The battle between current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seemed to take a new twist in the road when on Sunday night, Pro Football Talk reported the possibility of that the league’s other owners could force Jones out of the franchise he has owned since 1989.
On Monday, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, that it was a “laughable” thought that the league could force Jones out as owner.
“We don’t take that serious in the least bit,” he added.
Goodell and Jones have had their rivalry intensified by the recent suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. An All-Pro rusher as a rookie in 2016, Elliott was never charged in criminal court for domestic violence claims made against him, yet the league still chose to impose a six-game suspension. It was originally slated to start at the beginning of the 2017 season.
That failed to happen after Elliott and the NFLPA dragged their feet through the legal system. After countless twists and turns over the last few months, Elliott finally sat out the first game of his suspension on Sunday, as Dallas lost 24-7 to the Atlanta Falcons, dropping the team to 5-4 on the year.
As Goodell seeks a contract extension to remain the figurehead of the league, Jones has reportedly vehemently pushed back against that notion. Despite his popularity as Cowboys owner, Jones will have to deal with the other 30 owners (as well as the Green Bay Packers) when it comes to discussing whether or not Goodell gets the new deal he is seeking.