Jerry Jones expects Ezekiel Elliott to play opening day after NFL investigation into pattern of behavior

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Jerry Jones said the league is investigating Ezekiel Elliott‘s pattern of behavior rather than domestic violence allegations as it weighs whether to suspend the star running back. The Cowboys owner expects to have Elliott on the field for opening night.

“There are a couple of issues that might or might not fall — and that’s going to be up to the league to the decide — under the behavioral guidelines,” Jones told Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth during NBC’s coverage of the Hall of Fame Game. “But in my opinion, we’re preparing our team for Zeke and should.”

The NFL has never closed its investigation into domestic abuse allegations made against Elliott by an ex-girlfriend more than a year ago. Jones has maintained all along that evidence shows Elliott was innocent of an incident that led to no arrest or charges against Elliott.

But Elliott, 22, has made other unsavory headlines, including visiting a marijuana dispensary during a preseason trip to Seattle last season; exposing a woman’s breast during a St. Patrick’s Day festivity this offseason; and being involved in an altercation at a Dallas bar days before camp.

The idea that the league is investigating a pattern of behavior rather than the domestic violence allegations is a new one.

“The domestic violence is not an issue,” Jones said. “Zeke has had some other things that have been looked at and are being looked at. But from the domestic violence issue, there’s not an issue. I think that my hope is that Zeke is with us opening night, and I don’t want to get into anything that might in any way influence negatively that decision from the league office.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a four-person independent panel participated in a hearing with Elliott last month, according to a Michele Tafoya report during the game. The four-person panel will make a recommendation to Goodell, who eventually will decide whether to suspend Elliott.

Jones, who said last week a decision on Elliott was “imminent,” repeated that declaration Thursday night. A decision is not expected this week as Jones celebrates his Hall of Fame induction, with his party on Friday night and the enshrinement on Saturday night.

“I hope — really hope — that it be immediately,” Jones said. “I think that we will see that imminently.”

Elliott will learn from his mistakes, Jones said, although the owner obviously the learning experience doesn’t come at a cost to the Cowboys.

“I know first hand what it’s like for Zeke to go out in public,” Jones said. “It’s like a rock star. It’s almost uncontrollable, and so that’s a challenge. That would be a challenge for anyone. He’s got to learn to basically meet that challenge. It’s been my experience that when players have that type of attention, create that type of dynamic, they learn. They’ll hit that hot stove two or three times, but then they’ll quit touching. Hopefully, and I think that’s been the case. Zeke is exceptionally intelligent. He’s obviously a great player, and I can’t emphasize enough how hard he works. There’s nobody who works harder than he does, and is more professional about how he gets ready to play a game.”

22 responses to “Jerry Jones expects Ezekiel Elliott to play opening day after NFL investigation into pattern of behavior

  1. Sorry but visiting a Marijuana dispensary in a legal state is no different than going to a liquor store. Also, the cameras were rolling and did he buy anything? Just kinda irks me your going to lump this in with the other stuff he has done. If they aren’t going to suspend him for the domestic abuse, then he should start gm 1. The NFL is becoming like Minority report and would like to suspend guys before they actually commit a crime.

  2. skinsrock says:
    August 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Sorry but visiting a Marijuana dispensary in a legal state is no different than going to a liquor store. Also, the cameras were rolling and did he buy anything? Just kinda irks me your going to lump this in with the other stuff he has done. If they aren’t going to suspend him for the domestic abuse, then he should start gm 1. The NFL is becoming like Minority report and would like to suspend guys before they actually commit a crime.
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    Give me your opinion if Zeke pulled your daughter, wife, or significant other’s top off at a boat party? What if, hypothetically because i do not know the details of the bar incident, Zeke assaulted you at a bar over spilled milk(beer)? Im sure you’d bash the NFL for suspending Zeke.

  3. soflosportsfan of course somebody would play the “If it was your (insert female relative)” card. My mother was a married woman so of course I’d have an issue with it as I would if it was my daughter but if neither seemed to have an issue with it, as this woman didn’t, I could and would be ashamed of them for allowing him to think it was ok. If it was my wife? My wife wouldn’t be at a party like that without me or again allowed any guy to think that was fair game. Fact is all we have is that one clip to go by. We don’t know if she had done it herself prior to that or not. Not saying it makes it ok just saying everybody is basing this on a belief that the woman was some upstanding church going victim but we don’t know any of that. If she was the victim you and others wanna paint her out to be why didn’t she file charges? There’s video proof so he couldn’t deny it. If I had a daughter I wouldn’t want any guy touching her period but of course it’d happen anyways so should I be mad at her future husband as well? Your argument is nothing more than a lack of an argument.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 of course it was a payoff right? When Zeke’s investigation is dropped by police it’s a “payoff” and if he’s not suspended it’ll be a “payoff” and if Dallas had hung on to Whitehead after finding out he was innocent it would be a “payoff” but since they didn’t he’s a great guy and the Cowboys are still criticized. Most of y’all should wait til the end result of these situations to deal your criticism cause the backtracking on some of these things just makes y’all look stupid

  5. Marijuana is still a BANNED substance in the NFL according to the CBA in which Elliot plays under so actually, it is completely different than visiting a liquor store. It is irrelevant whether or not marijuana is legal in a particular state. The law of the NFL in which he is privileded to play for, says it is an illegal substance and therefor, it very much needs to be a factor in the punishment desicion. Now… where did I put my bong???

