Roger Goodell Talks Sexual Harassment Allegations in NFL, Jerry Jones Feud

Ross Houston
December 14, 2017

I've known the rest of the people in that room for 30 years. Later in the day, Goodell appeared to cast some doubt over what Lockhart had said at the annual National Football League owners meetings outside Dallas. "I think our league is in a great position".

"Do I look like I take it personally?" the commissioner asked reporters, per Joe Trahan of WFAA.

The 75-year-old Jones also was at odds with Atlanta owner Arthur Blank, chairman of the six-person compensation committee that had been unanimously approved in May to complete a deal with Goodell. "It's how we got there and the circumstances were there that I want to talk about and we're going to get to do that in that period of time when we're talking about the commissioner's responsibility and the constitution".

Goodell's newest contract is likely his last, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported, but five years is still a long time if he remains in a feud with one of the league's most powerful owners. The commissioner, as he does now, has use of a plane, but as he does now, he pays for private use.

That would not include Jones, whose objections surfaced publicly after his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, ran out of legal options to appeal a six-game suspension handed down by Goodell under the NFL's personal conduct penalty.

Jones said some of the disagreements he's had with Goodell stemmed from a desire to see the league make certain changes moving forward.

"I've got a great respect for Jerry", Blank said.

However, the very notable caveat is that - as Lockhart also noted earlier in the day - the contract is highly incentivized and in essence voted on by the teams' owners as to how much of that sum Goodell actually collects.

Roger Goodell recently overcame Jerry Jones' best efforts to prevent him from getting his extension. We don't always agree, and I am not paid to agree [with him].

Goodell said Wednesday, with Jones standing a few feet away, that he never led Jones to believe Elliott would not face suspension.

On the one hand, Jones buttered one side of the bread by saying Goodell "does love this league, there's no question about that" and that "he's been good for this league".

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to get owners to reject the contract or at least delay it.

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