Jerry Jones’ fellow owners were “shocked” by threat to sue over Goodell contract

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told fellow owners he’s ready to sue them if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s new contract goes forward, and those owners were stunned to hear it.

That’s the word from Peter King of SI.com, who reports that Jones told the six owners on the NFL’s Compensation Committee that he’s ready to take the matter to court.

“Are you telling us you’re prepared to file litigation against us?” Giants owner John Mara asked. Jones replied that he was.

According to King, that “shocked” the owners who were on the call with Jones, none of whom expected Jones to take such a serious step.

“I’m shocked. I’m disappointed. We may have differences, Jerry, but this is not the way we resolve them. This is not the way we do things in the NFL,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank told Jones.

A source told King that owners on the call with Jones came away from it “Totally shocked. Emotional. Angry. In disbelief.” Even Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who felt that Goodell gave his team a raw deal in the Deflategate case, told Jones that league unity is more important.

Jones is obviously angry at Goodell for suspending Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. He has also indicated that he thinks Goodell should have found a way for the NFL to put the national anthem controversy behind it, and Jones may have put up Papa John’s, a big-time NFL sponsor that Jones does business with, to express that publicly. And Jones reportedly thinks Goodell is overpaid.

King’s story indicates that Jones currently doesn’t have many allies among his fellow owners. But threatening to sue may buy Jones some time to see if he can persuade other owners that Goodell hasn’t earned a lucrative new contract.

73 responses to “Jerry Jones’ fellow owners were “shocked” by threat to sue over Goodell contract

  1. Well, if the jury isnt deadlocked….Maybe Goodell is bad for football, just maybe he has no concern for the integrity of the game. His only concern is if the NFL can drag something out and make money off of it. Unfortunately Im a veteran and Im missing todays action. See that, I had to say that its unfortunate Im a veteran. How pathetic is that NFL, Goodell?? He doesnt care about anything other money.

  2. Wait until Dallas loses today without Elliott and their all pro tackle. The petulant child will go on his coaches show, or whatever it is and have a fit. He’s nothing but a hypocrite and a fraud. We all know Goddell is a clown, but Jones is sitting in the same aisle.

  3. It’s time for the other owners to show Jones he’s only One of them. He was on board in May, so it’s obvious this is all about the Elliot deal. This is laughable Jones swears the Cowboys have a zero tolerance for domestic violence after signing Greg Hardy. Let him sue, go kick his butt in court.

  4. What has Goodell done to merit a lucrative and gauranteed extension? Think about it. Would your employer be so giddy to give you an extension if the company’s sales are falling and future outlook looks bleak under your management and leadership. There may be few but the majority will habe some serious questions for you.

  5. I am no fan of Jerrah but I agree with his stance on Gooddell. The league would be better off without him. I don’t understand why the owners think that keeping Roger is good for business

  6. I am not a J.J. fan,but he is right about every point that he brings up regarding Goodell. Goodell has a license to make it personal with NFL players. A disciplinary board with both NFL owners and past players could have compromised on the suspensions of Brady and Zeke and kept it from being a soap opera. Goodell also could have told networks covering NFL football games that the camera must be on the flag during the playing of the Anthem. Last year in the off season they could have made it a requirement to stand for the Anthem or choose to stay in the locker room. If the owners fight the lawsuit like Jones hopes they will he will make it a soap opera. The leverage Jones has is that when it goes to deposition many more things will come out about Goodell and the rest of the owners will be too afraid of the hit “the shield” will take along with monies lost. I believe we are witnessing the crack in the unity of owners. The start of divide and conquer.

  7. Well I guess that Rog thought that giving Jerry the draft next year would smooth this all out, and that’s what Goddell gets ! When it left New York, the windy city got it for two years, it moves to Philly, most successful draft ever, and then Jerry piss and moans, and of course Roger quakes, and gives it to Dallas the next, total BS ! Hate the pair of them, such a douchey perfect couple !

  8. If Zeke wasn’t suspended this wouldn’t be happening. Jones is a whiny, spoiled baby wearing the clothing of a very old man.

  9. Agree with him or not, at least Jones has the stones to stick up for his team and his beliefs. Robert Kraft threw his fans under the bus and put his tail between his legs with a case much weaker. Without Belichick and Brady, Kraft would be just another guy.

  10. “This is not the way we do things in the NFL,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank told Jones. “We do things behind closed doors in the most corrupt manner possible and do everything possible to prevent the sheep, I mean fans, from finding out how disgusting we really are”

    There fixed his quote for him.

