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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones responds to LeBron James, who didn’t like white people as a teenager, after the Lakers star brings up a 1957 photo of Jones in a mob protesting the integration of a Little Rock high school.

“Well, first of all, you have to hear me say how much I think of LeBron,” said Jones during a recent radio appearance. “I don’t know of anybody I respect any more. I don’t know of anybody that has taken every opportunity he’s had and maximized it. He not only is an absolute great ambassador for sport. He has taken sports, he’s taken his venues and used those platforms. I want to be sure that you know where I’m coming from. It made buttons pop off my vest, so to speak, when he would talk about how much of a Cowboy fan he was. He would have made a great tight end. And that doesn’t change. There’s nothing about any of that that changes. And I did hear what he had to say.”

Jones was then pressed a bit for a more direct response regarding the comments.

“Excuse me,” he said. “I’ve just given them to you there. Certainly, he has influence just because of all of the above: his accomplishments, how he’s utilized his sport, how he’s utilized his platform, how we have done it. He has enhanced basketball. He’s made a lot of people a lot of money. I hope I have, too.”