The war of words (and letters) between Jerry Jones and the rest of NFL ownership has been ongoing for a while now.
Last week, things came to light in a revealing ESPN report on just how angry Jones is at Roger Goodell, and just what lengths he’s willing to go to in order to get revenge for the Ezekiel Elliott suspension (though Jones swears it’s not about that):
Regardless of who might replace Goodell, it’s definitely a volatile time for the league. The reporting is fantastic throughout, and a hilarious glimpse behind the scenes at characters like Jones, who certainly plays to caricature. For example, here was his response when he learned via phone call from Goodell that Ezekiel Elliott would face a six-game suspension:
The line went quiet. Seconds passed. Goodell’s decision was an unconscionable violation of trust, Jones later told associates, because he believed that the commissioner had assured him this past spring that there would be no suspension. Jones saw in Elliott a genuine opportunity, a player so good that he had made Jones believe that this year he just might win a Super Bowl for the first time since 1996. His anger was palpable. Finally, according to sources with direct knowledge of the call, Jones broke the silence. He aimed his words not only at Goodell’s decision but also at his role as judge, jury and executioner in the case.
“I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” Jones said. Then he mentioned Deflategate. “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to what I’m going to do.”
Jones had been threatening various legal actions, and had even hired Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer in preparation for said legal actions. Then, almost immediately, a tape dropped featuring Jones making an insensitive (at best) racial remark. The timing of that release suggested it may have been a message to Jones to back off, and now, according to reports, he has.
From the Washington Post:
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said late Tuesday that he is “standing down” from his threats of litigation against the NFL, even as he stepped up his criticism of commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.Amid simmering tensions over Goodell’s contract extension, Jones wrote that he believes the league’s compensation committee is receiving “valuable feedback from a number of owners” and is subsequently withdrawing his threatened legal action over approving the deal.
“I want accountability,” Jones told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.“This is not about replacing Roger,” Jones contended. “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,” Jones said.