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NFL Lays Groundwork To Remove Jerry Jones As Owner

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The ongoing feud between Jerry Jones and the NFL has reached new heights.

The NFL sent a letter to Jerry Jones’ attorney Wednesday laying the foundation to potentially remove Jones as owner of the Dallas Cowboys due to his ongoing sabotage of commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The letter accuses Jones of meddling with Goodell’s contract negotiations and describes the Cowboys owner’s actions as “detrimental to the league’s best interests,” according to the WSJ.

Jones has repeatedly clashed with the NFL’s compensation committee over his attempts to block Goodell’s extension, even threatening to file a lawsuit.

Jerry Jones’ war against NFL commish Roger Goodell getting nasty

The letter claims that Jones’ “antics, whatever their motivation, are damaging the League,” according to the WSJ.

Jerry Jones’ feud with the NFl may result in harsh penalties.

(Ron Jenkins/AP)

The NFL’s strong language implies they may consider punishing Jones for his actions under Section 8.13 of Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws, a possibility multiple owners have already discussed, Pro Football Talk previously reported.

Section 8.13, titled “Disciplinary Power of Commissioner”, gives Goodell the authorization to discipline an owner if he or she “has either violated the Constitution and Bylaws of the League or has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.”

If the commissioner doesn’t believe the $500,000 fine is “adequate or sufficient” he can choose to “refer the matter to the Executive Committee” to invoke additional punishments, such as:

Jerry Jones hires lawyer to block Goodell’s contract extension

“Cancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated. If such occurs, the affected franchise shall be sold and disposed of under the provisions of Section 3.8(B) hereof.”

Roger Goodell has the power to lay the groundwork to remove Jerry Jones as the Cowboys’ owner.

Roger Goodell has the power to lay the groundwork to remove Jerry Jones as the Cowboys’ owner.

(Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

Jones previously said it’s “laughable” to suggest he would be removed as the Cowboys’ owner.

“I’ve had not one inkling of communication with the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan.

Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of this year.

 

Source: New York Daily News

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