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Jerry Jones takes his lumps from Roger Goodell, but no regrets

Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talk at the NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cowboys at Wembley Stadium in London. Jones has threatened to sue the NFL over a proposed contract extension for Goodell, a dispute apparently sparked by star running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)


Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seldom shies away from a fight, even if his record against commissioner Roger Goodell and the league isn’t very good lately.

After failing to get running back Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension overturned last year, and then taking a $2 million loss on legal fees in his efforts to block Goodell’s contract extension, Jones said he had no regrets standing up to the league’s power structure.

“When you get pretty supportive then you run or get a chance to pay the fiddler,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “I have understood that. The commissioner has that power.”

Jones had previously aired his concern’s about Goodell’s power and said he spoke again on the topic during a meeting Monday, and plans to again when they meet in Atlanta in May.

“It was very satisfactory and we will address more of it in May,” Jones said, “but I was very satisfied.”

May’s also destination for the league’s can-kicking on sensitive topics such as the anthem debate, the sale of the Panthers and the related investigation of owner Jerry Richardson for workplace misconduct. After Texans owner Bob McNair stepped on a few landmines Sunday at the start of the meetings on those topics, other owners have been hesitant (and have been told to be behind closed doors) about speaking on the hot issues.

Part of the reason they pay Goodell so much money is to let him take the heat for controversial points, so they’re going to let him earn that money for them this time. (Also, Jones has been subpoenaed in the Colin Kaepernick case, giving him another out.)

“I’m going to let Roger speak to about here, what’s (been) discussed,” Jones said. “You know where I am on it. But where it is, is everybody’s going to think about it, talk back and forth on it a little bit and then we’ll be more definitive after the May meeting.”

Part of the reason it’s interesting to see Jones defer on any issue is because it rarely happens, but after paying a de facto fine for stepping out of line, he’s perhaps a bit more willing now.