Jones is reportedly making a strong play against the commissioner.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly escalating his feud with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
According to the New York Times, Jones is threatening to sue the league and some fellow team owners over negotiations to extend Goodell’s contract.
Jones allegedly told six owners at the NFL’s compensation committee that he had hired David Boies, a high-profile lawyer linked to Harvey Weinstein.
From the report:
Jones said in a conference call last Thursday with the six owners — those of the Chiefs, Falcons, Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Texans — that legal papers were drawn up and would be served this Friday if the committee did not scrap its plans to extend Goodell’s contract.
The feud between Jones and Goodell originated from the commissioner’s suspending of Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys’ star running back, who was accused of domestic violence by his former girlfriend. Elliott avoided charges from the state regarding the incident, but still received a six-game suspension from the commissioner.
Jones has been vocal in his displeasure of Goodell’s choice to suspend Elliott and has called the suspension an “overcorrection.” Many viewed Jones’s statement as a shot at Goodell who has been criticized in recent years for his handling of player discipline.
Goodell is up for a new contract in 2018.