The NFL plans to ask Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for more than $ 2 million last year for his actions in connection with the contract renewal of Commissioner Roger Goodell and the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott's return, according to several people, Familiar with the League
Several of these people said Monday that Jones's sanction was an attempt by the League and other owners to reclaim the legal costs incurred by the owners and league's compensation committee. Another person said it would lead to a fine by Jones through the NFL, which has accused Jones of behaving badly to the League. The league long had a provision that any owner who takes legal action against co-owners must pay the legal costs of both sides, and this measure will be taken to punish Jones was told to come to the command of several owners.
Jones was previously warned by the Equalization Committee that he was guilty of behaving badly for the League after his failed efforts to prevent the five-year contract extension for Goodell are not completed.
The League did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the Cowboys declined to comment by a spokesman. The NFL's intention to punish Jones for millions of dollars was first reported by the New York Times
Jones hired lawyer David Boies and threatened to file a lawsuit to prevent Goodell's ratification from taking effect in early November. He later dropped those threats, and the extension, which cost $ 40 million in 2024, was complete. Jones accused Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Chairman of the Compensation Committee, who negotiated the extension of Goodell, of misleading other owners by sending a letter sent by a Cowboys lawyer
In a November letter from outside The Compensation Committee informed Jones that he had committed guilty behavior towards the League.
"With due respect, we urge Mr. Jones to refrain from misdirected litigation and media campaigns to undermine the committee's mandate." Read this letter written by NFL lawyer Brad Karp. "We urge Mr. Jones to respect the resolution he and his co-owners have adopted and to allow the committee to continue its work in accordance with the May 201
In this letter, Jones & # 39;" antics "damaged the League and mirrored behaviors that hurt the League's best interests.
Jones also criticized the league's six game suspension spells last season by Elliott under the policy of personal behavior. The returning cowboys were not charged with a crime, but the League, after investigating that Elliott was guilty of domestic violence in a series of incidents involving his former girlfriend, decided. Elliott and the NFL Players Association questioned the suspension in federal court and managed to delay implementation for half the season. They dropped their legal challenge after the NFL secured the right to go to court to suspend the suspension.
In early November, some league leaders urged disciplinary action against Jones to be considered. These measures could include a fine, a suspension or the loss of a draft pick or picks. Last year, there was speculation about an attempt by the League to cancel Jones from his franchise, which is valued at more than $ 4 billion. But people close to the situation rejected this as unrealistic and said they believed that any sanction would be limited to a potential fine.
"Roger is being expanded and Jerry is being treated," a person familiar with the owners "Moods said in November.
Jones said during the deliberations about Goodell's contract extension that he aspired to become more owner At a December Owners' Meeting in Dallas, following the completion of Goodell, Jones said he would continue to press for changes to the League's constitution that he called antiquated, using the same word for power
"As with any type of organization, be it business, social or otherwise, you have to evolve and you have to make some changes," Jones said at the owners' meeting in December. "And frankly, that's what it was about. If you saw something now, did I make sure they were made? You can not do it in the National Football League. It takes 32 owners to make the changes. "And everything else about this deal was done by all 32 owners."
Blank said at the meeting that the episode was a distraction for the League.
"Everything went well for me – I think the owners were disturbed by everything – that was a distraction from the league and the league and the problems and opportunities the league has," Blank said in December. "I think there was a general strong sense in space that we need to band together, be together, both in the field and out of the field as a group of owners dealing with the League's problems and opportunities." [JonessaidallalongthathisoppositiontoGoodell'scontractextensionwasnotrelatedtoElliott'ssuspensionButsomeownersbelieveddifferentlyandsaidprivatelythattheyviewedJones'seffortsatGoodell'scontractasatantrumaboutElliottbeingsuspended
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