After adamantly defending Ezekiel Elliott against domestic violence claims, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is rumored to be furious over his six-game suspension.
Last Saturday, the NFL honored Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones by inducting the 74-year old into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Less than a week later, and Jones is rumored to be furious with the league.
On Friday, the NFL handed down a six-game suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott. After a year-long investigation, the league determined Elliott violated it’s personal-conduct policy based on several alleged domestic violence incidents stemming from last July.
This outcome is very different than the one Jones predicted late last month, when he adamantly defended Elliott’s actions, publicly declaring that he saw no evidence of domestic violence. The league obviously felt differently, handing down a six-game ban that could potentially have Zeke benched until Week Eight of the upcoming regular season.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Jones is furious following the announcement of the suspension per a unnamed source.
News that Jones and the Cowboys organization are potentially beyond upset is understandable. Publicly, they have defended Elliott and preached the fact they didn’t believe he’d be suspended at all. Now, to potentially have to play without him for the first half of the upcoming regular season is devastating.
Last season, Elliott led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards. That was 300 more yards than the league’s second-best rusher, Chicago’s Jordan Howard. Zeke’s performance help the Cowboys obtain a 13-3 season-ending record in 2016 and allowed the team’s second playoff bid in three years.
Undoubtedly, Ezekiel Elliott will appeal the six game ban and wait on a response. But if the result isn’t positive, I fully expect Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys to go to war with the NFL. By doing so, the Cowboys may be able to delay the suspension, allowing Elliott to play until his legal issues are resolved. Regardless, this feels like only the beginning of a storyline that’s already lasted over a year.