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6/3/09

Cowboys roof collapse now has ties to Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There's now a Lubbock connection to last month's roof collapse of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility which left 12 people injured.

Text messages from Irving officials after the collapse reveal concerns about the structure's quality. The Dallas Morning News obtained those messages through an open records request. They suggest the team "pushes" things through and receives favored treatment.

The text messages include those from former interim city manager of Lubbock Tommy Gonzalez. He is now the city manager in Irving. Gonzalez referred to the facility as "a big ole tent" that "probably never was structurally sound enough" to hold up against straight-line winds.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has declined comment.

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