Jerry Jones is about to get a taste of NFL justice

AP

The owner of the Dallas Cowboys soon will experience frontier justice, Big Shield style.

On Monday, Jerry Jones will testify under oath before Commissioner Roger Goodell in a proceeding aimed at determining whether and to what extent Jones and the Cowboys owe the NFL and its member clubs reimbursement for legal fees incurred in connection with his threatened litigation over Goodell’s new contract and running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s actual litigation over his six-game suspension.

Speaking with reporters who cover the Cowboys on Saturday, Jones expressed an idealistic — and arguably delusional — view of what the process will entail.

“A hearing before the Commissioner is like a courtroom,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “You separate the wheat from the chaff, and you get right into the facts as they are, and I welcome that.

“Looking forward to my time with him regarding both the issues of how we were involved or not involved in the Ezekiel Elliott issue as well as the issue of what we did or didn’t do relative to his contract negotiation. Those will be the subject areas, but the key thing is it’s really factual . . . you . . . address the facts. I know he wants to know that, and I want him to know what the facts are.”

That would be great, if the facts matter. But they don’t matter.

Well, they do matter, but only insofar as they need to be massaged and twisted and squished into fitting the predetermined narrative, which leads to the preselected outcome. That’s how it has gone in the past, from Bountygate to Spygate to the ruling Jones experienced six years ago, when the league decided that Dallas and Washington treated the uncapped year like (who knew?) an uncapped year, stripping them of millions in cap space.

That’s precisely what will happen to Jones now, especially because this entire proceeding supposedly was instigated not by Goodell but by influential owners who want to see Goodell whack Jones for being so disruptive last year. Whatever Jones says or does, Goodell likely will decide that threatening litigation in a way that causes the league and its member clubs to incur legal fees constitutes initiating a lawsuit within the confines of Resolution FC-6, and that whatever the Cowboys did in connection with Elliott’s cases constitutes “substantial assistance of” his litigation under that same provision.

It’s the kind of thing that Jones complained about when objecting to the Commissioner’s new contract. The league office has too much power, and the league office all too frequently uses that power to selectively utilize a smorgasbord of rules in order to justify doing whatever the league office wants to do.

In this case, the league office wants to punish Jones and to make an example of him, in an effort to warn other owners not to behave in similar ways in the future. Resolution FC-6 provides the league with a procedure for picking his pocket for $2 million-plus, thanks in large part to the Commissioner’s full and complete power over the process.

So, yes, the facts will come out on Monday. But those facts won’t change the fact that the appeal process is more of a rubber stamp than a blind search for the truth.

 

87 responses to “Jerry Jones is about to get a taste of NFL justice

  1. Cowboys are cheaters. Too bad they havent won anything in the last 25 years to put an asterisk next to

  2. All hail Goodell Castro. this is just an ego stroke. Screw Sheriff Goodell and screw Jerry Jones. How do we get rid of both them?

  3. $2 million to Jerry Jones amounts to nothing more than pocket change. Nevertheless, he’ll make a big stink about it just because he doesn’t like to lose. I really hope that we don’t all have to read about this for the next 6 months. Nobody cares, Jerry! If anything, they “want” you to get your pockets picked!

  4. Uh Jerrah, you might want to get a transcript of that hearing with Goodell because you just don’t know what other lies Roger will come up with after said hearing. Just ask Tom Brady!

  5. Jones = SPINE. All your owners = SPINELESS! Keep Fighting the corrupt FIXED league Jerry!

  6. calizcowboyz says:
    Jones = SPINE.

    If by SPINE you mean keeping an incompetent coach for years and only winning two playoff games in the past 20 years…I agree with you 100%

  7. Good.
    Kick his ass Seebass!

    Guy has been riding his success of the 90’s more than anyone not named Jim Carrey.
    And at least Jim Carrey was cool.

  8. Goodell is the employee of 32 owners. While he is the face, make no mistake. It is his “other bosses” that are forcing the issue with Jones. Jones threatened owners with litigation. That is the definition of conduct detrimental. BTW- the guy deciding whether Goodell can penalize Jerry- his name is Roger Goodell.

  9. Jaja good. Serves him right. A bit of humble pie. That fool believes the league revolves around him just like his pathetuc fan girl fans.

  10. The NFL is BETTER with Jerry! Boy YOU SHEEP would just keep bending over and over and over!! Maybe YOU bow to roger and HE knows that YOU are HIS puppet! …. Not so Much with this cat JERRY! Dude will fight till the end P E R I O D!
    Jerry > roger ALL DAY EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY ON SUNDAYS! BAR NONE!!!!!!

