Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been fighting the idea of giving NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a contract extension. At one point, he even threatened to sue the league.
Jone then backed off on that, implying that he’d done it because he had gotten what he wanted — the NFL had agreed to let all of the owners have some input, rather than just the Compensation Committee.
The NFL, though, is now making it sound like they didn’t strike any sort of deal with Jones or make any changes, insinuating that he decided to back off of the legal threats all on his own.
“During a Tuesday media briefing, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that no promise was made to submit the Goodell contract to all owners for input and/or approval in order to avoid a threat of litigation from Jones,” reported NBC’s Mike Florio. “Lockhart instead reiterated that the Compensation Committee received its authority in May 2017, via unanimous vote of the owners, to finalize a Goodell deal — and that nothing has changed.”
That does seem to fly in the face of what Jones said before, when explaining his own decision.
“This is not about replacing Roger,” Jones said then, per Jarrett Bell of USA Today Sports. “It’s a misnomer to say it’s payback for Ezekiel Elliott. It is about the accountability of the commissioner to all of the ownership. I told the committee that I was standing down on legal action because they wanted to get input from all of the owners. There have been material changes since the resolution. It should go back to the ownership.
“My position is that the owners expect me to be the ombudsman for them, as to this committee. No one has the NFL’s best interest in mind more than me, and I’m doing what I was asked to do by the owners.”
It’s often hard to sort out the truth, but the NFL’s stance suggests that Jones didn’t have any impact. Whether or not he agrees with them is another story.