The NFL plans to seek payment of more than $2 million from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for his actions a year ago related to Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension and the suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott, according to multiple people familiar with the league's inner workings. That came a few days after Goodell assessed the financial penalties for Jones' lawsuit to overturn the suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, and for a lawsuit Jones threatened to stop Goodell's newly approved contract.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Jones paid the nine-figure tab as stipulated by the league constitution stating owners bringing litigation against the NFL are subject to repaying legal fees.
The latest chapter in the Jerry Jones vs. the National Football League saga was written on Monday.
The NFL chose to go after Jones and his pocket to also exercise a resolution made way back in 1997 which states that any owner who takes part in a litigation process involving other owners should later reimburse them for all the legal expenses made.
Commissioner Roger Goodell held an appeal hearing with Jones on Monday.
The NFL and Jerry Jones have resolved their dispute over legal fees "to the satisfaction of all parties". The league made its decision on Jones' appeal today.
Jones and the Cowboys stated that they were merely "observers" throughout despite Jones' outspokenness. The second was Jones's threat to sue in order to prevent Goodell's contract from being extended. Rather, it was really just a reimbursement of legal fees that Jones cost the league. The league received retribution for Jones' contesting of the commissioner's new contract, threatening legal action, and also for the team's involvement in the legal defense of Ezekiel Elliott.