Stephen Jones: NFL’s investigation into Ezekiel Elliott not efficient enough

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Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the NFL has taken too long in its investigation of Ezekiel Elliott. More than a year has passed since an ex girlfriend accused the star running back of domestic violence, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday he has not made a decision yet.

These things are tough for everybody,” Jones said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s tough for the league. It’s tough for the team. It’s tough for the player. I think, at some point, you should be able to get the information in some sort of time frame that it doesn’t carry on like this particular investigation has. So I would hope as a league, just like we do everything else, that we look for ways to get more efficient and to do things in a better way. I’m not being critical.

“These things, we’re obviously in new territory when we started our own investigative team at the NFL level. It’s not like we’ve been doing this like we’ve been playing games and things of that nature, so just as we do everything we look at ways to improve it. Hopefully we’ll be better at this as we move forward in the future.”

Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter predicted Monday that Elliott would be suspended within “the next 48 hours.” Jones dismissed the report on Fox Sports 1 as speculation.

The Cowboys continue to insist Elliott has done nothing to earn a suspension as the Columbus (Ohio) city prosecutor’s office declined to press charges against Elliott after a six-week investigation.

“Hopefully we’ll have Zeke for the full 16,” Jones said. “That’s what we’re counting on.”

22 responses to “Stephen Jones: NFL’s investigation into Ezekiel Elliott not efficient enough

  1. The NFL doesn’t care about investigating efficiently. The NFL only cares about PR and currying favor with the social media crowd. Oh and money. They care about that too

  2. I agree. Either suspend or don’t but don’t drag it out for over a year. Makes it seem as though they’re looking to see if he dropped a candy wrapper on a sidewalk.

  3. these things dont linger do they?? nice distraction heading into year 2.

    watch his demeanor on the sidelines. this guy will never change his personality and will just keep being percy being percy. or zeke being zeke. he’s a prick.

  4. Jones would be whining like crazy if the investigation was fast tracked and the punishment was a suspension too.

    Let’s face it… High character guys are not a requirement in Dallas.

  5. you didn’t seem to mind when last year’s Lane Johnson situation wasn’t resolved before TC broke, did you Mr. Jones? The league should work the same way for everyone. Suck it up.

  6. Perhaps if the Jones’ brat and his Doctor/GM/Psychologist/Rocket Scientist father would draft men of character, you’d not have to whine about the length of investigations.

    Dallas Rump Riders: We don’t have standards on character. Winning is what we impersonate.

  7. Well I’m pretty sure the decision has already been made. The only thing being debated is whether the league gives Ted Wells a few million to write up something that makes it appear plausible (as long as you never graduated 3rd grade)…

  8. denverdude7 says:
    August 8, 2017 at 4:16 am
    Jones would be whining like crazy if the investigation was fast tracked and the punishment was a suspension too.

    Let’s face it… High character guys are not a requirement in Dallas.
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    Are you new to sports? High character guys are not a requirement on any team in any league. If you think Dallas is the only team that drafts questionable guys, look no further than the great New England Patriots….after all, they draft Aaron Hernandez. It seems like Dallas leads the league in these kinds of things because they are the Cowboys….Americas Team….yes, America’s Team….not because everyone loves them, but because everyone has an opinion on them…..unlike the Jaguars….nobody cares about them. Everyone cares about Dallas. Youre either a fan, or you hate them with a passion, but make no mistake…..they do bring an emotional response out of you.

  9. The leagues gave the Giants Josh Brown a 1 game suspension (reduced from 6 games) after he was arrested for domestic violence and he had assaulted her at least 8 times in the past. So I ask the question, how do you give a habitual domestic abuser like Josh Brown 1 game after being arrested….Yet in Zeke’s case, you have an accuser who go into a bar fight the night of the alleged abuse, showed up at Zeke’s party uninvited, got angry when Zeke was there with another woman, screamed at him that she would ruin his career, asked her friend to lie to the police about seeing Zeke beat her, the police refused to arrest him due to lack of credible evidence…..and we are talking about 2 or more games?

