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Jerry Jones: It’s ‘madness’ to think he’s not looking out for NFL’s best interests

Jerry Jones on Friday says it’s “madness” to believe everything he’s doing isn’t in the short- and long-term interest of the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys owner’s claim comes amid the perception his ongoing and escalating battle with his fellow owners over Roger Goodell’s contract extension has seemingly ignited a league-wide civil war.

“It would be madness to think that everything I’m doing isn’t in the best short and long-term interest of the NFL,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “I love this league and I love this game. And the men that are involved, the committee, the owners, they are really good men.

“Many have been there almost as long as I have. I’ve been knowing some of these people well over 30 years, and they know I have the NFL’s best interest in mind. And as the NFL goes, so goes the Cowboys.”

The developments in the NFL’s current crisis involving a Goodell vs. Jones showdown are coming rapidly with each day, if not more frequently, lending to the belief that things will only get uglier.

A new report from ESPN The Magazine states Jones is at least in part motivated by outrage over Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, with Jones allegedly threatening Goodell over the punishment.

“I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” Jones said, per the report. “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard [for Deflategate], Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to what I’m going to do.”

Jones previously suggested that Goodell was using the Elliott case as an “over-correction” for the public relations hit the NFL took in the wake of mishandling the Ray Rice controversy.

In light of the manner in which things continue to escalate, there’s no telling how — not to mention if or when — the issues between Jones and the NFL can be resolved without further drama and controversy.