Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly ready to take the NFL and some of his fellow owners to court.
The New York Times’ Ken Belson reports that Jones is upset with Goodell because of his suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The commissioner’s current contract expires after the 2018 season.
According to Belson’s report, Jones was on a conference call with the owners of the Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers when he said that legal papers have been drawn up and will be served on Friday if plans for Goodell’s new contract aren’t thrown out.
Also included in this report is the name of the attorney that Jones hired, David Boies. He has recently done some work for Harvey Weinstein, the movie-industry executive who reportedly has sexually harassed and assaulted women for years.
Reports of Jones no longer supporting Goodell’s extension surfaced in September. This was a few weeks after Goodell suspended Elliott for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Elliott was suspended after the NFL’s yearlong investigation into domestic violence accusations made against him by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. In October 2016, Columbus, Ohio prosecutors decided not file charges in the case.
Still, Goodell suspended Elliott. He has not served the suspension yet, as the case is in the court system.