    If Zeke gets ANY suspension for an accusation that was proven to be false based on the accusers own best friend’s sworn affidavit and Josh Brown got 1 game after being arrested and charged and had at least 8 prior incidents…..its proof that John Mara runs the league and the commissioners office. After all, it was Mara that forced the commissioner to penalize the Cowboys and Redskins for “violating” the spirit of the non capped season and stole $10 in salary cap space a few years ago.

  10. Reading is fundemental (well unless you’re from philthy, bless their hearts). Most if not all agree with Stephen’s assertion that the league is not good at these investigations and need to improve all aspects, including the bias that some lead investigators have (the one running the Zeke investigation is a rabid giants fan). She can delay it but at the end of the day they got nothing and Zeke will be vindicated.

  11. DOODZ!

    He says he is NOT being critical, so you KNOW he wasn’t being that way! ‘Nuff said. NFL need to clean up they act and get legit. When a team’s heart and soul is left in limbo like this, something MUST be done so that that team and their star player can get on with their lives and get ready for sum footbawl! Forget all this wishy-washy legal mumbo jumbo, what IS IMPORTANT is that Zeke be allowed to get back on dat grass, smoke all dem foolz, and pound it in the endzone for the GREATEST TEAM in the world, ‘Murica’s Team y’all, ya heard, Dem Boyz!

    Now if the Boyz would only sign #ALLKAEPS! Think about that! He’d make everyone forget what a great rookie year that other guy had!

  12. Lets see the guy hits women, pulls their tops down continues to get into fights in bars covered up by police and you all stand up for him. NFL wants to be looked at as a character corporations than punish the player. The self entitlement because you are a owner with a large wallet, says it all.

  13. melikefootball says:
    August 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    Lets see the guy hits women, pulls their tops down continues to get into fights in bars covered up by police and you all stand up for him. NFL wants to be looked at as a character corporations than punish the player. The self entitlement because you are a owner with a large wallet, says it all.

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    You need to change your name from “melikefootball” to “mehatefacts”.

  14. melikefootball says:
    August 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    Lets see the guy hits women, pulls their tops down continues to get into fights in bars covered up by police and you all stand up for him. NFL wants to be looked at as a character corporations than punish the player. The self entitlement because you are a owner with a large wallet, says it all.

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    I love the absolute conviction you have on all these topics. “The guys hits women”. This comes from your first hand knowledge of these repeated occurrences, or is it simply that your distaste for the Cowboys leads you to believe the worst about any accusations against them? Despite the fact that there is literally zero evidence you have ever seen that would confirm that he “hits women”, you sure don’t mind declaring that he does like it’s fact.

    Can we stop acting like the situation at Mardi Gras was some disgusting display of sexual aggression and he’s a predator that must be stopped? It was an immature act, but among friends — and although I’m not defending the action itself — she was reportedly not too upset about it and continued to do it herself afterwards.

    You also have zero evidence that he “gets in fights in bars” although I love the use of “continues to” to imply that this is a recurring issue. I especially love the suggestion that the police covered it up. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and you have absolutely none, but that doesn’t stop you and other idiots from spouting off about how guilty this guy is on every single account.

  15. Well. It seems crystal clear that any fan base of any team will back their guy no matter the infraction. It’s also clear that rival fans will dump on that player and his fans whether warranted or not. In other words, the more things change the more they stay the same. Everyone can’t be pleased. I know that comes as a shock to some but it really is the way of the world. What happens to Elliot will happen and quite frankly fans can’t do much about it one way or the other. BTW? I believe it should be done by now one way or the other. My opinion. Which is all I really got in this matter.

  16. I have to laugh at at some of these comments that people fear Dallas and Ezekiel’s abilities and that is why they want him suspended. First off, there are running backs better than him, such as LeSean McCoy and Le-Veon Bell. However, that is not the point.

    If Elliot is domestically violent, then he deserves punishment. This a situation that cannot even be compared to Tom Brady’s deflated footballs and suspension. I am no Brady fan and think he is arrogant as hell, but he is not a wife beater and seems like a decent guy. Now, Ben Roethlisberger… I consider him a rapist who was never charged and should have been suspended from the NFL.

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