  11. Jerry’s right about Goodell’s pay. He was getting $1M from each team at a time when the networks would pay anything. His big reward was for breaking the union and lowering the 60% revenue share and to 50%. I think just about anyone could have accomplished those goals.

    Now we need someone who can handle the players social concerns and be a great American of unquestioned integrity. Condoleeza Rice has the qualifications, LOVES football, and has previously said she wanted to be commissioner. It’s an idea whose time has come.

  12. Go Jerry! I used to think this guy was a goof, on par with Dan Snyder. After watching him have the courage to stand up to the Anthem protesters, the NFL and now this, I have new found respect for him. He stands up for what he believes in regardless of what others think.

  13. Kraft summed it up. They need to present unity – right, wrong, or indifferent. Regardless of what it looks like if they do not it interrupts their revenue stream and that cannot be allowed. Ah, the nature of monopoly. Untouchable. I’m not a JJ or Cowboys fan but in this case, as a business man I have to admire him. Regardless of what we think of football it is the first sensible thing done in the Goodell wars.

  14. Glad to see at least owner cares about how terrible Roger Goodell has been in some aspects of his job. Yes the nfl has made more money during his time, but now it’s on a slippery slope. I don’t like rooting for the demise of a game I used to love but find myself doing so.
    Goodell is a large part of why.

  15. He shouldn’t have been surprised by their reaction. When you go from being one of 32 unanimous votes in May to being offered an advisory seat at the compensation committee’s table in September to threatening litigation in November you are going to draw a strong reaction. Hunt and Kraft are on the committee and both have sucked it up in the name of unity when their teams were hammered over relatively trivial matters in comparison to the league’s image when it comes to DV. Jones has gotten his way so often he just expects it now.

  16. Is there any way to get these two into such a fierce battle that they somehow both get removed from the league and never heard from again? If so, and the obstacle is money, I’ll spearhead the crowdfunding effort.

  17. I’m concerned that Blank, one of the few owners I actually kind of like, is supporting Goodell here. Goodell needs to go ASAP for the good of the league. Owners have to make concessions, financial and cultural. Do it now for the sake of the league 10 years from now.

  18. Dear Jerry, the Patriots want their draft picks back. Thanks.

    Oh… it doesn’t matter when it’s not your team and you can’t use Goodell as an attack dog. Got it.

    Pick any recent controversial suspension and Jerry has 100000% supported Goodell. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, it’s a problem.

    If there is anyone that would cause me to support Goodell, it’s Jerry Jones. He’s a dumpster fire of an owner and a petulant child. The faster life takes it’s course with Jerry Jones, the better.

  19. I disliked JJ until he told his players to stand for the anthem. Now I see him as the only owner with gonads. $60 million+ for Goodell in the past two years? Are you kidding no me? Show him the door.

  20. Life time health benefits lifetime use of a private jet and 50 million a year ,, This is what is in the contract

  21. I’m sure this has more to do with other than Elliot being suspended. Ratings are way down protest continue the guy is paid 32 million a year. Same people claiming Jones needs to go will be on here complaining about Goodell tomorrow. And jerry Jones is a idiot lol Really he is one of the wealthiest men in the world and owns many businesses other than the Cowboys. Love when internet broke trolls call a guy like Jerry Jones a idiot . Same guys who tell cops they pay their salary lol

  22. Goodell is massively overpaid and has zero oversight of his actions as commissioner. At least there’s an owner with balls big enough to do something about it – even if his primary motive is because HIS team was F’d with.

    Goodell sucks and needs to be replaced or held in check. Don’t let your Cowboys or Patriots bias ruin the main point people.

  23. I’m certainly no fan of Jerry and I think he can be a real goof brain, but I tell you what: don’t cross that man. He will go scorched-earth on your butt like he is doing Goodell.

  24. People don’t remember it, but when he first came into the league, Jerry Jones considered Al Davis something of a mentor.

  25. With the money the Cowboys bring in, all the owners profit off of him.

    Who cares what they think. The meeting Goodell had last week with the veterans group didn’t go well (no article about that), he has chosen to continue to allow players to protest on the football field and has chosen to use NFL funds for radical left wing social justice groups. He’s got to go.

  26. When a white priest from Boston and a young Black man were murdered in Selma MLK knelt on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. When police officers killed young Black men and were exonerated by the judicial system CK knelt during the anthem in NFL stadiums. You can deny the parallel but it is clear and will be recorded by history. Feel free to side with Jones and the Papa Johns owner and pretend you have the moral high ground.

