Roger Goodell Asks Jerry Jones for Reimbursement over Public Criticism


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is set to fine Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for "millions of dollars" in the coming weeks over his attempts to block the commissioner's contract talks and his defense of Ezekiel Elliott a year ago, according to The New York Times.

It is not immediately known when the hearing would take place.

The punishment will be issued in the coming weeks by Goodell, who will declare that Jones's actions were detrimental to the league, which rarely shows such acute signs of acrimony among owners and the commissioner's office.

Rich and Ted discuss the fight between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The league will order Jones to pay all fees that the compensation committee incurred while legally defending itself from the longtime Cowboys owner's threats to sue over the extension of Goodell's contract.

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The root of the discipline was Jones' challenging of Goodell's contract extension and public opposition to the six-game suspension for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for violating the league's personal conduct policy. It has lingered on with Jones attempting legal action to prevent Goodell from securing a sizeable extension.

Van Natta and Wickersham had also reported Jones approached NFL investigator Lisa Friel at a hotel bar during the time of the NFL's annual league meeting in October 2016.

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Two other players - tackle Cordy Glenn and soon-to-be second-year receiver Zay Jones - also underwent respective surgeries, though McDermott provided the same outlook for that tandem as he did for Benjamin. And Commissioner Roger Goodell is sort of being the collections guy. In early November, Jones told the six owners on the committee that he had hired Boies and was prepared to take them to court to stop them from finalizing Goodell's deal. Jones reportedly personally lobbied Friel to be lenient toward Elliott, telling her: "I'm saying this as an owner". But in May, all 32 owners - including Jones - voted unanimously to leave that responsibility exclusively in the hands of the compensation committee. The $2 million sought is with regards to legal fees that the National Football League paid to defend lawsuits brought by Jones with regards to the case of Ezekiel Elliott and the renewal of Goodell's contract. This suggests that Goodell and the other owners may be trying to move him to the edges.

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