The Dallas Cowboys owner said in an interview Tuesday with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he has no plans to retract his threat of suing the NFL and some owners on the compensation committee over concerns about a Goodell contract extension.
Jones, who accused committee chairman and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank of misleading owners on “critical facts” about the contract talks, preached patience in the extension process for Goodell, who he said has served between 60 to 65 percent of his current contract.
“He has 18 months left on there. We’ve got all the time in the world to evaluate what we’re doing,” Jones said in the interview. “We’ve got all the time in the world to extend him. We just need to slow this train down and have a lot of time to discuss the issues at hand in the NFL and have a good, fair input from all the owners, which we’re not getting.”
The New York Times reported Jones was sent a cease-and-desist letter warning from the compensation committee after holding a conference call Monday to discuss Goodell’s extension. Jones denied the report.
Goodell’s current contract is up in 2018.
On the topic of being forced to sell the Cowboys by the NFL, Jones said he “had not one, not one, inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous.”
Jones’ son Stephen also called talk of a forced sale “laughable” and said neither he nor his father “take it serious” in his interview with 105.3 The Fan.
Once a strong advocate of Goodell, Jones apparently soured on the commissioner after he suspended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy relating to his domestic abuse allegations.
All of the league’s owners, including Jones, voted in May to allow the compensation committee to negotiate the terms of an extension with Goodell without needing further approval. That was three months before the Elliott suspension was announced.
There are also owners that reportedly believe Jones was behind recent comments by Papa John‘s CEO John Schnatter, who claimed a decline in the company’s revenues can be traced to falling NFL TV ratings and the league’s handing of national anthem protests by players. Jones, who owns 120 Papa John’s franchises in Texas, threatened to bench any Cowboys player that didn’t stand for the anthem.
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