Give Jerry Jones Credit for Standing his Ground Against the NFL

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Michael Ainsworth The Dallas Morning News

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to take millions of dollars from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry due to Jones' attempt to thwart Goodell's contract extension negotiations. Jones would go on to oppose the NFL's decision to extend Goodell's contract extension and went on to a hire a prominent lawyer to threaten the National Football League with legal action.

The New York Times, citing five league officials with knowledge of the case, reported that Goodell had been reluctant to escalate his feud with Jones, a billionaire who is regarded as one of the most influential owners in the NFL. He wanted the full ownership group to have a vote on Goodell's extension instead of the six-member compensation committee being permitted to seal the deal on their own. It's a "reimbursement" of legal fees. He may try to create the perception that he's reluctantly following orders from the owners, but surely sticking it to Jones won't be too upsetting to him.

That letter noted Jones's "antics" were "damaging the League and reflect conduct detrimental to the League's best interests".

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Jones also publicly blasted the league's handling of discipline for Cowboys' running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence accusations, and may have played a role in Papa John's then-CEO John Schnatter's comments bashing the NFL and Goodell over their handling of players' protests.

Elliott had appealed his suspension to the courts, much in the same manner that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did during the DeflateGate scandal.

Beginning in November, some owners urged the league to consider disciplinary action against Jones.

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The new league year doesn't start for another few weeks, but already this offseason is becoming one of the more exciting in recent memory. But people close to the situation dismissed that as being unrealistic, saying they believed that any sanction likely would be limited to a possible fine. As I have said before, I think people disagree.

Two other players - tackle Cordy Glenn and soon-to-be second-year receiver Zay Jones - also underwent respective surgeries, though McDermott provided the same outlook for that tandem as he did for Benjamin. Reports suggest that the reimbursement action was filed by other team owners and not Goodell.

Elliott fought the suspension. Now, if you saw anything happening, did I cause them to be made? "And so anything that was done differently about this contract was done by all 32 owners". Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo was fined that amount for the part he played in a Louisiana gambling scandal in the late 1990s. Goodell said, pointing to Jones.

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