What happens when the most powerful owner in the NFL starts a war with the commissioner? We’re not exactly sure yet, but it’s getting damn interesting!
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has engaged in multiple battles with Roger Goodell in the past few months, and things are really heating up. First, Jones was furious about the six-game suspension for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, which is currently “on-again” in its cycle of “on-again, off-again.” Along with that ongoing saga, Jones was miffed about how Goodell didn’t take a harder stance on players who knelt or sat out during the national anthem, an ongoing protest over police violence and racial inequality in America (we will again point out that the protest is not about disrespecting the flag or the military).
Jones’ anger boiled over into the boardroom. Although the owners previously unanimously voted to extend the contract of Goodell, the financial details of that contract were left up to a six-man Compensation Committee. Jones is not a member of that committee, but has been vocal about wanting to be a part of the process. He has threatened to sue the league and rumors are leaking out that Jones is pushing for a non-guaranteed contract for Goodell’s next term, an unprecedented course of action.
The other owners are apparently fed up with Jones trying to strong arm the whole process.
The New York Times is reporting that the six members of the Compensation Committee have slapped Jones with a cease and desist warning, threatening further sanctions if Jones doesn’t back off.
Several fellow owners of N.F.L. teams have given Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a cease-and-desist warning, threatening to punish him over his efforts to block a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.
The warning to Jones, which was issued by the six owners on the N.F.L. compensation committee after the group held a conference call Monday, comes less than two weeks after he threatened to sue the league and the owners on the committee who have been working for months on a new contract for Goodell.
The league could take a range of steps, including fines, docking draft picks and even suspending Jones.
The Times also reports that all communications through Jones and the other owners are now going through their respective legal representatives.
The six-man committee is made up of the owners of the Chiefs, Falcons, Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Texans. In particular, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Steelers owner Art Rooney II are also among the most influential and powerful of the group.
If Jones continues this fight and loses, he could face heavy fines, suspension of ownership, or even the other NFL owners forcing him to sell the team.