  6. “But in my opinion, we’re preparing our team for Zeke and should.”

    Of course Jerry would say that.

    Doesn’t mean he’s right.

  7. Note to NFL players – if the Bearded Woman Beater is let off this, by all means show all women the disrespect “they deserve” – all you have to do is to be a prime athlete and make millions for your team; Big Ben from the Pittsturd Rusty Nails is a serial woman abuser and he got off without a whimper – just look into how he has treated girl friends in his 20’s – eye opening.

    While beating on women is disgusting, it isn’t for the NFL – just don’t drag the hag out of the elevator. Can’t help you there, dudes.

  8. soflosportsfan says:
    August 3, 2017 at 10:50 pm
    Give me your opinion if Zeke pulled your daughter, wife, or significant other’s top off at a boat party? What if, hypothetically because i do not know the details of the bar incident, Zeke assaulted you at a bar over spilled milk(beer)? Im sure you’d bash the NFL for suspending Zeke.
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    Zeke may get suspended for the bar fight, I did forget about that for a moment… but the top thing… You have no idea what his relationship was with her, because she sounded friendly and cool with it after the fact… That is no more than anything that could happen in college or at Mardi Gras… It may stop sponsors but it shouldn’t have the NFL suspending him for it.

  9. bwstenger says:
    August 4, 2017 at 2:49 am
    Marijuana is still a BANNED substance in the NFL according to the CBA in which Elliot plays under so actually, it is completely different than visiting a liquor store. It is irrelevant whether or not marijuana is legal in a particular state. The law of the NFL in which he is privileded to play for, says it is an illegal substance and therefor, it very much needs to be a factor in the punishment desicion.
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    HUH??????? You are not right… You are basically saying his presence in a shop is grounds for suspension even though on video in the shop he never bought anything? Glad you don’t run my state.

  10. This really doesn’t pass the smell test, not at all.

    I can’t help but think Jones has paid everybody off that needed to get paid off.

  11. I’m sick of United States society dogging the hell out of its citizens for choosing to smoke marijuana instead of tobacco. Tobacco is a known carcinogen and pot is actually healthy for you. Its a control measure centered around industry that started with the steel industry being against hemp. Then lied to the country saying it would make you violent and crazy. Lies. If Zeke wants to smoke a joint before the game and at halftime I’m still supporting him, but if he puts a cigarette in his mouth then yes he needs counseling. Leave this man the hell alone!!!

  12. How sad… how SAD… that Jerry Jones had to spend 10 minutes talking about an immature Zeke Ellliott on national TV… during the HALL OF FAME GAME… HIS HOF induction game.

    This isn’t just about visiting a dispensary… this is about overall attitude and behavior at the level of a high school teenager. Stay out of the news for anything but FOOTBALL man. Stay OUT. Don’t act like a child, act like a responsible man. Grow up.

    Zeke should apologize to Jerry and his team, but obviously still looks stunted in emotional development.

  13. The court of public opinion is at it again. Well hey, according to law, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Not sure what Zeke is guilty of, or why commentators on this site act like they’ve never been a rich 21-year old who wants to enjoy the fruits of his labour. Well actually, I do and a lot of these opinions come from a place far removed from wealth or youth. If a 21-year old kid is supposed to have it figured out and doesn’t make a few mistakes while learning how to mature into a grown man then I guess the concept of growth is frivolous. Stop being so quick to judge and think before you type. I know being a keyboard warrior is awesome when you don’t have much going on in your personal life, but please refrain from passing judgement on people and things in which you do not know and have never or will ever experience.

  14. To all of those holier than thou people who think Zeke is a bad person, think back to when you were a young person full of piss and vinegar. Some of the things you did were just plain dumb. Now multiply that by 1000 because he has millions in his bank account and try to understand.Some people need to burn their fingers several times before they realize the stove will burn you.

  15. youngnoizecom says:
    August 4, 2017 at 10:38 am
    The court of public opinion is at it again. Well hey, according to law, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Not sure what Zeke is guilty of, or why commentators on this site act like they’ve never been a rich 21-year old who wants to enjoy the fruits of his labour. Well actually, I do and a lot of these opinions come from a place far removed from wealth or youth. If a 21-year old kid is supposed to have it figured out and doesn’t make a few mistakes while learning how to mature into a grown man then I guess the concept of growth is frivolous. Stop being so quick to judge and think before you type. I know being a keyboard warrior is awesome when you don’t have much going on in your personal life, but please refrain from passing judgement on people and things in which you do not know and have never or will ever experience.
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    I’m sorry, I thought this way a football message board and not a courtroom.

    SMH.

  16. @ramblinwreck66… WOW… yeah, right, I guess it takes a few times to know not to pull down a girls shirt in public… only for fools and children.

    If being young and having lots of money automatically makes us stupid…
    Why are their so many OTHER RESPONSIBLE sports MILLIONAIRES… and YOUNG ones too… who aren’t constantly on the radar?
    Why aren’t they ALL Manziels and Elliotts?
    Why is Zeke the foremost news story on young foolishness right now?

    It’s because his PERSONAL decision… to act dumb.

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