According to a report in the Washington Post, the NFL is accusing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of conduct detrimental to the league and some owners are considering disciplinary action against him.
At issue is Jones’ continued efforts to block an expected contract extension for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Jones has threatened to sue the NFL and has refused to back down in attempts to obstruct the extension, which has been discussed by the league’s compensation committee.
The league sent a letter to Jones’ lawyer, David Boies, who Jones hired to represent him in a possible suit against the NFL. The letter says that Jones’ “antics” are “damaging the League and reflect conduct detrimental to the League’s best interests.”
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The disciplinary actions include a fine, suspension or loss off a draft pick or picks by the Cowboys, the report said.
“With due respect, we urge Mr. Jones to drop his misguided litigation threats and media campaign to undermine the Committee’s mandate,” said the letter sent from NFL attorney Brad S. Karp to Boies, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post.
“We urge Mr. Jones to honor the resolution that he and his fellow owners adopted and allow the Committee to continue its work, in compliance with the May 2017 Resolution and the League Constitution. And we urge Mr. Jones to support the Committee’s deliberations, not attempt to sabotage them.”
Early this week, Jones reiterated that he would continue to fight the Goodell extension.
He scoffed at a report of the league considering taking the Cowboys away from him.
“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.
Jones also disputed a report in The New York Times saying that the compensation committee, led by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, issued a cease-and-desist warning to Jones regarding his conduct on Goodell’s extension. The league could discipline Jones several ways 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.
Apparently, the letter went to his lawyer.
Jones also said that he has garnered support in slowing the Goodell extension talks 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 compensation committee the power to negotiate with Goodell. The committee and Goodell are working on an extension that would take him through 2024.