Jerry Jones has been the most vocal owner when it comes to the ridiculous contract that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was able to negotiate for in the last few months. Jones has been trying to fight the contract for some time now, but it looks like that fight is going to cost him quite a pretty penny.
The commissioner is reportedly going to fine Jones millions of dollars for his role in the efforts to derail the contract negotiations and for his outspoken defense of a star player who was suspended, according to five league officials that spoke to the New York Times. Here is more from the NYT:
The punishment will be issued in the coming weeks by Goodell, who will declare that Jones’s actions were detrimental to the league, which rarely shows such acute signs of acrimony among owners and the commissioner’s office. Goodell has been reluctant to be seen as exacting retribution for the way Jones tried to sabotage his contract talks, but he was urged to bring the penalties by several owners who believed that Jones had crossed an unspoken boundary by threatening his colleagues.
Jones has been incredibly outspoken when it comes to the league and its suspension — at least in regards to Ezekiel Elliott — and even reportedly threatened Goodell over the six-game suspension. It was a seemingly bogus suspension as it was labeled under the very generic “personal conduct policy violations” tab. Elliott was reportedly involved in a domestic violence incident, but the charges were dropped. That did not stop Goodell from suspending him and making a bigger deal out of it than the league probably should have.
A spokesman for the Cowboys said the team was unaware of the impending penalties and did not immediately have a comment. A spokesman for the N.F.L. said the league had no comment.