Owners rebuke Jones for detrimental conduct

NFL Discusses Removal Of Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, Says He's “Damaging The League” — Report

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones momentarily stepped away from his fight against a proposed contract extension for National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, in order to apologize for a racially insensitive comment made four years ago.

Jones threatened to sue the league as well as individual owners in an attempt to slow discussions on Goodell's new contract - other owners could certainly argue that such lawsuits are detrimental to the NFL.

It was revealed last weekend that Goodell requested a salary of approximately $49.5 million, a private jet and lifetime health insurance of his family last August.

Jones wrote a letter to Goodell Thursday, seeking to have a special owners' meeting scheduled for November 28 in NY.

Jones is now carrying out an attack on Goodell, seeking to halt a contract extension and threatening legal action against other owners.

The feeling among some owners is that Jones' beef with Goodell stems from the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott, but Jones insists it's about bigger-picture issues such as declining television ratings and sponsors' consternation with the commissioner's handling of player protests. The quote also seems to confirm the recent report from Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Jones believes Goodell lied to Jones by saying Elliott wouldn't be suspended.

With that context, there is no legitimate basis for Mr. Jones to circulate to the full ownership a three-month-old document from a consultant to the Committee - a document that Mr. Jones personally knows to be an outdated, historical artifact of no relevance whatsoever in the context of these lengthy negotiations.

"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.

Other NFL owners sent Jerry Jones a letter calling his actions "detrimental to the league's best interests".

This back-and-forth is the latest episode in the contentious feud between Jones and his fellow owners regarding Goodell's tenure and compensation.

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