Jerry Jones isn’t backing down from his fight to force fellow NFL owners to pressure league commissioner Roger Goodell, instead of signing him to a new extension.
Jones says he is willing to go to court if necessary.
“He’s served about 60 percent, roughly, 65 percent of this contract,” said Jones of Goodell on a radio show Tuesday.
“He has 18 months left on there. We’ve got all the time in the world to evaluate what we’re doing. We’ve got all the time in the world to extend him. We just need to slow this train down and have a lot of time to discuss the issues at hand in the NFL and have a good, fair input from all the owners, which we’re not getting.”
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Jones is warning that he has “papers drawn up” for a court battle if fellow team owners simply extend Goodell without a thorough evaluation of the commissioner’s competence.
The Dallas Cowboys owner is unhappy with how Goodell has handled the flag-protest fiasco, and the double-standards held for player suspensions and domestic-violence incidents.
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“He’s served about 60 percent, roughly, 65 percent of this contract,” Jones said on Dalla’s 105.3 The Fan radio show Tuesday. “He has 18 months left on there. We’ve got all the time in the world to evaluate what we’re doing. We’ve got all the time in the world to extend him. We just need to slow this train down and have a lot of time to discuss the issues at hand in the NFL and have a good, fair input from all the owners, which we’re not getting.”
Jones, however, denied that he is out to replace Goodell entirely.
But it sure sounded like it on a Nov. 2 conference call, in which Jones reportedly surprised his fellow owners on the committee by warning that he had “papers drawn up” for a legal salvo in if the contract extension through 2024 was ratified. Jones demanded that the finalized deal be sent back for a general vote to have it changed or even scrapped.
On Monday, the six owners on the committee fired back with a cease-and-desist letter and threatened punishment if Jones didn’t abandon his crusade, according to the New York Times.
Jones has apparently soured on Goodell, angered in part by the six-game suspension leveled against Cowboys star Ezekial Elliott over domestic abuse allegations, despite the fact that the running back wasn’t officially charged.
Goodell’s current annual compensation of $35 million — an amount not likely to drop much with the incentive-laden package on the table — also apparently vexes Jones.
Then there is the controversy surrounding NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustices. Jones, who has publicly warned that he will force the benching of any of his team’s players who take a knee, and no Cowboys star has done so to date, has not been happy that the league hasn’t done more to rein in the movement before it started impacting ratings.
Jerry Jones is a patriot. Can we say the same for Roger Goodell?
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