Jerry Jones gets his hour in the court of Roger Goodell

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When Commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t running a 40-yard dash in the hallway at 345 Park Avenue (his official time was 5.41 seconds, according to the most important person in the process — the one who starts and stops the clock), Goodell was flying to Palm Beach for a hearing in the effort to recover more than $2 million in legal fees from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

According to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, the session lasted for an hour. The hearing happened in Palm Beach because Goodell and multiple owners will be engaged in meetings in preparation for the NFL’s annual meetings, which start on March 25 in Orlando.

On Monday, NFL Media reported that the appeal included an affidavit and wire transfers from one of Ezekiel Elliott‘s lawyers aimed at proving Jones didn’t pay for any of Elliott’s legal fees. Cowboys general counsel Jason Cohen also filed a declaration (an unsworn affidavit) with testimony that supported Elliott’s effort to block his six-game suspension pending a final court ruling on whether the suspension should be overturned; via NFL Media, Elliott’s legal team downplayed the testimony as not vital to the litigation.

But that’s not the standard. Under Resolution FC-6, the obligation to reimburse the NFL and/or other clubs for legal fees arises when a team provides “substantial assistance” to a third party in litigation against the league. As noted by Bell, the league believes that Jones and the Cowboys crossed the line from “observer” to helper. And it’s for Goodell, the person Jones essentially wanted to oust from his job, to decide whether whatever the Cowboys did constituted substantial assistance.

Goodell also will decide whether threatening litigation over Goodell’s contract extension is the same as “initiating” litigation. Anyone who has any understanding of the legal system knows that the two concepts are vastly different. But Goodell will be making the decision — and as his past rulings have shown, he doesn’t really have any understanding of the legal system.

Maybe Goodell will try to come off as merciful by splitting the baby and making Jones pay only the bill for the Elliott litigation. But since Goodell already has decided to whack Jones for both, a retreat on appeal will make him look wishy-washy. More importantly, it will open him up to gripes and complaints from owners who want to see Jones fully punished for his antics last year.

48 responses to “Jerry Jones gets his hour in the court of Roger Goodell

  1. I’m not sure why Jerry bothered, Roger has already proven that
    facts don’t matter in any case.

  2. If the owners don’t like the way the rule is written, not very specific, they can change it with a vote. They want the ability to do this and Goodell is enacting their will after Jerry acted like an ass all of last year.

    The problem is, and the owners know this, that many people can’t see past Goodell to see what is really happening. If they hired a new commissioner in December he would still be presiding over this case and everyone would be complaining about how he is the worst commissioner ever.

  3. I’m no fan of Jerry Jones or the Cowboys, but I will defend anyone I think is being wronged. To me, Jerry Jones is being wronged by this tyrant of a Commissioner. If I were Jones, I’d tell Commissioner Goodell where he could stick his fine.
    The flimsy evidence they had on Ezekiel Elliott was an indication of how out of control Goodell is. I cannot believe that the owners wanted Goodell back as Commissioner in the first place. He has made so many mistakes and even outright lied, too.
    I bet if Al Davis were still alive, he’d be solidly in Jones’ corner on this one. But none of the other owners have the guts to do that.
    Goodell has repeatedly shown that he thinks he’s a dictator. But what he really is is a rat. Even now, he’s conspiring with a small group of owners to hammer Jones.
    I thought the worst Commissioner in major American sports was Bud Selig because he stood back with the baseball owners and the Players Association and let the dough roll in while the sport and its historical records were being obliterated by cheaters on PED’s. They all knew what was going on, but all they cared about was the money. The result is, baseball’s once sacred records mean nothing now.
    But Goodell is even worse than Selig was. He is so phony when he walks, he squeaks.
    I hope Jones sues him and the other owners if Goodell fines him. It’s about time Goodell got slapped down and put in his place.

  4. I am an Eagles fan and cannot stand Jerra. However, this is just an abuse of power by Goodell plain and simple. They should settle this quietly. Basically, the NFL is it’s own worst enemy by keeping all of this in the spotlight. All because they want to set some deterrent which may work on all the other owners but clearly not on Jerra.

  5. Jones went against his fellow NFL Franchise owners and their designated Commissioner Roger Goodell, who may come off like a dictator but he’s not. Goodell is doing what most of the owners want done. Goodell has the pulse of all the NFL Franchise owners. That’s why the truth is what Roger Goodell says it is!

  6. No owner, none, would be making as much money as they do from their NFL franchises if it weren’t for Jerry Jones. They should be thanking him and not going after him. How long before Goodell goes after one of them as judge and jury? I don’t get it.

  7. Why is Goddell such an evil man? I just don’t understand what drives him. This is an unprecedented move (as was suspending a patently innocent man while ignoring all factual evidence). But the question still remains… Why?

  8. But since Goodell already has decided to whack Jones for both, a retreat on appeal will make him look wishy-washy.
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    Wishy washy is GODell’s entire MO. There is not now nor has there ever been any semblance of fair and consistent discipline come out of the NFL office !!

