Over the past month, hundreds of NFL players have been taking a knee during the national anthem to protest against President Donald Trump and against racial inequality. Now, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has finally had enough of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell allowing players to disrespect our flag so blatantly.
ESPN reported that Jones has just threatened to sue the NFL if a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell is approved by the league’s compensation committee. Jones reportedly wants Goodell out because of the way he has handled, or not handled, the anthem protests.
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Jones has reportedly hired David Boies, the famed New York lawyer who represented Vice President Al Gore in the deadlocked 2000 presidential election, and who led the NFL’s court case during a dispute over the 2011 collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
Sources close to the situation say that Jones is looking into the lawsuit option through Boies if Goodell’s contract is extended after the 2018 season, as is being considered. Specifically, the Cowboys owner is exploring whether a requirement that two-thirds of owners must approve a commissioner’s contract could be increased to three-fourths of owners. Another source said Jones may ask Boies to produce a report showing the negative economic impact that Goodell’s major decisions, including player discipline, have had on clubs.
Though an NFL source praised Boies’ skills as a lawyer, he added that his hiring was likely a “scare tactic” because there doesn’t appear to be an obvious legal challenge to Goodell’s contract negotiations, which Jones voted in support of earlier this year.
During a conference call last week with the six owners on the compensation committee, Jones said that legal papers were drawn up and would be served Friday if the committee did not scrap its plans to extend Goodell’s contract. Some sources say that things aren’t looking good for Goodell with Jones so against him.
“If he amasses 12 or 15 people, how does Roger survive something like that?” an executive asked. “I don’t know how he’d be able to continue if that many owners express a lack of confidence in him.”
“Most owners would admit that Roger has done a terrible job handling the anthem controversy and a terrible job explaining the [TV] ratings declines, a terrible job on any number of other issues,” a longtime team executive said.
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