Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Jerry Jones Reimburses NFL $2 Million For Legal Fees

Jones met with Goodell and the NFL's finance committee Monday to argue that he shouldn't pay because he wasn't an official party to Elliott's lawsuit and that he hadn't unduly interfered with league business as league owners negotiated Goodell's new contract last fall.

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.

Roger Goodell will receive more than $2 million in legal fees from Jerry Jones.


Under a rule adopted by the NFL in 1997, team owners are required to cover both sides' legal costs when they take action against the league.

Jones and Goodell clashed repeatedly in 2017, with the Cowboys owner furious at a six-game suspension imposed against running back Ezekiel Elliott for a domestic violence case.

Why is the league making Jones pay up?

According to Todd Archer of ESPN, Jones "threatened to sue the National Football League and retained lawyer David Boies over Goodell's contract, but he never made a filing".

The Cowboys also added their name to court filings by the NFL Players Association, which went to court to try to overturn Elliott's suspension.

Here's the problem with that: All 32 owners - including Jones - had previously voted to let the compensation committee handle Goodell's extension without input from the entire league.

The league did not specify how the matter was resolved, but apparently the resolution was that Jones agreed to reimburse the league for more than $2 million.

Goodell signed a five-year contract extension in December.

Like this: