Goodell asks Jerry Jones for reimbursement tied to criticism

Though it was previously described as a fine, it's not being called "reimbursement" built up over 20 years. It's a rich statement, given it didn't necessarily have to be applied.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is looking for millions of dollars in legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry because of Jones' attempt to prevent or stall Goodell's contract extension (h/t Bleacher Report.)

Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, "it's a reimbursement of costs incurred by member clubs," and he says Goodell first conferred with owners. The amount will be over $2 million. 

Rapaport's tweet partially cleared up the matter.

Clarity on NFL and #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: Its not a fine, its a reimbursement of costs incurred by member clubs. More than $2M. The resolution has been on the books for more than 20 years. Goodell did this after consulting with owners.

The New York Times' Ken Belson had first reported it as a fine. Goodell was unhappy with Jones pushing for suspension avoidance for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott after the league had already investigated domestic violence claims against the Pro Bowler.

Jones had gone so far as - according to numerous reports - planning to have Goodell pushed out of the league and replaced with a handpicked commissioner.