The USA Today and Dallas Morning News report that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for one hour on Monday, allowing Jones to state his case for why he shouldn’t have to reimburse the league $2 million in legal fees.
“No decision was rendered,” and the NFL and Cowboys both declined comment, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The news on Goodell ordering Jones to repay legal fees broke on Feb. 26, and was a result of Jones and the Cowboys supporting Ezekiel Elliott as the running back appealed a six-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Additionally, Jones threatened to sue other NFL owners during Goodell’s contract extension negotations; Goodell went on to sign a five-year extension worth around $200 million. The Goodell-Jones feud has been going on for some time.
The legal fees were first reported as a “fine,” but ESPN’s Dan Graziano explained how the $2 million is a reimbursement of legal fees:
According to league sources, the reported fine of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones by the commissioner’s office is a reimbursement of legal fees in excess of $2 million. It’s not so much “Goodell fines Jerry” as it is fellow NFL owners executing a rule that’s been on the books for more than 20 years – that if an owner participates in bringing litigation against other owners, he must reimburse them for the legal fees.
The USA Today reports that “it is hoped that Goodell would issue a final ruling on the matter before league meetings begin in Orlando on March 25.”