NFL says report Roger Goodell is 'furious' towards Jerry Jones is 'just nonsense'
The commissioner and the Cowboys owner continue to do battle
Things are getting heated in the NFL league office, with Jerry Jones getting so steamed over the Ezekiel Elliott and national anthem situations Roger Goodell's contract extension. Jones has been extremely pro-Goodell over the past few years, right up until .
At that point, NFL and Goodell, leveraging to try and keep the commish from .between the
Jones reportedly wants to change the way Goodell is paid, cranking up the incentives in his contract. The whole thing, according to a report from Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta on ESPN, has left Goodell "furious."
Per the ESPN report, someone who "spoke recently with Goodell" said he is "furious" over Jones and "other owners' insistence that his next contract's compensation should be more performance-based" with incentives designed to only get him back to "roughly the same level of his current deal." The same source told ESPN Goodell "feels as if the owners have made a lot of money and he should be compensated accordingly" and that "the incentives thing really angers him."
The NFL said Thursday on a call with media members that it was "just nonsense" to believe Goodell was upset.
Jones has been at the center of multiple NFL controversies over the past few months. The Elliott suspension obviously involves one of his star players. The Cowboys owner , which may .
But Jones also has been heavily involved in the public discussion about players kneeling for the national anthem. Jones previously said he believed players should stand for the anthem. But in Week 3 the anthem.
Jones then said any Cowboys players who kneeled during the anthem would be benched. And he supported Papa John, "," when the pizza mogul complained . Jones, by the way, owns more than 100 Papa John's franchises.
There appears to be a lot of tension between Jones and Goodell right now. But it probably won't matter: the NFL says that Goodell's extension is going to get taken care of regardless and that back in the spring, before this all unfolded, Jones was a part of a unanimous vote to extend Goodell into 2024.
Jones is one of the owners who helped to give Goodell almost unlimited power in terms of his ability to punish players. Jones is one of the most powerful owners in the league, but he's in a battle he may struggle to win. In all likelihood, Elliott is going to end up serving a six-game suspension and Goodell is likely to get a new contract. If Jones sues the league, things could even uglier, but it may not do him any good.
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