  27. I think we can all agree Jerry has some flaws but in this case, he’s got it right. He knows Goodell is taking the league in the wrong direction, has lost any player loyalty he may have had, all of which will cost the owners millions…or more. Don’t bet against Jerry when HIS money is on the line.

  28. How do these owners not know, or why do they not care that Goodell is reviled across the league? He gets booed mercilessly at the draft, and at the Super Bowl. They had to edit the booing out of the Super Bowl tape. How is that good for anyone’s image?

    Goodell had the NFL in Federal court over the suspension of one of the leagues most popular players, all because the air pressure of some footballs. He lets confirmed domestic abusers off with a slap on the wrist.

    Goodell is a cancer for the NFL, and the sooner they get rid of him, the better.

  29. It is pure insanity to think Goodell has “earned” a new lucrative contract irregardless of Jerry Jones’ anger. The NFL should probably sue Goodell to claw back some of his paycheck the last few years.

  30. The NFL can find any one of 10,000 executives in the world that can do a better job than Roger for the $200 MILLION they are set to pay him. Time to look elsewhere than this obtuse son of a former professional politician.

  31. tigerlilac says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

    When a white priest from Boston and a young Black man were murdered in Selma MLK knelt on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. When police officers killed young Black men and were exonerated by the judicial system CK knelt during the anthem in NFL stadiums. You can deny the parallel but it is clear and will be recorded by history. Feel free to side with Jones and the Papa Johns owner and pretend you have the moral high ground.
    ________________

    Who knelt when the BLM-activist murdered 5 cops in cold blood in Dallas?

  32. Al Davis would have put Jerry in his place. Al Davis stood up for civil rights. Refusing to play in segregated Alabama. Refusing to play in cities where his players could not stay in the same hotels together. He hired the first black head coach and he hired the first female NFL executive. What does Jones stand for? The Dallas Cowboys were 1 of 6 teams where not one player kneeled. Yet he issued his order to his team where no one kneeled before. And only after he talked to Trump. Jerry caved. Davis stood up for all people, Jones is standing up for money.

  33. You are free to lie about BLM but lying is exposed by history. The Dallas killer had no known connection to BLM. After those viscous and cowardly murders in Dallas the whole nation mourned and the killer was killed by officers.

  34. It appears that here are many paid Jerrah trolls on this thread. Jones’ money will eventually corrupt the NFL, unless the other 31 owners flush him soon. I recall that the NBA flushed one of their turds recently.

  35. Jerry is right about Goodell, but it rings hollow when he had no problem with Goodell until he suspended his running back. Where was Jones’ concern last spring when this deal was hashed out, and when the committee was given full authority to negotiate and finalize a new deal for the commissioner? Jones, like his team, is just a fraud.

  36. Without any jest, this is the 100th example of how NOT to enact change in America.

    Seriously, NOBODY can get it right anymore.
    The Daily, Weekly or Monthly protests (Take your pick which cause I’m referring to) have created ZERO changes in America. People cannot see themselves nor can they see past their own noses anymore and ALL of it is truly pathetic.

    Jerry will NOT create the change he’s looking for without the other owners’ support. Jones is just one man and unless he’s trying to break off and start up his own league, all he will do is hurt his own wallet while hurting everything else about the NFL.

    …said from a long-time Goodell ‘hater’.

  37. exinsidetrader says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:20 am
    tigerlilac says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

    When a white priest from Boston and a young Black man were murdered in Selma MLK knelt on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. When police officers killed young Black men and were exonerated by the judicial system CK knelt during the anthem in NFL stadiums. You can deny the parallel but it is clear and will be recorded by history. Feel free to side with Jones and the Papa Johns owner and pretend you have the moral high ground.
    ________________

    Who knelt when the BLM-activist murdered 5 cops in cold blood in Dallas?
    =======================================================

    And Kaepernick wore his pig socks right AFTER they were killed in Dallas. The timing of it seemed like he was saying he approved of it.

  38. I get that a lot of people (including me) hate Goodell and his impact on the league. But. Jerry Jones is just another egomaniac with a lot of money who thinks everything should go just as he wants it all the time. He is not taking a principled stance here. He is upset about the Elliott suspension, and now he is throwing a fit because his running back isn’t getting special treatment. People need to stop applauding these a-holes in power just because their egomania occasionally puts them on the same side of the fence as you. These people are horrible. Don’t mistake their sociopathy for any kind of nobility.

