Two owners were reportedly involved in a heated exchange earlier this week at the NFL owners meeting.
According to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham, Don Van Natta Jr., Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, and Robert Kraft, owner of New England Patriots were involved in a verbal altercation.
A few days later Van Natta revealed some more details about the altercation.
Here is what he said via NSEN
“Kraft is not as concerned about (Goodell’s contract as Jones),” Van Natta said, as transcribed by Audacy. “Kraft wasn’t as concerned about it back in 2017, nor was (Falcons owner) Arthur Blank, who was the chairman of the compensation committee, and so they got into it. And as I understand it, Kraft was sort of saying like ‘Again? We’re dealing with this again?’ And Jerry said to him ‘Don’t (expletive) with me,’ and Kraft said ‘Excuse me?’ And then Jerry ended it himself, I guess turned it into a PG rating and sort of said don?t mess with me.
“I know that Kraft and Jerry are — not only are they the two most powerful owners in the NFL, I think there is some rivalry there. Jerry beat Kraft to the Hall of Fame, that hurt Kraft. Believe me, that hurt Kraft. Jerry won that. And there is a lot of rivalry there, guys. So is it possible that don?t mess with me, don’t (expletive) with me, there’s some stuff between those guys? Yeah. But the way Jerry is viewing Goodell, I was told last night by people close to Jerry, it’s not personal. They insist it is about the contract and the structure of the new contract.”
The NFL owner drama has reached an all-time high in the last few weeks. We will have to wait to see if the two of them get into further arguments.