Report: Jerry Jones reimbursed NFL for over $2M in legal fees

AP

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had a hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week about the league’s demand that Jones reimburse more than $2 million in legal fees incurred during the Ezekiel Elliott suspension litigation.

The league cited an obligation for teams to repay the league if they offer “substantial assistance” to a third party engaged in litgation with the league while the Cowboys argued that they were merely observers in the Elliott matter. The demand came at Goodell’s discretion and any ruling on Jones’ appeal was also for Goodell to decide.

The league issued a statement closing the matter on Wednesday: “After a hearing with the Commissioner and the Finance Committee, the matter of the reimbursement of legal fees has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.”

The league did not say what the resolution of the matter was, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jones paid the more than $2 million in fees sought by the league. Whether Jones was really satisfied by that outcome is for him to say, but his appeal of the initial ruling suggests he was hoping for a different outcome when things got underway.

50 responses to “Report: Jerry Jones reimbursed NFL for over $2M in legal fees

  1. This whole ordeal must have been a huge blow to Jerry’s ego. Goodell made him lose and then spit on him while Jerry was down.

  2. I was hoping it would go to court because the discovery phase would have been such a blast. But oh well, like sands through the hourglass, thus go the days of our lives.

  3. Doesn’t sound like an appeal hearing if the finance committee was present. They probably threatened (or offered more business to) some of JJ’s other cash cow businesses that mint $$$ from suite and ticket sales for other franchises, etc. While JJ had some extremely valid points relating to the Goodell extension, cash is still king to him.

  4. Goodell is not on my list of good guys, but he’s not what so manyh on this site make him out to be.
    Goodell doesn’t like it when people lie to him. That’s the one real common thread through all these disciplinary events. Saints lied, Pats (especially Brady) lied, Jones lied; all of them tried to weasel out from under situations they had contributed to.
    If they’d owned up things would have settled for a relatively light slap on the wrist punishment.
    I learned that lesson when I was about 5.

  5. I am no fan of the Cowboys, but this rule has been in place for 20 years so Jones knew exactly what he was doing, which was standing up for his star player no matter the cost. It’s a smart move because if he wins then he looks great and if he loses, well then current and future Cowboys players know the big boss has their back. Plus what is 2 million to Jerry Jones?

  6. Not a Cowboys fan, in fact have disliked them forever, but
    this is just wrong. It smells of retaliation against Jerruh
    for having the gall to challenge Goodell’s contract extension.

    It’s the Commish pushing his weight around, and marking his
    territory now that he was extended. Seeking payback shows
    that he can’t rise above his insecurity and pettiness.
    It’s a bad look for the league and the head offices.

    Cowboys are lucky it didn’t cost them any draft picks.
    Boys fans who were chuckling when Goodell was screwing over
    other teams, but didn’t speak up… how you chuckling now ?

  7. silverhat78 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    In a way Goodell works for the owners. Jerrah will not forget this one. Sounds like a behinds the scene power struggle

    In a way? Thats exactly what he does for all the owners. Jerry tried going rogue and was neutered by the collective group.

  8. There’s an old saying ‘YOU MAKE YOUR OWN BED,…. YOU SLEEP IN IT”.
    This is Jerry’s own makings and he was obligated to cover those legal expenses.
    He’s should feel lucky they didn’t ask for more in punitive damages. Heck, Goddell should charge the $2 mil to his teams salary cap.

  9. First, the Commish upholds the Elliot suspension. Then, he says “hey remember that controversial play from a few years ago that could’ve put your team in the NFC Championship game? Yeah, you were right, it was a catch. Oh well!” Now he’s making Jones pay $2million. What’s he gonna do next?!

  10. Jerry, was all “Law and Order” and “keep your house clean” during deframegate…now Jones must reap what he has sown…clown.

    Is there a more dis-likable team than the Cowgirls? And is there bigger hypocrite than Jones?
    (Rhetorical questions)

  11. His own legal fees to fight it would have been more than that. Take the easy smart least expensive way out. Or pay 3 million to save 2?

