Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will fight “tooth and nail” after National Football League Commission Roger Goodell is reportedly demanding millions of dollars in reimbursed legal fees from the owner, according to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
“I don’t think he is going to take it lying down,” Sherman told FOX Business. “He is going to fight it tooth and nail, and he is not really the one that you want to fight on with these things.”
Goodell, as The New York Times reported, wants Jones to pay for the legal fees that the NFL and the league’s compensation committee incurred while defending its decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations.
Sherman said Jones has prevailed against the league in past litigation.
In 1995, NFL Properties filed a $300 million lawsuit against Jones claiming that he had violated contracts by signing licensing deals worth tens of millions of dollars. He responded by filing a motion to dismiss, which was granted, and then he filed a $750 million antitrust lawsuit against the league. While portions of his lawsuit were dismissed, the league agreed to a settlement that allowed his stadium to maintain its contracts with Nike, Pepsi and American Express.
“People kind of forget about this, but we will see what happens,” Sherman added.