By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Jerry Jones has been very unhappy with Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence accusations, so much so that he was willing to resort to name-calling.

In a new ESPN The Magazine story by Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr., the Cowboys’ owner is quoted as having insulted Patriots owner Robert Kraft with a derogatory term when speaking with the NFL commissioner this past summer.

“I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” Jones said to Goodell in August, according to the story. “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard [for DeflateGate], Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to what I’m going to do.”

Well then.

Jones has so far lived up to his promise, doing his best to prevent Goodell from getting a contract extension and going so far as to hire an attorney and threaten litigation against the NFL. It’s an action that’s been received poorly by his colleagues, who promptly returned fire by threatening to punish Jones for engaging in conduct detrimental to the league.

If anything, Jones might have been able to find a sympathetic ear in Kraft, who watched as Goodell and the NFL executive office ran a kangaroo court to take down Tom Brady and the Patriots. It was a patently unfair process to the Patriots, but at the time, Jones was too busy heaping praise and adoration on Goodell for doing such a wonderful job. After showing an initial willingness to fight the league, Kraft eventually felt he had no choice but to accept the punishment.

And this week, with Elliott officially dropping his appeal despite his proclamations of innocence, Goodell and the NFL have won another battle despite a lack of evidence and some reported behind-the-scenes assurances.

Jones remains upset, but regardless of what he threatened back in August, the road map for him to win any of these battles remains foggy.

One thing, though, seems safe to assume: Jones won’t be getting any friendly advice from Kraft.

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Comments (8)
  1. Not sure its that serious and I am sure Bob Kraft won’t be affected by it with hurt feelings
    give me a break

  2. Ron Ito says:

    Jones is just upset that he won’t be making a trip to the SB this year.

  3. lizzzy321 says:

    Behavior detrimental to the League? [g]. Why hasn’t Goodell been hit with that one many times over? Or ColinK – can they sue him for behavior detrimental to the League?

    Seriously, I don’t have a high opinion of some of the things I have heard he has said and decisions he’s made, but I’m always happy to see someone attempt to get Goodell out of the NFL. And how could any of the owners be happy with the new contract extension for Goodell with the crazy perks he’s asked for? Let alone all the ways he’s been detrimental to the League.

    All I can think, when the owners take Goodell’s side against Jerry and don’t take this opportunity to ditch him, is that they are more like Goodell. He’s never acted any other way than with their approval. So if you dislike Goodell, I’d have to say that you probably dislike the rest of the owners too.

  4. lizzzy321 says:

    And I already read, that Kraft lectured Jones about this already. Telling him that he himself [Kraft] had towed the line, so Jones better too. And it was reported that some owners questioned whether Jones was just doing all this for the benefit of his fan base….”fake outrage the way Kraft did during Deflategate, for the sake of his fan base.” I was not happy to read that, even if it was speculation. If that were the case, it would explain a few things about the decisions Kraft made during Deflategate and the very quick appearance of a renewal of his friendship with Goodell. Maybe there never was a breech of the friendship.

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