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Cowboys owner Jones fined $25K for ref comments
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Updated: September 28, 2008, 1:51 PM ET
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton's pending appeal of a $15,000 fine for his criticism of game officials may have lost some momentum, because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been fined $25,000 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the same offense.
Jones was fined last week after he criticized referee Ed Hochuli for his overall performance following Hochuli's gaffe in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers.
"I stepped out of bounds," Jones told ESPN's Ed Werder on Sunday. "Roger [Goodell] is doing his job."
Jones' $25,000 fine was a greater amount because owners are held to a higher standard. Steelers owner Dan Rooney was fined $25,000 last year for his criticism of game officials. Ironically, Jones and Rooney are strong internal supporters of Goodell.
Payton was fined for criticizing officials Monday after the Saints' 34-32 loss last Sunday in Denver. Payton planned to appeal because be believed Jones and Chargers coach Norv Turner had not been fined for similar comments.
While Jones was penalized, Turner was not because Goodell determined that Turner's one-word postgame description of Hochuli's blown call as "unacceptable" was his only negative remark.
The day after the Chargers-Broncos game, Turner publicly deferred questions to the league office and declined to comment further on Hochuli, which Goodell determined is the appropriate conduct.