After much chest-puffing and loud talking, Jerry Jones has announced that he won’t be suing the NFL after all. You may recall it was only last week that the Dallas Cowboys owner hired specific legal counsel with plans to sue over the planned contract extension of league commissioner Roger Goodell.
The New York Times reports that Jones sent a letter to Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who is also the head of he compensation committee that will decide Goodell’s next contract, explaining his actions. He alleges that the threat to sue was only made because he felt that the rest of the NFL owners (that is, those NOT on the compensation committee) weren’t going to be given a chance to give any input on Goodell’s new contract.
…Jones said that he had threatened to sue because he did not feel the committee understood his demand that all owners — not just those on the committee — have “a voice in approving the terms” of Goodell’s contract extension.
Now that the compensation committee “is receiving valuable feedback from a number of owners,” Jones said, he is “standing down from my threat of litigation against the committee.”
Many fans thought Jones was just trying to flex his muscles because he was angry about the six-game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, but he insists that isn’t the case.
“This is not about replacing Roger,” Jones said to Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “It’s a misnomer to say it’s payback for Ezekiel Elliott. It is about the accountability of the commissioner to all of the ownership.”
It should be noted that the owners already voted to renew Goodell’s contract back in May, and formed the compensation committee to work out the details. Jones is not a part of that committee, but clearly wants more input on the process of renewing the commissioner’s contract.
Most owner spats like this get resolved behind closed doors instead of being fought in public, so it’s kind of hilarious to watch billionaires send each other sternly worded letters like they aren’t immediately dismissed and thrown in the trash. The owners are scheduled to meet on December 13 to discuss Goodell’s potential extension, so it will be interesting to see how Jones (and everyone else) feels after that.