Roger Goodell is still upset with Jerry Jones and it’s reportedly going to cost the Dallas Cowboys owner a pretty penny.
During the 2017 NFL season, Jones challenged the extension of Goodell’s contract and threatened to sue the six owners in the competition committee if they went ahead with the contract. This reportedly was Jones’ vengeance for the NFL suspending star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games over a domestic violence incident.
And now Goodell will exact his revenge where it hurts Jones the most.
Goodell’s five-year extension ultimately was approved, and now he reportedly will fine Jones “millions” for holding up his extension and for vigorously defending Elliott, according to Ken Belson of The New York Times.
Belson noted that Goodell’s decision has the backing of several of the league’s owners, and is expected to be handed down in the coming weeks. Goodell reportedly will declare that Jones’ actions were detrimental to the NFL. The Cowboys owner also will be forced to pay the legal fees that the NFL accrued while defending the decision to suspend Elliott, as well as the money the competition committee spent defending itself in a legal battle over Goodell’s extension.
The largest fine in NFL history was $1 million, which has been levied twice. Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo was fined $1 million for taking part in a gambling scandal in the late 90s, and the New England Patriots also were hit for a $1 million as punishment for the Deflategate scandal.
So if Jones is hit for “millions,” as reported, then it would be the largest fine in NFL history.
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