Brian Chilson
Jerry Jones speaking at Catholic High in Little Rock in 2013.

On Wednesday, a judge in Dallas ruled that Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, will be required to take a paternity test to determine whether he’s the biological father of 27-year-old Alexandra Davis. Davis filed a lawsuit to establish paternity in 2022.

According to reports from The Dallas Morning News and ESPN, the original lawsuit claimed Jones met Davis’s mother, Cynthia Davis, in 1995 when she was employed by American Airlines as a ticket agent in Little Rock. The suit said Jones paid Cynthia Davis $375,000 in exchange for confidentiality, though Jones denied paternity. The suit also claimed that a Little Rock lawyer, Donald Jack, set up trusts for Davis and her mother.

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In the weeks following the lawsuit’s filing, Jack told ESPN that he made regular payments to Alexandra Davis on Jones’s behalf to the tune of $3 million, her full tuition at Southern Methodist University and a $70,000 Range Rover when she turned 16 years old.

Wednesday’s ruling upheld a judge’s order in December 2022 that required Jones to take the paternity test. Jones appealed, but Dallas County District Court Judge Sandra Jackson rejected the arguments made by Jones’s attorneys following a Feb. 19 hearing.

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Davis, an SMU graduate who has worked for U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), claimed defamation in a separate 2023 lawsuit against Jones, Jack and another Jones associate, asserting that they formulated a plan to portray her as an extortionist. A Texarkana, Texas, judge dismissed that lawsuit but said Davis could refile if she could prove Jones acted with malice.

Jones, 81, played football for the University of Arkansas and was a member of the 1964 national championship team. He bought the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 and has a net worth of $13.8 billion, according to Forbes.

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