Cowboys NFL draftees include players with character concerns
Defense was the subject of the NFL Draft for the Dallas Cowboys.
But there were also a number of players who had to answer questions about character issues during their college days.
It started with linebacker Micah Parsons, the team’s first choice accused at Penn State of harassing.
Cornerback Kelvin Joseph, selected in the second round, moved to Kentucky after being banned from LSU for violating team rules prior to the 2019 Fiesta Bowl game against central Florida.
The most serious problems, however, revolved around the fight against Josh Ball, selected by Marshall in the fourth round.
Ball began his career in the state of Florida and was suspended after multiple allegations of domestic violence against a former girlfriend. However, no charges were ever brought against Ball.
In a 2018 affidavit, Ball’s ex-girlfriend described 11 cases of violence against her and others during their 18-month relationship. He was accused of beating her, throwing her to the ground, grabbing and pushing her on various occasions.
Ball’s ex-girlfriend sought a warrant and a joint resolution ordering Ball to stay away from her residence in Tallahassee and other places she visits.
Ball moved to Butler Community College before serving his last two seasons with Marshall.
He said the teams asked him about these incidents before drafting it.
“That is something in the past. It happened in the past, “said Ball.” The teams obviously asked about it. Since then, I’ve taken the time to grow as a person, to grow as a man.
“You have to be mentally careful who you keep in your inner circle, people you have around you. You really need to see their traits and who they are as people and just be careful who you let into your life. I’m ready to go to Dallas and get to work like I said. “
The cowboys did their homework on the ball and got away comfortably enough to feed it in on round four.
Vice President Stephen Jones said the cowboys had been studying ball extensively. They spoke to his teammates, former coaches and support staff. They also had a long talk with him about what happened.
The cowboys found that Ball was a team player who learned from his mistakes.
“These guys can be immature if they learn the ropes,” said Stephen Jones. “We felt comfortable with him. He is maturing and will do a great job for us. “
The Cowboys have been known to take risks for players with character risks and provide second chances to players who can help them win.
Owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys’ rating of Ball was no different from what they’ve done to a player with previous issues since buying the team in 1989. It was always about how they rate the person after their research.
“I believe in second chances,” said Jerry Jones. “I believe that people learn from their mistakes. That’s what part of the game is about. You get depressed and you get up again. This philosophy has proven itself very well here at Ball and everyone else we have designed. If that person has a really good opportunity to redeem some things in their life, then I have made up for it.
“I am very pleased with his background and what he can be as a representative of the Dallas Cowboys.”
For his part, Joseph brought up his problems with the cowboys. He said he publicly apologized to his LSU teammates for missing their bowl game and learned from his mistake.
Parsons was never charged with anything either. He said he was falsely accused.
“The truth always comes out and the cowboys did their job by looking into it,” Parsons said. “They know that I am a player and a person of high character. I will be a great addition to the team. I don’t think my husband is here [Jerry Jones] would invest in someone he couldn’t trust. I’m happy to be one of the people he trusts. “
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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has been reporting on the Dallas Cowboys since 1997 as a beatwriter / columnist for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches, and countless controversy from the demise of Dynasty teams in the 1990s to the roller coaster years of the Tony Romo era to Jason Garrett’s trial of cowboys.