INDIANAPOLIS — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones plans to appeal the NFL’s decision to charge him for reimbursement fees in excess of $2 million connected to his opposition of commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension and the league’s battle with running Ezekiel Elliott in federal court, a source told the Star-Telegram.
A hearing has not yet been scheduled and, according to Judy Battista of the NFL Network, Jones would be making his appeal to Goodell himself.
“Really don’t have any comment,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. “I’ll let Jerry address that at the appropriate time, but don’t really have anything to say about that right now.”
The NFL is using a resolution added to the league’s constitution in 1997 that requires an owner to reimburse the league for legal fees if he brings litigation against other owners.
Stephen Jones said he doesn’t remember the resolution ever being enforced before.
While Jones did threaten to sue the NFL and members of the compensation committee in an attempt to block Goodell’s extension, he never filed a suit.
A series of letters were sent back and forth. The owners retained counsel in preparation for a suit.
But at what cost?
Jones also was not party to Elliott’s lawsuit against the NFL over his six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
The Cowboys offered a letter of support but Elliott and lawyers from the NFL Player’s Association were the key players in the failed lawsuit that went through two district courts and a federal appeals court before being dropped.
Goodell decided to seek reimbursement from Jones after consulting with other owners and this action has been approved by the league’s finance committee, per ESPN.