Anderson's future remains unclear

Updated: February 6, 2010, 10:24 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones didn't sound eager to speak with starting fullback Deon Anderson regarding his misdemeanor charge of deadly conduct, after the player allegedly threatened a restaurant employee with a gun during a dispute early Tuesday.

Jones, attending the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies Saturday in which former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith was selected for induction, said he's still looking into the incident.

"Again, I'm still getting the information," Jones said. "I hadn't thought about that type of meeting. I'm very sure I understand the circumstances behind it, but I hadn't gone beyond that in my thinking."

According to the Addison, Texas, police report, off-duty police officers working at the BlackFinn restaurant early Tuesday were alerted that a man was in the parking lot with a gun. The arrest affidavit stated the restaurant's parking valet, who filed a criminal complaint, said Anderson retrieved a handgun from the car and threatened him with it.

Police who were called to the scene retrieved a gun from the shrubs and discovered that it was loaded, with a round chambered. It was one of two weapons confiscated at the scene, and Anderson's car was impounded due to the arrest.

Anderson, 27, faces a sentence of up to a year in jail and a fine up to $4,000 for the misdemeanor deadly conduct charge.

After police responded to the scene, Anderson was arrested on traffic warrants issued by the city of Irving, according to the report. He was booked into the Addison jail Tuesday morning and transferred to an Irving facility. He was later released after posting bond.

On Tuesday, Anderson told ESPN Dallas that his car wouldn't start after he used valet parking and wanted to know why. Anderson said he didn't put his hands on anybody or use profanity.

Anderson's future with the team remains unclear. Jones could allow the league to discipline Anderson, much like it did with former cornerback Pacman Jones when he was suspended four games for violating the NFL conduct policy for getting into a fight with his body guard.

"It does involve a legal matter," Jones said regarding Anderson's future. "It involves league jurisdiction as well as club jurisdiction."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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