Coach Barry Switzer Deftly Trolls Trump Tower Media Circus

I make it a policy to scorn anyone who has had significant involvement with the Dallas Cowboys, but trolling the media so skillfully almost makes me like Barry Switzer.


The former Dallas Cowboys and University of Oklahoma head coach visited Trump Tower on December 7 and tried to make some fake news about his future working in the Trump administration. It turns out he was just there for a cup of Starbucks.

On December 7, a pool report said Switzer arrived at Trump Tower. Switzer told media he was meeting with Trump, went up the elevators and came back down later. He said the meeting went well and joked that he could become “Secretary of Offense.”

Apparently, none of this actually happened. Switzer told Dawsey that he was simply shopping in New York and, on a whim, decided to visit Trump Tower. He went up the elevators and got coffee instead of meeting with the president elect.

Switzer’s antics were reported in a Politico piece about the parade of visitors the President-elect has been receiving in New York City.

Some of Trump’s longtime acquaintances have even had some fun with the spectacle, as reporters and gawkers camped out in the lobby of Trump Tower watch every move of the president-elect’s visitors.

Media widely reported Trump met with Barry Switzer, the former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach who has known Trump for decades. But Switzer said he was shopping with his wife and daughter on Fifth Avenue and decided to walk into the Trump Tower lobby after seeing the Naked Cowboy. He had no meeting scheduled.

“All the media people said, ‘Coach what are you doing here,'” Switzer said in an interview. “I told them I was here to see the president like everyone else.”

Switzer said he instead went upstairs in Trump Tower, bought a coffee at Starbucks and came back downstairs.

“I told the reporters I had a great visit, and that we were going to make the wishbone great again,” he said. “I told them I was going to be Secretary of Offense and that Trump knew how to run the ball down the field.”

“Then I went back to my hotel and laughed my ass off,” he said, still laughing this week. “It went everywhere. Everyone believed it. I had all these calls, but I was just jerking people around.”


Ok, coach, calm down. It was funny, but not THAT funny. I mean, it’s still not as funny as you blowing a game by running the same play on fourth and one twice in a row.





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