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Jerry Jones calls ref ‘little darling’ after Jason Garrett penalty

Jason Garrett admitted his mistake, taking ownership of his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for abusive language. His team’s owner, Jerry Jones, didn’t seem to mind the flag when told the reason for it.

Instead, Jones took a shot at the official after the Cowboys coach was given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for what he said in throwing a challenge flag.

“Oh, I hope the little darling didn’t hear something he hadn’t heard before,” Jones said after the Cowboys’ 34-24 loss to the Packers. “We should all stop the wheel over that if he got [a penalty for] abusive language.”

In the final seconds of the third quarter, Amari Cooper made an acrobatic catch while staying in bounds. He was ruled out of bounds, though. Garrett was forced to use his final challenge of the game and didn’t like it.

“We had already challenged a potential pass interference earlier, [and] you know in that situation you have to use the flag to get the call corrected and you’re not going to have one for later in the game,” Garrett said. “Obviously, I didn’t handle that situation as well as I should have. I knew we were going to get the play because I saw it and unfortunately we had to use that flag there. And he made the decision to throw a flag on me.”

After the game, referee Ron Torbert told a pool reporter the flag was for “abusive language toward an official.” Jones probably would like to share a few words with him as well.

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