Collins, Gregory, and Cooper didn’t deliver a manageable return on investment.

“Those decisions were based more on availability than ability. It had everything to do with it. When you’re talking about top-10 money and you get around to half-ass availability … I’m not talking Pig Latin here. I wanna be straight. I love those players personally. But the No. 1 thing you’ve got to do as a player to help us win football games is availability,” Jones said.

Gregory started 11 of Dallas’ 17 games before getting knocked down with a calf injury late in the season. Collins violated the league’s substance abuse policy and received a five-game suspension. Amari Cooper, who was unvaccinated, missed two games in the latter part of the season due to COVID-19, and the team’s management found his lack of effort during the team’s playoff loss to be “troubling”

“I think we are in better shape to win a title this year than we were last year,” Jones continued. 

Prior to a heartbreakingly disappointing Wild Card defeat to the San Francisco 49ers, which some in the organization believe was mostly due to Amari Cooper’s lack of effort, the Cowboys concluded last season 12-5 and won the NFC East.

“It’s like freedom of speech. You have the freedom to say whatever you want, but it doesn’t mean you won’t be scrutinized or talked badly about for expressing those thoughts,” Amari Cooper said.

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