According to a source, the Cowboys, concerned that Jones has been raising his public profile a bit too much of late, put a stop to his appearance at a celebrity beach volleyball match last weekend, The (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram reported. Jones was expected to headline the event along with Dallas Mavericks forward Brandon Bass.
Team owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys want Jones to keep a low profile and focus on rebuilding his image on the field, according to the report.
"What we are doing is trying not to be as visible," he said, the newspaper reported. "It's in his best interest to keep that profile low."
Jones has taken part in a number of charitable events as he continues working to repair an image tarnished by numerous run-ins with the law and a suspension from the NFL for the 2007 season. Proceeds from the beach volleyball event he was scheduled to attend were also earmarked for charity.
Cowboys nose tackle Tank Johnson, who is one of Jones' closest friends on the team and himself a player who has run into trouble, said it's a situation that Jones has to deal with for now, according to the Star-Telegram.
"We are trying to protect each other from being in the wrong situation," Johnson said, according to the report. "They are trying to protect you. If Jerry [Jones] wants to protect us and he feels it's not in our best interest to be there … they are protecting you. As a little kid, you might throw a fit. As a grown man, you know it's in our best interest."
Jones leads the Cowboys with eight pass deflections and is eighth on the team in tackles with 15.