Jerry Jones takes his lumps from Roger Goodell, but no regrets

AP

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seldom shies away from a fight, even if his record against commissioner Roger Goodell and the league isn’t very good lately.

After failing to get running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension overturned last year, and then taking a $2 million loss on legal fees in his efforts to block Goodell’s contract extension, Jones said he had no regrets standing up to the league’s power structure.

“When you get pretty supportive then you run or get a chance to pay the fiddler,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “I have understood that. The commissioner has that power.”

Jones had previously aired his concern’s about Goodell’s power and said he spoke again on the topic during a meeting Monday, and plans to again when they meet in Atlanta in May.

“It was very satisfactory and we will address more of it in May,” Jones said, “but I was very satisfied.”

May’s also destination for the league’s can-kicking on sensitive topics such as the anthem debate, the sale of the Panthers and the related investigation of owner Jerry Richardson for workplace misconduct. After Texans owner Bob McNair stepped on a few landmines Sunday at the start of the meetings on those topics, other owners have been hesitant (and have been told to be behind closed doors) about speaking on the hot issues.

Part of the reason they pay Goodell so much money is to let him take the heat for controversial points, so they’re going to let him earn that money for them this time. (Also, Jones has been subpoenaed in the Colin Kaepernick case, giving him another out.)

“I’m going to let Roger speak to about here, what’s (been) discussed,” Jones said. “You know where I am on it. But where it is, is everybody’s going to think about it, talk back and forth on it a little bit and then we’ll be more definitive after the May meeting.”

Part of the reason it’s interesting to see Jones defer on any issue is because it rarely happens, but after paying a de facto fine for stepping out of line, he’s perhaps a bit more willing now.

20 responses to “Jerry Jones takes his lumps from Roger Goodell, but no regrets

  1. The Jerry went after Goodell only after the Elliotti issue didn’t go his way and the other owners clearly knew that. Once he stepped in it by threatening legal action against the league they handed his ass to him on silver plate then told him to piped down and stay in your lane. And there’s nothing he could do about it….I love it because it’s well deserved!

  2. Few remember but Clint Murchinson, the original owner and founder of the Dallas Cowboys, blew his fortune on booze, broads and bad investments. He actually lost millions on a ski resort in Iraq, if you can believe it. That’s why he had to sell the franchise to Bum Bright, who lost his fortune in the savings and loans debacle.

    Jerry Jones actually made to lowest bid to buy the Dallas Cowboys, but he was the only one who agreed to fire Tom Landry. And Bum Bright hated Tom Landry, blamed him for his financial problems, but he could not fire the legendary coach.

    Jerry Jones would and did. The only smart thing Jones has done since was to hire Jimmy Johnson as the new coach and general manager, give him total control of the team.

    The advantage that Johnson had was that he was college championship coach, and he knew all the scouts. That’s what allowed him to build a professional championship team.

    But Jones wanted all of the credit, which he did not earn, and it’s pretty much been all downhill ever since.

    Tex Schramm, Tom Landry and Gil Brandt made the Dallas Cowboys “America’s Team.” Jimmy Johnson resurrected them for a few short years. Since Jerry Jones became large and in charge, the Dallas Cowboys have become “America’s Scream.”

    It is a disgrace to the NFL Hall of Fame that he has a bust there.

  3. this guy talks just to hear himself. none of the three sentences even make sense.

    keep on being the coach, gm, spokesman, doctor, etc. jerry. the results speak for themselves, and make a lot more sense than you do.

  4. So, Jerry Jones took a stance on his players kneeling during the National Anthem! He did not want to alienate his fan base and I call that being a smart businessman. It’s a crying shame, that other owners did not follow suit. Perhaps, NFL ratings would not have fallen almost 19 % , during that timeframe! My opinion…..

  5. It’s all good. Jones was just supporting his player, and the commissioner was doing what Jones and the other owners are paying him to do. The smile on Jerry’s face is partially due to the price tag of the Panthers. Jerry figures his franchise is increasing $2 million in value every day.

  6. Goodell was the most hated man on planet Earth. Then when it was Jerry trying to get rid of him, the change in tone was almost amusing. Flip floppers.

  7. Clearly Goodell wasn’t the most hated man on planet Earth when all the owners, including the Jerry, voted last May to allow ongoing negotiations to extend his contract. The only flip flopping going on was by Jerry himself!

  8. In spite of Jerry’s ongoing love affair with himself, at least someone stood up to the enigma which is Roger Goodell. The league as a whole is less than it could be with Goodell at the helm, even if he is simply a place holder for the bad decisions that the owners continue to make. A new commissioner may have resurrected the image of “The Shield” but then…maybe not.

  9. So whats so bad about an owner THE only owner to stick up and fight for his players? To stand up against Roger when NO ONE else will or would? To hold his players accountable IF they Dare kneeled for the anthem?
    Best Owner In Sports BAR NONE!

  10. This whole thing reminds me of when Robin Ventura rushed the mound, only to get put in a headlock by Nolan Ryan and receive head rabbit punches. Jones plays the role of Ventura.

  11. “It is a disgrace to the NFL Hall of Fame that he has a bust there.”

    Couldn’t agree more. How is this fool in the Hall, but someone like Don Coryell
    isn’t?

  12. donkitchens says:
    March 28, 2018 at 8:47 am
    Clearly Goodell wasn’t the most hated man on planet Earth when all the owners, including the Jerry, voted last May to allow ongoing negotiations to extend his contract. The only flip flopping going on was by Jerry himself!

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    I think the part that youre missing here is that Jerry gave his approval BEFORE Goodell handed down the Elliott suspension. Jerry also claims that in conversations he had with Goodell that he was told there wouldnt be a suspension. After Goodell suspended Elliott, Jerry was angry because he felt like he was lied to and he felt like Elliott was wrongly suspended. His team just came off a 13-3 season and this was going to wreck the upcoming season. From Jerry’s perspective, Goodell unjustly went after his star player, so Jerry was going to go after Goodell and make things difficult for him. It cost him $2 million to do that, which he was ok with….but at least he made his point.

  13. Can’t say I love Jerrah, but I like that he has a backbone and plenty of Moxy. Robert Kraft may be a better businessman, but I find myself wishing he had a bit of Jerrah in him when it comes to defending his team, coach, and players. Raising my cup of coffee to you right now Jerrah!

  14. Translation? Goodell cheated again and Philly won the SB over it.

    Goodell also cheated in the SB, now confirmed that they changed the catch rule to help Philly get a free TD.

    Super.

    Gee, I wonder why ratings are plummeting?

  15. calizcowboyz says:
    March 28, 2018 at 9:31 am
    So whats so bad about an owner THE only owner to stick up and fight for his players? To stand up against Roger when NO ONE else will or would? To hold his players accountable IF they Dare kneeled for the anthem?
    Best Owner In Sports BAR NONE!

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    Jones can’t hold a cancdle to Kraft.

    The guy has a yes man dope as a head coach and doesn’t know about basic economics tied to a salary cap.

    But, he’s the best owner in sports?

    Beyond laughable. He;s a laughingstock.

  16. The only reason why Goodell was able to knock Jerry off his high perch was because he had the power of the other bosses behind him. PFT posters seem to think that Goodell is this crazy dictator, but in reality, he’s doing the bidding of the other owners. Jones is the top dog in Dallas most of Texas so he’s used to bullying other people to get his way. He thought he could bully the NFL and Goodell. However, he came up against other owners who are richer than him and more ruthless.

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