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Jerry Jones Mad At The System He Helped Create

Jerry Jones Mad At The System He Helped Create
From Deadspin - October 13, 2017

Cowboys owner and NFL shadow commissioner Jerry Jones isnt happy that a federal appeals court vacated Ezekiel Elliotts injunction, thus clearing the way for the running backs six-game suspension. Joness mood is to be expected, butsurprise!he also isnt happy about the extrajudicial process that led the league to suspend Elliott in the first place. Never mind that NFL owners like Jones are responsible for the existence of that process.

In an interview this morning with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones decried what he described as the unfairness of the NFLs disciplinary system. That system vests commissioner Roger Goodell with unchecked authority and was expanded three years ago to grant the league broad investigatory powers. Its reach also extends beyond the confines of the U.S. criminal justice system.

As Jones put it:

You do see unfairness. Even with our system. Its the best system in the world but it has its flaws. And you see that. One of the main reasons this country is here is because youre supposed to by precedent and law, youre supposed to have your day before your accuser. This process that we have, which is not like getting arrested, but this process in the NFL has the same equivalent when you are suspended even though its done away from the lawit looks like youve done something. And that to me is incumbent upon the NFL to basically follow some more fair procedures if its going to look like you did something whether you did or not. The law does provide us the outline and precedent with how to do itour system in the NFL does not.

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