Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared his respect after Roger Goodell and the NFL after they came down with a heavy hand on their prize free agent signing of the offseason, Greg Hardy, so it comes as no surprise that Jones again trumpeted support for Goodell when asked about the punishments doled out to the New England Patriots this week.
Hardy was suspended for 10 games. The Patriots, as a result of the Deflategate investigation, were hit with an unprecedented $1 million fine, the loss of a first and fourth round pick and a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady.
In the wake of both cases, critics accused the NFL of acting arbitrarily but Jones insists that “fairness” is actually one of Goodell’s best qualities as commissioner.
“I think he’s doing a great job, and I’m a big supporter of his,” Jones said this week, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’ve certainly had the benefit of his role as commissioner and being penalized in the past. But I’m a big supporter of his. I know one of his best qualities is fairness.”