Buried in ESPN's report on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatening to sue the owners if Goodell's contract is extended (first reported by the New York Times on Wednesday) is a nugget about Goodell being "furious" over the owners' insistence that his new contract should be more performance-based.
Jones has hired lawyer David Boies, now under scrutiny for helping Harvey Weinstein amidst his sexual harassment scandal, according to the New York Times.
Jones is angry at Goodell for suspending Ezekiel Elliot and wants Goodell out. Jones is upset at how Goodell has handled Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott's suspension for a domestic violence incident last summer.
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Goodell now rakes in a whopping, $40 million annually under his current contract, but if Jones has his way, he'd better be putting some away in savings. Jones has been extremely pro-Goodell over the past few years, right up until the commish made a decision to suspend Elliott for six games.
Jones, who is not on the compensation committee but is one of the most powerful owners in the league, has expressed frustration over the NFL's pursuit of criminal matters with its own investigators.
Elliott has continued to play while the issue works its way through the courts, but Jones still seems to have turned on Goodell over the suspension.
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Jones has been at the center of multiple National Football League controversies over the past few months.
Schefter and Mortensen had also reported in October that Jones was the leading voice of a group of owners who wanted to delay Goodell's contract extension. Jones, by the way, owns more than 100 Papa John's franchises.
With several owners already siding with Jones (though not enough to form a majority), Goodell should be happy with just about whatever he gets, frankly. Jones previously said he believed players should stand for the anthem.
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