Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell he would "come after" him after leaning his running back Ezekiel Elliott would be suspended for six games, according to a report from ESPN.
After claiming he had been assured by the league that Elliott would not be suspended, Jones fired back at Goodell after he called him to explain Elliott's discipline.
"I'm gonna come after you with everything I have," Jones said, according to ESPN, and then brought up Deflategate. "If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p---y compared to what I'm going to do."
Since, he's done just that, trying to get in the way of contract negotiations for Goodell's extension. According to the report, Jones has expressed a number of issues with Goodell's management, extending from the executives he has hired for matters such as player safety and investigations, to the NFL's social media policy that prohibited teams from posting highlights.
After the owners voted to approve negotiations for Goodell's contract, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank asked Jones to be on the compensation committee to work on Goodell's contract, according to multiple reports. Jones declined.
"I won't go on the committee," Jones said, according to ESPN. "I want to be an ombudsman. I want to literally represent the owners who are not on the committee."
That role was given to Jones while Elliott's suspension hung in the balance and the league continued to investigate his former girlfriend's allegations that he assaulted her in 2016. But Jones believed there was no case and claims he was assured during a call with Goodell that there would be no suspension. The league denied that Goodell or the NFL gave Jones any assurance and points to the panel of advisors that Goodell set up to recommend discipline following the NFL chief investigators report was published.
Jones threatened to sue the league earlier this month, causing Blank to dismiss Jones from his role as the ombudsman, and Blank reportedly told Jones, "This is not how we do things in the NFL."
Jones claimed through team council that Blank misled owners about the extent of Goodell's contract and that the owners needed to vote unanimously to approve it. The owners did that in May, approving the committee to negotiate the contract. In addition, a committee dinner was held on Aug. 9, and Jones attended via phone. He did not raise any concerns about the extension, according to the report. When Blank called Goodell with an update, Goodell told Blank that Jones was not going to be happy when he learns about Elliott's suspension soon.
On Sunday, Blanks' Falcons pounded the Cowboys 27-7 with Elliott serving the first of his six game suspension after the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals denied a motion for an injunction, and his suspension for domestic violence allegations was reinstated by the NFL. The two owners avoided each other, and 11Alive's cameras captured Jones seeing Blank on the field. He looked away and continued walking away from Blank.
Jones would not discuss Goodell's contract extension after the game.
Goodell's current contract ends in 2019.