The Bernstein Brief: Jerry Jones-vs.-NFL Just Got More Interesting

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That stance was backed up Friday by an explosive article that will appear in the December 4 issue of ESPN The Magazine, in which an angry Jones promised to make Goodell pay after learning of the suspension.

Jones has long had a problem with the power of the commissioner and believes now is the time to address those issues, which is also part of his reasoning for trying to hold up a proposed contract extension for Goodell.

The money quote is up high, as it should be, with Jones telling Goodell after learning of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, "I'm gonna come after you with everything I have", then threatening the commissioner further with a slur and a reference to Patriots owner Bob Kraft.

What I will say, briefly, is this: When one of the least likable owners in the NFL and least likable commissioners in sports are fighting, it clearly is not good for short-term interests of the league itself.

With that context, there is no legitimate basis for Mr. Jones to circulate to the full ownership a three-month-old document from a consultant to the Committee - a document that Mr. Jones personally knows to be an outdated, historical artifact of no relevance whatsoever in the context of these lengthy negotiations.

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In May, Jones voted in favor of extending Goodell's contract.

The NFL maintains that no further vote of the owners is required for an extension to be completed between the compensation committee and Goodell after the owners voted, 32-0, in May to authorize the committee to negotiate the extension.

Chances are, the ongoing battle between Jones and the National Football League is far from over.

That language represents exactly the standard that would be needed for Jones to be booted from the league-proof that his conduct goes against the best interests of the NFL.

Regardless, the letter makes it clear other owners are disturbed with Jones' recent actions. "I'm sorry we're in this state of mind as a country, but if your looking for a racist Jerry Jones is not that guy". "That is absolutely ridiculous".

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