  12. Jerry the Genius – Owner of a 6+ Billion spots franchise – most valued of all sports and will make that back when the draft arrives next month estimated profits to the organization and city of Dallas / Frisco 100 + million.

    Draft costs roughly 25 million to showcase with the NFL paying 20 million and private investors paying the other 5 million – that fine just came off the NFL’s part.

    Jerry the Genius.

  13. stexan says:
    March 7, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Goodell doesn’t like it when people lie to him. That’s the one real common thread through all these disciplinary events.
    ___________________________________________

    On the other hand when he is the one doing the lying…all good.

  14. Really don’t like Jerra but really hate the fact that Goddell is so evil that he makes me side with Jerra. I can just see Jerra laughing when he left the NY offices. He will make up the $2m, 10 fold and make the NFL nuts when he does it. I remember when Coca Cola was the official drink of the NFL. Jerra went out and signed a huge deal with Pepsi Cola through the Texas Stadium entity. Got paid by both. Trust me, he will get back at them.

  15. Roger Goodell is the employee of 32 owners, 31 of which did not like having 1 threaten to sue them- so they had their employee go after the 1 for conduct detrimental to the league, which it certainly was. The 31 owners won, the 1 owner lost. Goodell is the guy they pay to carry out their punishment.

  16. I wonder what Jerry gets in this trade. I’m being totally serious, though. Anyone that thinks this wasn’t a form of trade hasn’t been paying attention. Since the NFL has now succeeded in shaking him down I have to wonder whether that buys him a few years of “protection” slash lack of being hassled? The team has been crushed by bogus claims by the league office, this is now the third that we know of (the “silent cap” penalties and the Ezekiel Elliott suspension/character assassination), but I have to believe the $2 million goes a long way towards postponing the fourth. I wonder if Roger or Mara will turn their focus elsewhere? We’ll know soon enough

  17. I wonder if the owners will split the winnings, or if it all goes to Roger’s yearly “performance” bonus?

  18. exinsidetrader says: “Giving Roger an extension when he should have been fired for incompetence was a HUGE mistake.”
    ————————-

    Let’s see – gets Fox Sports to pay $660 Million for TNF, when the last year’s contract was only $450m. Dumps Papa John’s pizza as a sponsor and then signs a longer, more lucrative contract with Pizza Hut.

    Something tells me he understands the business world a lot better than the “exinsidetrader”…

  19. Ken Davis says:
    March 7, 2018 at 5:59 pm
    Really don’t like Jerra but really hate the fact that Goddell is so evil that he makes me side with Jerra. I can just see Jerra laughing when he left the NY offices. He will make up the $2m, 10 fold and make the NFL nuts when he does it. I remember when Coca Cola was the official drink of the NFL. Jerra went out and signed a huge deal with Pepsi Cola through the Texas Stadium entity. Got paid by both. Trust me, he will get back at them.

    Yeah if you believe Jerry was laughing when he left i have a bridge i want to sell you. Jerry lost in all 3 battles… Elliot suspension, Goodells new contract, and the attorneys fees. Its all about ego with him and the owners and Goodell are the ones laughing.

  20. stexan says:
    March 7, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    Goodell is not on my list of good guys, but he’s not what so manyh on this site make him out to be.
    Goodell doesn’t like it when people lie to him. That’s the one real common thread through all these disciplinary events. Saints lied, Pats (especially Brady) lied, Jones lied; all of them tried to weasel out from under situations they had contributed to.
    If they’d owned up things would have settled for a relatively light slap on the wrist punishment.
    I learned that lesson when I was about 5.

    ————–

    Goodell lies more than anyone…and he doesn’t even try to disguise it

  21. dodirty12 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    The NFL is a joke. How you gone pay back legal fees when you didn’t sue
    the league.

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    Uh, one doesn’t have to go to court to rack up huge lawyers fees.

  22. It’s in the NFL owner’s bylaws. If you bring a case against the NFL or another owner or cowners and you LOSE you pay all fees including the prevailing side’s legal fees. SO all Godell did was enact the bylaw.

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