Multiple NFL owners have engaged in discussions about removing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones from the league.
There had been earlier reports about this idea being floated because of Jones’ actions during the Roger Goodell extension negotiations, but now NFL owners are actually taking action.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday the following:
The tension has grown so severe that the topic of removing Jones has been discussed by at least some owners, according to three people familiar with the matter. That type of drastic action would require the league showing conduct detrimental to the league—which is exactly the language the league used in its Nov. 15 letter to Jones’s attorney, David Boies.
That letter was shared with all of the league’s 32 owners. It was in response to a Nov. 14 letter from Jones’s lawyer, David Boies, who wrote that “Mr. Jones is in possession of a document that shows that certain statements made about those negotiations are not accurate.”
There’s a big difference between ideas being floated around as possibilities, and owners actively engaged in the process of attempting to boot the most powerful owner in sports. Simply sending a lawyer a letter probably won’t result in much down the road, but it certainly would appear to signal that these owners aren’t playing around with Jones.
The Cowboys owner has done his best at every turn to derail Goodell’s NFL commissioner contract extension. It’s not crystal clear why, but you can probably bet Jones wasn’t happy when his star running back Ezekiel Elliott got hit with a six game suspension.
As I’ve said before, getting rid of Jones is a lot easier said than done. The most powerful man in sports isn’t going down with out one hell of a fight.