Jason Garrett on Ezekiel Elliott: We believe very strongly in him as person, player

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he hasn’t spoken to Ezekiel Elliott since Sunday when the star running back allegedly was involved in an altercation at a Dallas bar. Garrett would not elaborate on why he has yet to speak to Elliott, who will report to The Star with the rest of his teammates Friday for physicals.

Garrett said others in the organization have talked to Elliott, and owner Jerry Jones already confirmed he had talked to Elliott.

“I don’t want to make any comment on the situation,” Garrett said. “We’re still gathering information on what that whole situation was. Zeke’s someone we believe very strongly in as a person and as a football player, and we’re going to continue to believe in him and try to put a structure around him and all of our players to help them make great decisions and grow – grow on and off the field.”

Dallas Police are investigating an assault that left a DJ with a broken nose but have not arrested anyone and did not list Elliott as a suspect in their initial report.

Elliott has had other off-field incidents, including an ongoing NFL investigation into domestic violence allegations. Elliott was never arrested or charged in allegations made by an ex-girlfriend more than a year ago, but ESPN reported that Elliott was bracing for a short suspension from that case.

“I don’t want to speak to any specific incident, but there’s no question when something happens off the field, we have to address it, and we have to make sure that we’re on top of it, and we understand what happened and get all the information about what happened or what didn’t happen and address it accordingly,” Garrett said, “and hold ourselves and each other accountable to what the standards are. And we’ll continue to do that.”

Cornerback Nolan Carroll and linebacker Damien Wilson also face possible league discipline for recent arrests. Carroll was arrested on a DWI charge in May, and Wilson was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, accused of backing his truck into a woman and threatening a man with a rifle during a July 4 dispute with tailgaters.

“We’ve had some incidents here in the offseason that we’ve had to address,” Garrett said. “If we didn’t believe in the players who were involved in the incidents they wouldn’t be with our team. We believe in them. Doesn’t mean they’re infallible. People make mistakes. It’s our job to respond the right way, hold them accountable, hold themselves accountable. We’re still finding out about a couple incidents here the last couple of weeks and once we get that information we’ll respond accordingly. But the standards are high here. We believe we have the right kind of guys on our football team. We believe very strongly in the character of our football team, but again that doesn’t mean people aren’t going to make mistakes. It’s our job to respond the right way.”

16 responses to “Jason Garrett on Ezekiel Elliott: We believe very strongly in him as person, player

  1. Translation … he’s a good player and we don’t care how disgusting and reprehensible he is.

  2. Surprised he didn’t open with “we remain extremely grateful even bigger enablers than Jerry Jones and the Cowboys exist in the league in Mike Brown, Marvin Lewis, and the Cincinnati Bengals”.

    No one in the NFL cares about character. They care about production. But few care less about character than Jones and the Cowboys.

  3. Jason, really? Really??? Either get yourself checked out or share what you’re smoking.

  4. vikings1234 says:
    Jul 19, 2017 3:44 PM
    Jason, really? Really??? Either get yourself checked out or share what you’re smoking.

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    This just in- Jason has been suspended 4 games for smoking with the D line. As a cowboy fan totally tired of the BS. Maybe just more disgusted I guess that my 6 year old favorite player is Zek. To Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett- no other professional sports team in Dallas has issues off the field with their players like you idiots do, so it’s not the “atmosphere”.

  5. Is Jason Garrett from the school of Urban Meyer and Art Briles in “disciplining” players? These three coaches could fill a prison with all the criminals they’ve coached.

  6. Boiler plate statement. Why even give it coverage? Every coach in the league has the same speech they give whenever a player is accused or being investigated for something.

    The believe in the guy as a good person and a player right up until they don’t.

  7. granadafan says:
    Jul 19, 2017 4:09 PM
    Is Jason Garrett from the school of Urban Meyer and Art Briles in “disciplining” players? These three coaches could fill a prison with all the criminals they’ve coached.
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    He’s from the Coach K School of Indefinite Suspensions.

  8. Oh, right Jason. I believe very strongly on Zeke’s behalf too….. I believe very strongly that he is immature, that he has limited common sense and that he will more than likely throw away his career sooner rather than later if he doesn’t get himself together. I’m so glad my team didn’t draft this guy. #ZekeTheSlowLeak

  9. JG: Jerruh, we have a problem with Zeke.
    JJ: Well, what seems to be the problem?
    JG: Another off-field issue. What should I tell the Press?
    JJ: Tell them “We believe very strongly in him as person, player”…

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