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NEW YORK (AP) The Associated Press has obtained a letter sent by the NFL 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.

The letter accusing Jones of sabotaging the negotiations was sent to David
Boies on Wednesday. Jones hired Boies and threatened to sue the NFL if Goodell’s
contract extension was approved by the compensation committee Nick Boyle
, made up of six owners. All 32 owners voted unanimously in
May to let the committee finalize a deal with Goodell.

The letter, first reported by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal,
was written by outside counsel for the compensation committee and given to the
AP by a person who requested anonymity because it was not intended to be made

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It’s the latest escalation of a feud between the NFL and one of its most
powerful owners. Jones has denied that his objections to the extension are tied
to Goodell’s decision to suspend star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games
over alleged domestic violence.

Elliott abandoned his legal fight over the suspension Wednesday. He has five
games left to serve.

”Your client’s antics, whatever their motivation Terrance
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, 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.

Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in
August Mike
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, was accused of sharing with all the owners an
outdated document related to the negotiations with Goodell.

”Someone who is genuinely concerned `that the owners know the truth about the
negotiations’ would not deliberately distribute such an outdated document,
particularly when he has in his possession drafts that are current and
accurately reflect the actual state of negotiations, or threaten to sue the
league and its owners if he does not get his way,” the letter said.

Jones has acknowledged being at odds with the compensation committee
chairman Eric Weddle
, Atlanta owner Arthur Blank, over the Goodell talks. They
didn’t speak on the field before the Falcons’ 27-7 victory over the Cowboys on

Blank issued a statement Monday saying the committee planned to proceed with
finalizing the Goodell deal and would keep other owners updated.

A spokesman for Jones didn’t immediately respond to a request for

Jones claimed Tuesday on his radio show that ”well over half” the owners
agree with him in wanting a final vote after the committee is finished
negotiating the deal.

”With due respect, we urge Mr. Jones to drop his misguided litigation threats
and media campaign to undermine the committee’s mandate,” the letter said. ”And
we urge Mr. Jones to support the committee’s deliberations Matt Judon
, not attempt to sabotage them.”

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