Friday, 14 December, 2018

Jerry Jones I'm Not Being Forced to Leave Cowboys

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Kristopher Love | 14 November, 2017, 21:39

Goodell's push for an extension has been met with opposition from team owners including the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones who say the timing of the extension could be a public relations disaster.

Jones on Tuesday suggested that he won't back down. The New York Times reported Monday that the committee sent Jones a cease-and-desist warning after holding a conference call earlier in the day to discuss Goodell's potential extension. Jones, who had been a nonvoting member of the committee, was immediately thrown out of the group after he threatened to sue the six other owners.

Jones has been critical of the National Football League and Goodell since the reinstatement of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, but Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan (h/t Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News) that it wasn't the reason he was fighting Goodell's extension. "We've got all the time in the world to evaluate what we're doing, and all the time in the world to extend him", said Jones on his weekly radio show with The Fan's Shan & RJ. "We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions", Blank said. Jones has stood behind Elliott through the entire legal process, even though the running back eventually lost in court - the CBA does give Goodell the power he's using - and is now serving that suspension.

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, some team owners have discussed the "nuclear option" with Jones - a clause in the league constitution and bylaws that could force Jones to sell the team.

The league could take a range of steps, including fines, docking draft picks and even suspending Jones, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.

Jones denied that he has a replacement in mind for Goodell and added that he has never thought about replacing Goodell. He also thinks that others stand with him, despite some reports to the contrary.