According to the New York Times, the Dallas Cowboys owner has hired lawyer David Boies (who finds himself involved in the Harvey Weinstein scandal) and has threatened to sue the league and some team owners over the negotiations over Goodell's contract extension.
Per the ESPN report, someone who "spoke recently with Goodell" said he is "furious" over Jones and "other owners' insistence that his next contract's compensation should be more performance-based" with incentives created to only get him back to "roughly the same level of his current deal".
Lockhart added that the league is aware of Jones' potential lawsuit, which apparently has been sparked by star running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.
The whole thing, according to a report from Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta on ESPN, has left Goodell "furious".
With several owners already siding with Jones (though not enough to form a majority), Goodell should be happy with just about whatever he gets, frankly.
What did Goodell do about the protests? ESPN reported as far back as September that Jones was delaying contract-extension negotiations, with one source then telling ESPN that negotiations would be done if not for Jones. La Canfora also noted the league pointed toward a unanimous vote, including a yes from Jones, from the spring to give Goodell a new deal through 2024.
The league has grown to unprecedented financial success under Goodell. He has served as commissioner since 2006. It's also impossible to empathize with Jerry Jones, who ordered his players to stand during the national anthem after Jones spoke to Donald Trump.
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 23: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneels for the National Anthem before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.