NFL accuses Cowboys owner of engaging in conduct detrimental to the league

Arnold Nichols
November 18, 2017

The NFL has no shortage of issues plaguing it publicly and internally, from the national anthem protests to the ongoing revelations about brain damage among players. but if this story is any indication, the league is about to have a real big Jerry Jones problem on their hands.

This is getting good between the National Football League and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, expanding into more than just a an individual match with commissioner Roger Goodell and the fate of his contract extension.

While Jones and Goodell have once again made some headlines due to the commissioner's potential contract extension, the response the Cowboys owner gave upon first learning of Elliott's suspension might explain the most recent spat.

The letter accuses Jones of sabotaging the negotiations in the latest round of the escalating feud between Jones and Goodell. In a counterproposal, Goodell's lawyer reportedly asked for $49.05 million per year. The meeting, Jones wrote, would be to address the negotiations of Goodell's contract extension, oversight of the compensation committee and a date for all owners to vote on Goodell's contract.

Goodell's contract expires at the end of the 2018 season. Elliott ended his legal fight on Wednesday with five games remaining.

"I don't know where this is coming from about stripping him of his franchise", the owner said Thursday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the threat of litigation by Jones. "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".

As Ken Belson reported for the New York Times, Jones received a letter from other owners calling his "antics" damaging to the NFL and "conduct detrimental to the league's best interests", a sign from other NFL owners that they will not back down to Jones' threats.

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