This story was updated at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday:
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is now weighing in on reports that fellow NFL owners are seeking to discipline him for blocking a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.
One report even suggested a “nuclear option” in which Jones could be forced to sell the franchise because of conduct detrimental to the league.
“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, and that’s about where that is,” Jones said on his regular radio show on KRLD-FM (105.3 The Fan) on Tuesday. “If somebody is asserting that then they are not knowledgeable about how things work in the NFL.”
Jones, who has threatened to sue the league, said that he doesn’t plan to back down on his insistence that the NFL’s compensation committee brings further negotiations with Goodell back to the rest of the owners for approval. Jones said “well-over half this league” wants the same.
Jones said Goodell still has 18 months left on his current contract and that “we’ve got all the time in the world to extend him, and we need to slow this train down.”
Jones said that it’s not true that he has a replacement in mind for Goodell as NFL Commissioner.
Original story follows:
Some NFL owners are reportedly upset enough about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ attempts to block a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell that they’re urging the consideration of punitive measures.
The Washington Post on Monday reported that if Jones is found to have committed conduct detrimental to the league, he could be subject to a fine, the Cowboys could lose draft picks or Jones could be suspended, according to the papers’ sources.
A cease-and-desist warning was issued to Jones after the NFL compensation committee held a conference call Monday, The New York Times reported.
A report from Profootballtalk.com even suggested that the league would have a “nuclear option” of forcing Jones to sell the Cowboys, while noting that the scenario is highly unlikely and would ignite major litigation. The commissioner and NFL’s executive committee would make the call.
“I think that’s laughable,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on “The Fan” KRLD-FM (105.3) on Monday. “We don’t take that serious in the least bit. And our thought process and Jerry’s thought process is we want what’s in the best interest of the league.
“We’re not against Roger [Goodell]. We just don’t know if this is the time to be talking about major contract extensions when the league certainly has several challenges in terms of where we are as a league, whether that’s our ratings, whether that’s our concerns with our sponsors.”
Jones has threatened to sue the NFL if the league’s compensation committee, made up of six NFL owners, doesn’t seek approval among the other owners for Goodell’s extension. The committee is working out the parameters of Goodell’s extension through 2024.
The owners voted 32-0 during a meeting in May in Chicago to grant the committee the power to negotiate with Goodell.
But Jones has grown increasingly concerned about the structure and compensation of Goodell’s proposed contract. Those concerns, sources have previously told The News, took root months before Goodell suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott six games.
Of course, that didn’t enhance Jones’ feelings for Goodell, either.
Jones has retained high-powered lawyer David Boies to potentially challenge Goodell’s extension.
The Post reported that any punishment of Jones could be tied to whether he helped push Papa John’s founder John Schnatter to publicly criticize how the NFL leadership has dealt with players’ national anthem protests. Jones has appeared in Papa John’s commercials and owns scores of franchises in the Dallas area.