“I’ve had not one, not one, inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous,” Jones said on his 105.3 The Fan radio show Tuesday.
“If somebody is asserting that or thinking about that kind of thing, they’re not knowledgeable on how things work in the NFL.”
The notion surfaced in a ProFootballTalk.com story suggesting the league could have a “nuclear option” to force Jones to sell the Cowboys, although it noted it’d be highly unlikely for the league to go down that road.
But that’s how contentious things have gotten between the owners over Goodell’s extension. Jones has threatened to sue the league if the six-member compensation committee doesn’t seek approval among the other owners for Goodell’s extension.
The compensation committee’s chairman, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and Jones did not meet or even exchange pleasantries during the Cowboys’ latest road game.
“We didn’t and, frankly, hadn’t planned to,” Jones said.
Jones also disputed a report in The New York Times saying a cease-and-desist warning was issued to him regarding his conduct on Goodell’s extension. The league could discipline Jones in several manners such as fines, docking draft picks or even a suspension.
“I have had communication with the committee chairman (Blank), but other than that I’ve had no notice or anything,” Jones said.
Jones went on to say that he has garnered support in slowing the Goodell extension talks down from owners who are also not on the compensation committee.
“I speak to a lot of owners and I know them to be really supportive of the idea of being able to, on their part, see what guide and give input to the committee, particularly the chairman,” Jones said. “I have well over half this league that is very interested in, not only being a part of what is negotiated, but having it come back to them for approval.”
The owners voted 32-0 in May to grant the committee the power to negotiate with Goodell. The committee and Goodell are working on an extension that would take him through 2024.
But Jones reiterated that there should be no rush to extend Goodell, particularly given the league’s current issues whether it relates to TV ratings, player protests during the national anthem or discipline.
“Roger has almost 18 months (left before the contract expires),” Jones said. “We’ve got all the time in the world to evaluate what we’re doing. We’ve got all the time in the world to extend him. We need to slow this train down.”