Anti-American anthem protestors have divided football fans from the NFL.
Now, the protests may be dividing the NFL itself!
And what the NFL may do next will really have fans up in arms.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is no fan of the anthem protests.
He publicly promised to bench any player who disrespected the anthem.
One player who raised his fist after the anthem found himself released from the team shortly after.
It’s no secret Jones is also no fan of the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell.
Commentators believe Jones encouraged Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter to bash the “lack of leadership” shown by the NFL on a shareholders call, blaming the ongoing protests for poor earnings.
Jones has publicly opposed Goodell’s contract extension, and now some of the league’s top brass may be formulating a plan to force Jerry Jones to sell the Dallas Cowboys.
The Associated Press has obtained a letter written for the NFL’s compensation committee that was sent to Jerry Jones’ attorney accusing the Dallas Cowboys owner of “conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests” over his objection to a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Your client’s antics, whatever their motivation, are damaging the league and reflect conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests,” the letter said.
Jones has said he has issues with compensation in the deal, along with concerns about the escalation of player protests involving the national anthem and how the league has handled them. He also has suggested that owners should revisit the power that the position wields.
The letter confirmed that Jones was removed as a non-voting member of the compensation committee after threatening to sue.
NY Daily News notes:
The NFL’s strong language implies it may consider punishing Jones for his actions under Section 8.13 of Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws, a possibility multiple owners have already discussed…
Section 8.13, titled “Disciplinary Power of Commissioner”, gives Goodell the authorization to discipline an owner if he or she “has either violated the Constitution and Bylaws of the League or has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.”
Possible punishments for such a violation could include up to a $500,000 fine, or even “cancellation or forfeiture of the franchise.”
Will the NFL consider taking such drastic action against Jerry Jones?
How would you react?
Let us know in the comments below!