There is never a dull moment in the NFL, especially when you put 32 owners in one room together.
This week, NFL owners are meeting in New York to discuss different matters of importance in regards to the league. The meeting quickly became about two owners in attendance after a verbal altercation.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found himself in the national sports media headlines after he and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly engaged in a “heated exchange” while the owners were discussing details surrounding a new contract for commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a report published by ESPN.
ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. is releasing more details in that verbal altercation as well as some background information.
“Kraft is not as concerned about (Goodell’s contract as Jones),” Van Natta said, as transcribed by Audacy. “Kraft wasn’t as concerned about it back in 2017, nor was (Falcons owner) Arthur Blank, who was the chairman of the compensation committee, and so they got into it. And as I understand it, Kraft was sort of saying like ‘Again? We’re dealing with this again?’ And Jerry said to him ‘Don’t (expletive) with me,’ and Kraft said ‘Excuse me?’ And then Jerry ended it himself, I guess turned it into a PG rating and sort of said don?t mess with me.
“I know that Kraft and Jerry are — not only are they the two most powerful owners in the NFL, I think there is some rivalry there. Jerry beat Kraft to the Hall of Fame, that hurt Kraft. Believe me, that hurt Kraft. Jerry won that. And there is a lot of rivalry there, guys. So is it possible that don?t mess with me, don’t (expletive) with me, there’s some stuff between those guys? Yeah. But the way Jerry is viewing Goodell, I was told last night by people close to Jerry, it’s not personal. They insist it is about the contract and the structure of the new contract.”
The NFL ultimately owners voted 31-1 in support of a new contract for commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones was outspoken against the structure of Goodell’s compensation back in 2017 and again in 2022.
ESPN’s source also added that Jones allegedly thought Goodell’s financial targets were “too vague.”
Just last week, Jerry was in the news when ESPN released a lengthy and detailed report claiming Washington owner Dan Snyder had allegedly “tracked” other team owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and has “a file” on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.