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Don Van Natta Jr. offered more on ‘heated exchange’ between Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones

"I think there is some rivalry there."

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Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft in 2021. AP Photo/Steven Senne

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More on the Robert Kraft-Jerry Jones exchange: Earlier this week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft reportedly had a “heated exchange” with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during an NFL owners meeting regarding a measure to begin contract negotiations with league commissioner Roger Goodell.

“Don’t f*** with me,” Jones told Kraft at one point, according to ESPN reporters Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr.


On Wednesday, Van Natta spoke on the “Shan & RJ” show and gave more context about the episode.

“Kraft is not as concerned about that,” Van Natta said of the Goodell contract. “Kraft wasn’t as concerned about it back in 2017, nor was Arthur Blank, who was the chairman of the compensation committee, and so they got into it.

“As I understand it, Kraft was sort of saying, like, ‘Again? We’re dealing with this again?’ And Jerry said to him, ‘Don’t f*** 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.’

Van Natta also added that he believes there is a rivalry between Kraft and Jones.

“I know that Kraft and Jerry…not only are they the two most powerful owners in the NFL, I think there is some rivalry there,” said Van Natta. “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 f*** 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.”


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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Since he was the answer to yesterday’s trivia, we’ll spot you Jimmy Johnson.

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