Jerry Jones reimburses National Football League more than $2M in legal fees

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Jones reimbursed the NFL for more than $2 million in legal fees stemming from Elliott's suspension case and commissioner Roger Goodell's contract-extension talks. Jones' opposition to Goodell is based in part on the league's decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games after investigating domestic violence allegations raised against Elliott by a former girlfriend. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it was resolved by Jones writing a check for $2 million.

Jerry Jones has paid his "fine" to the National Football League, according to reports.

In fact, the payment was requested under an NFL rule requiring owners to repay their fellow owners for any legal fees resulting from litigation against the league.

Jones is one of the NFL's wealthiest owners and Forbes valued the Cowboys as the No. 1 franchise in all of sports at $4.8 billion.

Jones testified under oath in front of Goodell and the finance committee during a hearing on Monday in West Palm Beach, Fla. Jones has been at the forefront of many battles, and in recent years has brought up the idea of the league doing away with their marijuana restrictions.

Jones denied that his attempt to scuttle the contract was tied to Elliott's suspension, but made repeated references to Goodell's power to punish players. The league received retribution for Jones' contesting of the commissioner's new contract, threatening legal action, and also for the team's involvement in the legal defense of Ezekiel Elliott.

Here's the problem with that: All 32 owners - including Jones - had previously voted to let the compensation committee handle Goodell's extension without input from the entire league.

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