Kneeling protests spark a war among National Football League owners against Roger Goodell

Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones.

Jones has hired lawyer David Boies, now under scrutiny for helping Harvey Weinstein amidst his sexual harassment scandal, according to the New York Times.

After joining fellow owners in May in unanimously authorizing the compensation committee to work on a contract extension with Goodell, Jones last month at owners meetings in NY called Goodell's proposed new contract "the most one-sided deal ever", according to OTL, which noted that Goodell has earned more than $200 million since he was elected commissioner in August 2006.

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Jones reportedly told the six owners who make up the NFL's compensation committee on a conference call that legal papers would be served if the committee did not halt talks on a contract extension for Goodell. Elliott faced domestic violence allegations from a former girlfriend, though he was neither arrested nor charged with a crime by authorities in Columbus, Ohio, following an investigation.

Jones' beef with Goodell is twofold between the Ezekiel Elliot suspension and player protest.

The move could set up a war between owners, with some backing Jones and others supporting Goodell.

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While there are plenty of criticisms of Goodell, including questions about television ratings and much of the attention for this season on player anthem protests, it's easy to wonder if Jones is getting back at Goodell for suspending his star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

It's been reported that Goodell has the support of some owners who believe he has done a good job as commissioner at taking hits to the league. Because he along with the owners of five other teams comprise the National Football League compensation committee. Although, one could argue that Goodell is making more than his fair share, with the most recent reports indicating he's making over $34 million a year.

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