Roger Goodell Will Fine Jerry Jones Millions

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced plans to fine Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones millions of dollars for behavior in a public feud seen as detrimental to the NFL last year, The New York Times reported Monday.

Jones was an advocate of not extending Goodell’s contract as the NFL commissioner last year. He threatened to sue the NFL, and was outspoken about his opposition to the suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot.

Goodell is expected to hand down the fine soon, and it will likely amount to millions of dollars to compensate for the legal fees that the NFL and the owner’s compensation committee incurred during Jones’ battle with the commissioner.

The attack looks bad. The NFL is losing viewership fast, and Goodell is about as far from popular as he can be already. Fining an owner, even someone like Jones who owns a hated team, won’t reflect well on Goodell or the future for the NFL.

If Jones’ fights the suspension of one of his players, imagine how much he’ll fight to defend his own money.

Zach Phillips