It has been reported that multiple NFL owners have brought up the idea of Jerry Jones forfeiting the Dallas Cowboys franchise.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, he cited a league source who said “multiple owners already have been discussing the possibility, which flows from Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution and Bylaws.”
The part of the article would allow the commissioner to essentially forfeit any franchise if the owner “has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the league or professional football” and a $500,000 fine is deemed “not adequate or sufficient.”
The incident that has sparked these rumors surrounding Jones is the belief that many NFL owners hold about him telling Papa John’s founder John Schnatter to speak out against players kneeling in the NFL. It is believed Jones influenced Schnatter to speak out about how players kneeling for the national anthem has negatively affected his business in hopes of putting an end to it.
This is not the first time Jones and the Cowboys have been in the news this year, however.
The Ezekiel Elliott case has been going back and forth the entire year where Jones has come out clearly supporting his running back on multiple occasions. Finally, this past Sunday, Elliot served the first of his six game suspension when the Cowboys played against the Atlanta Falcons.
Jones also voiced his own opinions about kneeling for the national anthem, saying that anyone who “disrespects the flag” will not be allowed to play. This led to a team meeting later as some players were not in agreement with Jones.
Overall, even if nothing comes of this, Jones is not in good standing with the league in the eyes of the owners and commissioner Roger Goodell.