- The Dallas Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones, told the NFL’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, he would come after him with everything he had for suspending Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, according to ESPN.
- On Friday, ESPN reported for the first time that upon learning of plans to suspend Elliott, Jones told Goodell he would make the New England Patriots’ owner, Robert Kraft, look like a “p—y” for how he fought Tom Brady’s suspension in Deflategate.
- Jones is now carrying out an attack on Goodell, seeking to halt a contract extension and threatening legal action against other owners.
The Dallas Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones, made an ominous threat in August to the NFL’s commissioner after being told the league would suspend running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games over domestic-violence allegations, according to ESPN’s Don Van Natta and Seth Wickersham.
Jones, over the phone, reportedly told the commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s general counsel, Jeff Pash, “I’m gonna come after you with everything I have.”
Jones then reportedly brought up Deflategate and how the New England Patriots fought Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in connection to the team’s football-deflating scandal. ESPN quoted Jones as telling Goodell, “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to what I’m going to do.”
The exchange seems to be the tipping point for what has become a messy internal war among the league and team owners.
The New York Times previously described a November 2 conference call in which Jones threatened team owners with legal action if they passed a contract extension for Goodell. Beyond Elliott’s suspension, Jones was reportedly unhappy with league leadership over issues like player protests during the national anthem. Additionally, Jones believed Goodell was overpaid.
The Times said Jones was removed as an unofficial member of the NFL’s compensation committee after his legal threats. The newspaper later said he was sent a cease-and-desist warning by the committee threatening punishment, though Jones pushed back on that report. Jones recently suggested he would not back down.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King cited an ownership source as saying he believes Jones wants to “overthrow” Goodell, signaling that the monthslong issue is likely to continue.