  11. I would love the absolute legal hell fire that would erupt if Godhell tries to make Jones sell the Cowboys. Good luck with that Roger the dodger.

  12. With all these egos and power games I dont see how anyone accepts anything from the other and ultimately it will indeed have to wind up in court. But thats a win for the fans because then there will be a discovery phase.

  13. patsardone says:
    March 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    calizcowboyz says:
    Jones = SPINE.

    If by SPINE you mean keeping an incompetent coach for years and only winning two playoff games in the past 20 years…I agree with you 100%

    You mad bro? Jerry has THREE RINGS! Whats your team have…. ? And you talking coaching??? Garrett was Nfl Coach Of The Year JUST last year! And what has this to do with ANYTHING about you or your LACK of a owner having a spine?

  14. Left wing fascism has even penetrated our sports. Not a coincidence that ratings are down. I sure don’t watch as much football as I did five years ago, and it is all because of Goodell and his cabal of social justice morons.

  15. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expected a different result…… thy name is jerry jones

  16. Like Goodell can actually be objective in this case, considering it was his contract extension is what he was after. No way this is a fair hearing; just put some gloves on and start hitting one another is what they should do.

  17. So the woman who accused Zeke was not required to testify under oath… but Jerry is?

    Yeah, this is “frontier justice, Big Shield style”.

  18. Of course Goodell is going to rule in favor of Goodell. This is what makes Jones behavior last year so incredibly stupid. The guy’s a clown and a hypocrite (he didn’t complain when Roger railroaded other teams before the Cowboys). Goodell is capricious at best and duplicitous at worst. Pointing out that Jones is a doofus is in no way a defense of Roger. They’re both bad in different ways.

  19. We live in society where nearly everything and anything can be litigated.
    Jones has got the deep pockets to take this as far as he wants to.
    And he is just the kind of guy who would.
    I suspect he will make it known that this will end up in court before he forks over a nickel.

  20. For such an irrelevent franchise people on the internet sure can’t wait to talk about the Cowboys. Cowboys not winning anything in decades are still significantly more important and relevent than every other franchise in the league lol!

  21. Tell me what Jerry did that was any different than what Kraft did. In
    fact Kraft actually had his counsel file am amicus brief with the appellate
    court. That is much more than what the Cowboys did.
    Also not sure after Jerry was added to the committee then
    summarily fired from the committee why his threat with no
    action is subject to a fine.
    I’m sure Goodell has already written his decision. Why even
    have a hearing?
    In the Elliot case the accuser was interviewed 6 Times by the
    investigator who then advised the panel “ there was insufficient
    evidence to corroborate the victims version of events”. That’s the
    findings of the only person from the NFL who had any face to
    face contact with Elliot’s accuser.
    Why even have the accuser interviewed?

  22. As a Redskins fan I despise both Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder.

    Having said that, those 2 should have burried the NFL with the collision case surrounding their “uncapped year” penalty. We would all be better off from it.

  23. As long as Mara isn’t judge and executioner.
    Years ago he headed a committee that figured that Washington and Dallas spent too much in an upcapped season and fined them 36 and 10 million respectively.
    And Mara’s tram is a rival of the Redskins and Cowboys…go figure!!’

  24. This guy expresses the idiom that money doesn’t bring happiness. I’d rather stay happy at my average salary then be as wealthy as him and have little happiness.

  25. calizcowboyz says:
    And you talking coaching??? Garrett was Nfl Coach Of The Year JUST last year!

    How did that work out?

    Also:
    You must be old if you remembered the cowboys winning a ring.

  26. alizcowboyz says:
    The NFL is BETTER with Jerry! Boy YOU SHEEP would just keep bending over and over and over!! Maybe YOU bow to roger and HE knows that YOU are HIS puppet!

    I love the subtle use of caps…you sir, are a wordsmith.

  27. Spygate, much like Deflategate, was based completely on proven facts. There was no bias, no predetermined outcome. Just a fair and just investigation that lead to the offenders being rightly punished.

  28. Gee.

    After the estrangement between Jones and Goodell, wouldn’t you think Goodell would recuse himself?

    If not, grounds for action.

    Big time.

  29. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    March 4, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Spygate, much like Deflategate, was based completely on proven facts. There was no bias, no predetermined outcome. Just a fair and just investigation that lead to the offenders being rightly punished.
    ____________________________________________________________

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! ROTFLMAO. That’s a riot!!! …. Oh…wait…you were serious?!

  30. Don’t bother making Jerrah feel bad about his poor decision to keep JG as HC. Jerrah thinks he is a bonafide GM. Since JG is a “yes” man, Jerrah makes all the decisions without any interference. For Jerrah, it’s a no-brainer to keep this HC.

