Report: Jerry Jones requests hearing on repayment of legal fees

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Monday brought news that the NFL is seeking over $2 million from the Cowboys to pay legal fees related to the Ezekiel Elliott suspension fight and owner Jerry Jones’ threatened litigation over NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s since-completed contract extension.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones declined comment on the matter Tuesday, but Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that his father has requested a hearing before Goodell to contest the ruling. It’s not clear when such a hearing would take place.

Under Resolution FC-6, which was adopted in 1997, Goodell has the power to impose punishment when a team “joins, has a direct, football-related financial interest in, or offers substantial assistance in any lawsuit or other legal, regulatory, or administrative proceeding” against the league.

During the Elliott process, Stephen Jones said the Cowboys were “observers” in the process rather than direct participants. That figures to be part of the team’s objection to the league’s effort to recoup money whenever a hearing takes place.

41 responses to “Report: Jerry Jones requests hearing on repayment of legal fees

  1. Alan Dershowitz for the Defense. Ted Welles for the Prosecution..excuse me , Ted Welles for the truth.

  2. Welcome back to the future Cowboys.

    Signed,

    The Saints, Dolphins, Redskins, and Patriots.

    PS – LOL from The Colts, Steelers, giants,Jets, and Broncos

  3. Ummm … if I were a Cowboys fan I would be pi$$ed! Does it really cost $2 million to send him a “conduct detrimental to the league” letter? This is retribution. Pure and simple.

    Goodell should be gone.

  4. Oh man as an Eagles fan, this offseason keeps getting better and better. Can’t wait until the draft when RG announces: “with the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, your Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles select….” then proceeds to take a dump on that filthy star

  5. Frankly I think if this went to court the discovery process would be a hoot. My guess is the NFL would back down before they ever let a subpoena happen.

  6. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    As an “Observer ” did Jerry or the Cowboys have any billable hours with an Attorney ?
    I was an observer and I had none.
    Anything other then none makes Jerry & the Cowboys more then observers
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    I could consult an attorney all I want. I’m positive that until my attorney takes on any legal action against the opposing party the cost is all mine. If somebody “lawyers up” over a threat to sue that’s their prerogative.

  7. That pic of Jerrah in the blue suit is the best one PFT has and is very unusual. It is the only one I know of where Jerrah’s mouth is not open and it is one of a few where Jerrah’s mouth is not open and his foot in it.

  8. Not sure how you tel, the difference between what the Krafts did in
    deflategate and what the Cowboys did in the Elliot case.
    Perhaps one difference is that Kraft was the primary force
    in setting the unprecedented compensation package
    Goodell received in his last contract.
    From what I saw the players union footed the bill.
    In deflategate the Patriots also filed affidavits in support.
    I’m just not seeing the difference.

  9. The NFL can’t help but make a small deal into a huge deal, and continue to lose customers in the process.

    Easiest thing to do here is to just drop it — let it go. The Cowboys bring FAR more than 1/32 of the revenue into the league to start with. Especially with how shady the NFL was during the entire Zeke Elliott suspension ordeal, it floors me that they wouldn’t rather just let this story die instead of drawing it out even more.

    First I started waiting until ~midseason to buy NFL Ticket. Then the next year I canceled it. Last year I struggled to even watch a game in the second half of the season and the playoffs and I’m at the point now where I’m converting to NCAA football and other sports entirely. This is not the NFL I grew up with.

  10. Is there anyone else in business that can get paid $40M per year while not possessing any capabilities that are necessary to fulfill his or her job responsibilities? Roger Goodell is not qualified to perform the role of arbitrator (as required by the CBA) and apparently has to hire outside legal firms to help him do the rest of his job. Why would an owner need to reimburse the league? Either Goodell should pay when he can’t do his job without training wheels, or the committee was seriously negligent paying an empty suit $200M to masquerade as the commissioner.

  11. smilesaustin says:
    February 27, 2018 at 3:18 pm

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    This is not Dr. Phil. If you don’t want to watch football, don’t. The only purpose of Lifetime stories like this is to troll. All that is missing is the teary eyed story of you as a little kid an how great football was then and a hashtag.

    Propaganda at it’s finest.

  12. pastabelly says:
    February 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm
    The NFL actually began the litigation against Brady and never reimbursed Brady’s legal team from having to defend itself. This seems uneven.

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    There are so many things wrong with that statement.

    1. Brady and the NFLPA took the matter to court.
    2. Brady and the NFLPA lost in court.
    3. FC-6 is a resolution in the NFL constitution which permits the league to recover expenses, it does not permit anyone else to recover expenses.

    The courts are never going to award the losing side of a court case legal fees and the courts aren’t involved in Jerry Jones reimbursing the league legal fees, it is a league matter.

    People need to stop conflating what the league does within it’s constitution and CBA with the United States judicial system.

  13. Stu Bidaciou says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm
    SHHH…the Patriots are working on the next way to beat another rule. Glad to have some cover. We are in your heads:)

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    Welll, your head apparently.

    To those trying to figure out the Patriots connection to this story or find one…there is none. Amazing as this might sound not everything is about the Patriots. This is between Jones and the league.

  14. eagleswin says:
    February 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    There are so many things wrong with that statement.

    1. Brady and the NFLPA took the matter to court.
    2. Brady and the NFLPA lost in court.
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    That’s rich.

    1. Roger and the NFL took the matter to court.
    2. Roger and the NFL lost in court.

  15. Goodell didn’t have the balls to pull this one out of his hat. But I know who did my buddy Arthur Blank and a few other owners who hate Jerry Jones.

  16. hje118 says:

    Oh man as an Eagles fan, this offseason keeps getting better and better. Can’t wait until the draft when RG announces: “with the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, your Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles select….” then proceeds to take a dump on that filthy star
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    Your team has one single Lombardi, man. Even the lowly Bucs and Saints got one before you. We aren’t in awe, I can assure you.

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