Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Angry Jones hires lawyer, threatens lawsuit to block Goodell extension

Angry Jones hires lawyer, threatens lawsuit to block Goodell extension

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to sue the National Football League over a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, a dispute apparently sparked by running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The NFL requires 24 owners to approve of a commissioner's firing.

Just before the season, Goodell suspended Elliott for six games after the league concluded he had several physical confrontations last summer with Tiffany Thompson, a former girlfriend. The situation is now so big that Goodell's wife isn't going to be able to handle it on Twitter.

"Jones told the six owners on the league's compensation committee last week that he had hired David Boies ... according to the people, who declined to be speak publicly about internal league matters", the report noted.

As for Boies, If that names sounds familiar, it's probably because you read about him in The New Yorker's recent in-depth story on film executive Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by numerous women.

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The Jerseyville home of a six-year-old boy, now dead of alleged starvation, was visited by state officials back in January 2016. Their other children have been taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and put into protective custody.

In a conference call with the six owners Thursday, Jones said legal papers would be served the following day if the committee continued with its plans to extend Goodell's contract, the Times reported. Boies was also under contract for legal counsel with the Times, but he was quickly fired after the report became public.

ESPN reported in September that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who is the "point man" for a Goodell extension and is on the competition committee, invited Jones as an "ad hoc committee advisor".

It's a bold strategy by the brash owner.

The NFL, already wrestling with issues such as player protests and declining television ratings, is apparently under attack from within.

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