  31. You make it sound like he hasn’t already felt NFL “justice”, when of course he has with the ridiculous uncapped-year punishment and the trumped-up Elliott suspension. This will just be 3 for 3 on BS penalties.

    Most of the owners in the league are jealous losers, the classic “born on 3rd base and think they hit a triple” type, with Mara being exhibit A of that ilk. They’ll always resent anyone who reminds them of their own mediocrity.

  32. This whole thing is pathetic to air the NFL’s ‘dirty laundry’ and attack one of it’s own. Mr. Jone’s protest should have been handled quietly within the leagues walls. This is Goodell’s liberal, dirty, style of ‘political correctness’ which further splits league unity and divides owners against each other. Condelisa Rice, as commissioner, would have handled this and other issues much more professionally. Goodell is a phony and his actions have and are leading to the further downfall of the NFL. Goodell’s got his money. He’s no leader that all owners respect. How can he get such a fat contract when he continues to mis-manage the NFL? If I see him ‘sucking up’ to the draftees on the stage in Dallas, I’m turning it off.

  33. If the NFL wants to hurt Jones the most they should take high draft picks away from his team.

  34. LOL. Jerry Jones rallied against the Jets and New England so this is great karma. He loved stomping on Brady for “deflategate” and acted like he’s some guy who cares so much about morality and integrity. He also went after NY for “tampering” like it doesn’t happen every year, look at the surrogates recruiting Kirk Cousins.

  35. while its nice to see the law somewhat enforced, i wouldnt call it justice. to get real justice mr goodell should have the ability to pursue capitol punishment gainst oweners who get out of line. its the only way.

  36. jimnaizeeum says:
    March 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm
    calizcowboyz says:
    And you talking coaching??? Garrett was Nfl Coach Of The Year JUST last year!

    How did that work out?

    Also:
    You must be old if you remembered the cowboys winning a ring.
    —————————————————-
    There are 11 teams with a longer SB droughts than Dallas. That includes 2 teams that have never won one. When people mention this about the Cowboys and not the Lions or Browns (>50 years) or others, it just shows that Dallas is in people’s heads. That is all.
    The Cowboys live in your head. You simply cannot stand to hear about them yet your so fixated it drives you crazy. You keep asking yourself the same question and the answer is: Yes, you are inferior.

  37. notlistinin says:
    March 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    jimnaizeeum says:
    March 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm
    calizcowboyz says:
    And you talking coaching??? Garrett was Nfl Coach Of The Year JUST last year!

    How did that work out?

    Also:
    You must be old if you remembered the cowboys winning a ring.
    —————————————————-
    There are 11 teams with a longer SB droughts than Dallas. That includes 2 teams that have never won one. When people mention this about the Cowboys and not the Lions or Browns (>50 years) or others, it just shows that Dallas is in people’s heads. That is all.
    The Cowboys live in your head. You simply cannot stand to hear about them yet your so fixated it drives you crazy. You keep asking yourself the same question and the answer is: Yes, you are inferior.

    BRO, TOY WITH THEM BEFORE YOU “EAT THEM”!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. They HATE Caps for some reason! ………. . . . . . . . . .

  38. rho1953 says:
    March 4, 2018 at 4:27 pm
    Left wing fascism has even penetrated our sports. Not a coincidence that ratings are down. I sure don’t watch as much football as I did five years ago, and it is all because of Goodell and his cabal of social justice morons

    ————————

    Cool story bro thanks

  39. I simply love it how all the fanboys here know more about the NFL and running mega companies than Jones and Goodell. You kids are fantastic! Would love to read your resumes.

  40. It’s a business. Someday you might understand that, but I highly doubt it. What is the issue here?

  41. I think this whole deal has been setup.

    Everyone was talking about anthem protests and Trump twitter fights. Jerry started yapping and into it with Goodell over the Zeke suspension and his contract. Threatening lawsuits and blocking his deal. Everyone starts to focus on the Jones vs Goodell fight and quits talking about the other stuff.

    Jones took one for the team on this one and a token fine just makes it more real. Distraction to distract from the distraction.

  42. To truly understand how Goodell is so inconsistent one needs to watch the movie Being John Malkovich.

  43. It’s great to see jones be the victem of the dame petty jealousy that he and others instigated multiple times against the patriots. But they all better come to their senses and get rid of goodell and his s.o.p. of just making up the rules as he goes.

  44. Dak’s best season is going to be his rookie season but will still get a monster contract from Jerry.

    He can’t throw from the pocket and disciplined defenses keep him from rolling out. If the Giants field a competitive team this year the Cowboys won’t make the playoffs. Zeke is a monster but the current oline can’t open the holes that the 2016 team did.

