Jerry Jones isn’t having the best offseason.
“The muffled voice you have been hearing is me screaming in my pillow over not being here and seeing Philadelphia,” said Jones, via the Star-Telegram.
Making matters worse for Jones is that he’s going to get hit with a multi-million dollar fine from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a report from the New York Times.
With the support of many N.F.L. owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to escalate his public feud with Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and long one of the most influential people in the league, by fining him millions of dollars for his efforts to derail negotiations to renew Goodell’s contract and for his outspoken defense of a star player who was suspended, according to five league officials with direct knowledge of the situation.
The punishment will be issued in the coming weeks by Goodell, who will declare that Jones’s actions were detrimental to the league, which rarely shows such acute signs of acrimony among owners and the commissioner’s office. Goodell has been reluctant to be seen as exacting retribution for the way Jones tried to sabotage his contract talks, but he was urged to bring the penalties by several owners who believed that Jones had crossed an unspoken boundary by threatening his colleagues.
Jones is obviously super rich, so it’s not like losing a couple million dollars is going to ruin his life forever. But if the reported fine is truly millions of dollar, he’ll own the embarrassment of drawing the biggest fine in league history.
Jones tried to take on the NFL and lost. And his main motivation to go against the grain was to defend a player accused of domestic violence. A real honorable cause.
Things aren’t going to get any better for Jones. In 58 days from now, a large group of Philadelphia Eagles fans (including BGN Radio) will invade Dallas — the host site of the 2018 NFL Draft — to cheer on as Goodell says the following words:
“With the 32nd selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles select ...”