    So cheer for Goodell to be ousted if you hate him. But please, enough of these “Jerry is right for once” justifications. He’s not right. He’s pouting that his star player is getting suspended. The fact that the outcome he wants is the same as you want is nothing but a coincidence. Don’t applaud him for it.

  39. I’ll bet Jerry’s kids are encouraging him to get more involved in these matters so they can keep him away from the team. The Cowboys sure are a lot better now that the kids are running the team.

  40. This is all about Zeke Elliott and its pathetic. How many more times do they have to go to court, to be overturned??? Well finally it’s happened, thank god.
    Jerry is just concerned about his stupid team, loosing while he is out.
    Get over it, and move on. Can’t blame the owners concerned, they don’t need him
    telling them what to do, they are grown men.

  41. tigerlilac says:

    You are free to lie about BLM but lying is exposed by history. The Dallas killer had no known connection to BLM. After those viscous and cowardly murders in Dallas the whole nation mourned and the killer was killed by officers.
    ==============================================================

    What do you need to have a “connection” to BLM? A paid membership card? He murdered the police offers AT a BLM march. The same BLM who has been on video chanting “pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon” in NYC. In Baton Rouge they are on video chanting “what do we want? DEAD COPS! When do we want it? NOW!”

    Now last I checked the guy who ran down a girl in Charlottesville didn’t have a membership in the KKK but you certainly aren’t going to give them a pass on that, are you?

  42. tigerlilac says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:09 am
    When a white priest from Boston and a young Black man were murdered in Selma MLK knelt on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. When police officers killed young Black men and were exonerated by the judicial system CK knelt during the anthem in NFL stadiums. You can deny the parallel but it is clear and will be recorded by history. Feel free to side with Jones and the Papa Johns owner and pretend you have the moral high ground.

    ————
    Huh? That started with one point then jumped to a completely different one. I get both points but no the connection.

  43. 7timechamp says:
    November 12, 2017 at 9:43 am
    I am not a J.J. fan,but he is right about every point that he brings up regarding Goodell. Goodell has a license to make it personal with NFL players. A disciplinary board with both NFL owners and past players could have compromised on the suspensions of Brady and Zeke and kept it from being a soap opera. Goodell also could have told networks covering NFL football games that the camera must be on the flag during the playing of the Anthem. Last year in the off season they could have made it a requirement to stand for the Anthem or choose to stay in the locker room. If the owners fight the lawsuit like Jones hopes they will he will make it a soap opera. The leverage Jones has is that when it goes to deposition many more things will come out about Goodell and the rest of the owners will be too afraid of the hit “the shield” will take along with monies lost. I believe we are witnessing the crack in the unity of owners. The start of divide and conquer.

    ________________________________________

    I don’t have a problem with Jones being unhappy with the contract. I have a problem with Jones being unhappy and raising holy hell about it only AFTER his guy got suspended. Ranting child needs to suck it up. The Patriots suffered worse for less, and Kraft decided to let it go.

  44. “Jones is obviously angry at Goodell for suspending Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.”
    —————————————

    Thats just like, your opinion Alpert. Or whatever faceless writer you are here at PFT who blends with all the others.

  45. When a white priest from Boston and a young Black man were murdered in Selma MLK knelt on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. When police officers killed young Black men and were exonerated by the judicial system CK knelt during the anthem in NFL stadiums. You can deny the parallel but it is clear and will be recorded by history. Feel free to side with Jones and the Papa Johns owner and pretend you have the moral high ground.

    ================

    I call BS on this. Why is it only young black men being mentioned? What about double the number of whites killed by police, what about the Hispanics killed, what about the American Natives killed, what about the Asians killed.

    Fact: twice as many whites are killed by police than blacks, and many non-white, non-black are killed also (source: Washington Post Database on Police Fatalities). Yet the only videos we see are of blacks being killed. I truly wonder why. It would be so easy to have a conversation if the concern on the protesters’ parts was for all people killed regardless of color.

  46. Jerry Jones is no different than Colin than using the protests for their own personal agendas. Colin using it to get a job that he neither earned or deserves. Jerry is using it in protest over Zeke being suspended. He is costing the League more than Goodell. Jones has picked game day performance over the actions of his players. To file paperwork how his team will be hurt if Zeke is suspended is what Jerry is all about. It’s his club, his league and screw the other owners. He will regret his actions.

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