  45. floriosbaldspot says:
    March 4, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    All hail Goodell Castro. this is just an ego stroke. Screw Sheriff Goodell and screw Jerry Jones. How do we get rid of both them?
    ************

    It’s easy, drop the NFL like I did.

  46. Jerrah probably thinks that he can get away with it because, as an uber wealthy Texan, he’s allowed to do whatever he wants because of Affluenza.

  47. Like him or not, Jerry is the closest thing we have to Al Davis nowadays. The only one acting as a “checks and balances” of sorts to try and keep the NFL somewhat in place. Kraft had a chance to go for it and punted. I don’t care if his motivations are selfish, I hope Jerry wins this one and puts a few dings and dents in the Shield.

  48. Jerry thought he was more important, the other NFL owners are reminding him he’s not. It’s fun watching Jerry get taken down a notch by the other owners. They’ve been waiting to do this for some time.

  49. What this amounts to is punishment for trying rail in Goodell. If Goodell was smart he would let sleeping dogs sleep. I hope Jones wins this one because the way Goodell and the league handled Brady and Elliott was despicable. Goodell deserved to be fired. He certainly does not deserve a raise!

  50. Goodell has run this league like a dictator and despite him the league has grown until a year ago. The Owners made a huge mistake giving him another contract and they will pay the price. I have always despised Jones but the way Goodell runs this show i have to agree with Jerry.

  51. There’s some nuance to the uncapped year penalties. While there was no salary cap that year, the owners agreed to act as if there still was one, since they anticipated it would be coming back. If you want to argue that was collusion, I’m not going to argue, but that’s not what the Redskins and Cowboys were penalized for.

    One of the things the owners agreed to was that they would not dump signing bonuses into the uncapped year. What happened before and after the uncapped year was that, hypothetically, if a player signed a 4 year contract with a $10 million signing bonus, the cap hit for the bonus would be spread out as a $2.5 million cap hit each year of the deal. Dallas and Washington counted the entire $10 million in the uncapped year, which resulted in no cap hit in years 2-4 of the deal. This would give them more cap room when the new CBA was signed and the salary cap came back.

    If every team operated that way during the uncapped year, then the Cowboys and Redskins could argue that they were unfairly singled out for punishment. As it turned out, they were the only two teams who structured their contracts that way, hence the penalties.

  52. if i were jerry i would supena ole roger and tell him i was gonna make the transcript public. bet this whole thing would go away in one second. where was ole rog when kraft pulled his stubb or irsay got hammered for dui and pills? you jump on jerry but at least he fights back against the corruption in the fo.

  53. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:

    March 4, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Spygate, much like Deflategate, was based completely on proven facts. There was no bias, no predetermined outcome. Just a fair and just investigation that lead to the offenders being rightly punished.

    =========

    Now that was funny.

  54. aarons444 says:

    March 5, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Don’t worry Jerrah.

    They didn’t boot Belicheat or Tom Terrific for their shenanigans.. you’re safe.

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

    The better example would be the Colts or Giants who actually admitted to ball tampering.

  55. Umm…..Jones did not cause the NFL to spend $2M on legal fees. Roger Goodell caused the NFL to spend $2M on legal fees. He pays Pash as much as Belichick makes, and then has built a kingdom of yes men and women in the league office. If that group of people has no idea how to administer the policies and agreements of the NFL, then what are they there for? Jones is right by challenging this cadre of thieves. He should show up with a check for $300 to cover court costs, and tell Roger to pick up the rest for his decision to spend the $2M on other people to do the job of the people already on the payroll.

  56. The perfect punishment would not be a fine, or reimbursement, but a requirement of Jones that he cannot do any media, period. He’d be annoyed with that, guaranteed. A fine or reimbursement isn’t going to bother him.

  57. Most of you guys are letting your dislike of Jerry and the Boyz to cloud your judgement.
    This is not about Jerry or the Cowboys.
    This is about NFL mob mentality proving once again that the NFL is not ruled by law.
    Anyone who truly loves football will see past Jerry Jones and smell the sewage.
    We are the financiers of football.
    The NFL flaunts their disrespect of the fans.
    Wise up guys.

  58. The better example would be the Colts or Giants who actually admitted to ball tampering.
    ======

    Denial.

    Not just a river in Egypt anymore.

  59. aarons444 says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:22 am
    The better example would be the Colts or Giants who actually admitted to ball tampering.
    ======

    Denial.

    Not just a river in Egypt anymore.
    ====================================
    There’s always hanging your hat on the fact Goodell didn’t lie. Please pass the oar. 🙂

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