Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been given a cease-and-desist order by fellow NFL owners, who threaten to punish him if he continues to try and block commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension, the New York Times reported, citing several unidentified people with knowledge of the situation.
Jones was given the warning by a half-dozen members of the owners’ Compensation Committee on Monday, after a committee conference call.
According to the Times, the league has several forms of punishment it could levy against Jones, including fining and/or suspending him and, potentially the most damaging, docking the Cowboys draft picks.
The warning apparently is other NFL owners — particularly those on the Compensation Committee — firing back at Jones’ threat to sue the NFL and individual owners over the five-year contract extension and negotiations in which he claims the committee has misled to the rest of the owners.
“The committee is continuing its work towards finalizing a contract extension with the commissioner,” the compensation committee chairman, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, said in a statement on Monday. “The negotiations are progressing and we will keep ownership apprised of the negotiations as they move forward. We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions.”
The back and forth between Jones and the Compensation Committee, the Times noted, has “escalated one of the worst fissures in decades in the normally clubby ownership group.”