  9. More importantly, it will open him up to gripes and complaints from owners who want to see Jones fully punished for his antics last year.
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    More importantly, it will open him up to gripes and complaints from Goodell’s BFF John Mara who wants to see Jones fully punished for his antics last year.

    Fixed it for you

  10. This entire affair appears rigged to induce fear into any owner who even thinks about going up against Roger the Dodger. The issue of $2M is not really a consequence for Jones, as that is pocket change for such a successful businessman. But the implications of actually even insinuating that Goodell needs to be replaced have long reaching consequences…and Roger will now press that idea forward. Goodell is the weak link in a giant financial enterprise…and the NFL owners should consider that if they expect to keep fleecing the public for years to come.

  11. If Goodell rules against Jones and Jones digs in and refuses to accept that (I csn easily see both things happening) it then has to go to court. That means there will be a discovery phase, something that would be a hoot for us fans to watch but in reality is something I would think Goodell is never going to allow come to pass. And there lies Jones’s leverage to get Goodell to decide to ‘appear merciful’ (have the whole thing end with wording that allows for face saving on both sides) instead of dropping the hammer like we all know he wants to. So this will be interesting, too bad we wont get to see the conversation behind closed doors but we will be able to get the gist of who threatened what based on what comes out.

  12. Since Jones has already paid 1/32 of the legal fees and since Roger wasted over $20mil on Deflategate and even more on other bungled investigations, Goodell is lucky Jones doesn’t ask for Roger to reimburse the NFL.

  13. I feel sorry for Goodell for a change. I heard that Jerry Jones played a full game of bumper bowling and scored a 7.

  14. “But Goodell will be making the decision — and as his past rulings have shown, he doesn’t really have any understanding of the legal system.

    Amen, Mike. Amen.

  15. NYneal, after Jones’ support and encouragement of Goodell in the FrameGate fiasco I would say Mr. Jones is getting exactly what Mr. Jones deserves. In fact….not nearly enough.

  16. While Goodell may not have a law degree or a full understanding of the legal system, he does seem to continue to win these cases. Just look at Article 46 of the labor agreement. That article has been (allegedly) in the labor agreement for decades and Goodell found a way to enforce it and thus exert total control over the players. He may just prove able to do the same with Resolution FC-6.

    As truthinesshurts stated above — “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; and this I know, my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins.”

    William Pitt

    Goodell is looking to change his Commissioner title to that of Dictator of the NFL.

  17. …”and as his past rulings have shown, he doesn’t really have any understanding of the legal system.”
    ————————

    Considering that Goodell is on a VERY long winning streak in court battles (Elliott, Brady, Adrien Peterson, Concussion settlement, etc.), I would think he has a perfect understanding of the legal system…

    Seriously, that comment makes no sense unless just to rile up readers.

  18. I’d like to see Jerry fight this all the way. It would be interesting if the NFL tried to take the franchise from him. That would be a real popcorn moment!

  19. @ 700levelvet,

    Mediocre you say, yet you can’t stop salivating over any Cowboys story. Your level of obsession with Jerry is pretty sad.

  20. @akira554,

    Roger’s “court” isn’t anything like the legal system where facts actually matter. Roger comes up with whatever he wants because he has no checks and balances. Sadly, Jerry was the only one with the guts to call him on it. Kraft rolled over like a dog regarding Brady’s 4 game suspension, but there was evidence of wrongdoing with Brady, whereas Elliott’s case had zero evidence.

    In the end, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and we are seeing it in Goodell and his “rulings”.

  21. akira554 says:

    March 6, 2018 at 10:31 am

    …”and as his past rulings have shown, he doesn’t really have any understanding of the legal system.”
    ————————

    Considering that Goodell is on a VERY long winning streak in court battles (Elliott, Brady, Adrien Peterson, Concussion settlement, etc.), I would think he has a perfect understanding of the legal system…

    Seriously, that comment makes no sense unless just to rile up readers.

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

    To be fair, the “winning” streak” was riddled with lower court losses and venue shopping.

    All of Goodell’s “wins” stem from a CBA that gives him idiot proof power in the courts. He’s perjured himself in at least twice in these investigations (once on the stand in Rice case, and his lawyers did in Brady case). He’s no legal mastermind, he benefits from a weak CBA.

  22. The real reason for the meeting was to dispute the claim that Jerry actually ran a 5.39 in the 40 which caused Roger to question the veracity of the time keepers and has now kicked off 40gate – Ted Wells in en-route to FL as we speak.

  23. jsrdc says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:13 am
    @akira554,

    but there was evidence of wrongdoing with Brady, whereas Elliott’s case had zero evidence.

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    Actually it is just the opposite. With Brady, they did not even have any evidence that man-made ball deflation actually occurred…..let alone that somehow Brady was involved in it. With Elliott, a woman existed with photographic evidence of abuse as well as having Elliott himself on tape pulling down a woman’s shirt in public.

  24. Now if only his face lift(s) would all drop while he is on the stand. It would be like watching eight airbags going off.

  25. Jerry’s reign of terror is over. He has betrayed the trust of his fellow owners and now he must pay. Goodell could have overlooked all of this but there are some owners who wanted him to follow through. Arthur Blank and some of the other owners pushed for this. Jerry just cut the check and give up. You have too many owners working against you.

  26. Funny how this all happened after he got a yellow jacket.
    Funny how people who cannot stand the Commissioner on this tie are suddenly defending him.
    Funny that Elliott made this mess for the Cowboys in the first place.

  27. Chill_Donahue says: “To be fair, the “winning” streak” was riddled with lower court losses and venue shopping.

    All of Goodell’s “wins” stem from a CBA that gives him idiot proof power in the courts.”
    ————————-

    Moral victories are meaningless as are 2nd-place trophies. The point is, Goodell and the NFL came out on top. Consistently too, which is embarassing for DeMaurice Smith. That CBA he negotiated was horrible for players and now a string of losing every court battle…

  28. nhpats says:
    March 6, 2018 at 11:35 am
    With Elliott, a woman existed with photographic evidence of abuse as well as having Elliott himself on tape pulling down a woman’s shirt in public.
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    The video of pulling the woman’s top down had nothing to do with the suspension Elliott received. As for the photographic evidence of abuse, there was also evidence that it wasn’t Elliott who caused it, and that the alleged victim was making a play to extort him by claiming he did.

  29. Everyone bashing Goodell are unaware that the other owners are the ones pissed at Jerry for his grandstanding and threats. Jerry may be biggest and richest in Dallas and bullies everyone around him. But, he’s going against peers who are just if not richer and more ruthless.

    Rumor is that Jerry tried to claim Affluenza because it’s legal in Texas.

  30. akira554 says:
    March 6, 2018 at 10:31 am
    …”and as his past rulings have shown, he doesn’t really have any understanding of the legal system.”
    ————————

    Considering that Goodell is on a VERY long winning streak in court battles (Elliott, Brady, Adrien Peterson, Concussion settlement, etc.), I would think he has a perfect understanding of the legal system…

    Seriously, that comment makes no sense unless just to rile up readers.

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    The thing is, Jones’s lawyers can demand records in discovery the no way Goodell would ever want handed to anyone (unless you think he has been aboveboard and honest in all his dealings). In this case Jones’s can start subpoenaing records from other owners too, and no way would they want to do that. So whether or not Goodell can win in court, the path to this particular victory has some traps in it.

    Also aside from not wanting internal NFL communications and records handed over, Goodell does not want to be in a position where Jones’s lawyers can question him under oath. He has only let himself testify under oath once and that went horribly for him. He wound up having to admit that he had been completely lying about having any evidrnce and as to what was said or took place during the arbitration process. And that was just an impartial judge doing the questions He does not want to testify under oath with the questions are coming from a high priced attourney that is being paid to take him apart.

  31. akira554 says:
    March 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    Chill_Donahue says: “To be fair, the “winning” streak” was riddled with lower court losses and venue shopping.

    All of Goodell’s “wins” stem from a CBA that gives him idiot proof power in the courts.”
    ————————-

    Moral victories are meaningless as are 2nd-place trophies. The point is, Goodell and the NFL came out on top. Consistently too, which is embarassing for DeMaurice Smith. That CBA he negotiated was horrible for players and now a string of losing every court battle…

    ———————
    Anything to do with Jones us not under the CBA.

  32. akira554 says:

    March 6, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Chill_Donahue says: “To be fair, the “winning” streak” was riddled with lower court losses and venue shopping.

    All of Goodell’s “wins” stem from a CBA that gives him idiot proof power in the courts.”
    ————————-

    Moral victories are meaningless as are 2nd-place trophies. The point is, Goodell and the NFL came out on top. Consistently too, which is embarassing for DeMaurice Smith. That CBA he negotiated was horrible for players and now a string of losing every court battle…

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

    Yea that’s my point, Goodell is no legal genius, he just was dealt a great hand with the CBA.

    And yet Goodell still got spanked on Bountygate.

  33. Goodell comes off as petty and lacking in any understanding of the legal cirmcumstances here. He has wasted countless millions of the owners money by bungling just about every invenstigation he’s taken on. But shrowded in the powerful CBA he could still get his way. Sad.

  34. Jerry Jones is a genius – With the draft in Dallas this April and the estimated revenue to be generated for the city and Cowboy organization to exceed 100 million – Jerry is sitting pretty. If Crook Goodell pushes the issue any fines will come off the 20 million plus that the NFL covers for the draft. The full cost of the event estimates at 25 million and the NFL covers 20 and private funding for the other 5 million.

    Jerry the Genius – owns the most valuable franchise in ALL of sports at 6 + billion and a Hall of Famer – just absolutely priceless!

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