What will Jerry Jones do in response to Ezekiel Elliott suspension?

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When the NFL suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2015, owner Robert Kraft decided that discretion is the better part of valor. With the NFL suspending Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, owner Jerry Jones may decide to go to the mattresses.

Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Jones is “considering all options.”

Elliott can appeal the suspension, and he can sue to block or delay it. For the Cowboys generally, there’s not much that can be done.

Officially. Unofficially, Jones can do plenty. He reportedly accosted verbally NFL investigative chief Lisa Friel last October regarding the situation, and it’s been believed for months that Jones has made it clear to the league office that he won’t be as compliant as Kraft was, if Elliott is suspended.

During an owners-only meeting in March, Jones (as PFT reported) raised concerns about the league’s marijuana policy, the league’s habit of conducting its own investigations, and the procedures for determining Commissioner compensation. Since then, Stephen and/or Jerry Jones publicly have acknowledged concerns as to the first two issues. The Elliott suspension could provide the impetus for Jones to make a more direct attack on the wages to be paid to Roger Goodell after his current contract expires in two years.

Jones could even take it one step farther, trotting out his own candidate(s) to “take the league to the next level” (or something far more folksy and/or mosquito-circumcisey).

However it plays out, Jones has seen one of his necessarily shrinking opportunities for gloryhole scrapped. If he can’t win games this year, look for him to try to win revenge instead.

105 responses to “What will Jerry Jones do in response to Ezekiel Elliott suspension?

  1. Well I’ll take a stab at the thought someone will rewrite that first sentence. Beyond that Jerry should “Trump” Roger, go absolutely nuclear on the league office.

    It is a time like this that I truly miss Al Davis!

  2. I love how people like Mara, Jerry Jones, etc, tell Kraft to take it up the bunghole on framejobs by Goodell, but when Jerry is railroaded by Goodell, somehow now Jerrah will fight back.

    Jerry is one of the owners who created this monster known as Goodell.

    Meanwhile, mysteriously, PacMan Jones is still on an NFL roster and Goodell once tried to pretend the Ray Rice event never occurred.

    So, you tell us, Jerrah.

  3. Robert Kraft made a firm but classy statement in support of Brady, and essentially left the draft choices and $1M penalties alone. He also left Brady to follow whatever Brady thought was best. Brady, as history bore, chose wisely. Do not expect Jones to be Kraft-like. What Jones should do is cut Elliot for damaging the brand. He won’t.

  4. Crack wise all you want. The truth is Jones is far smarter, craftier and resourceful certainly than the combined talents of those who write and post on this blog. If something can be done, he will find a way to do it. If not, then likely Elliott did it. I aint buying it. I cannot believe the league really decided this based upon her being more believable then him. That is insanity. Do you realize how many 20-23 year old players have hooked up with crazy women? I am not saying that is what happened here–like all of you–I DONT KNOW. But, I have worked in live events and broadcasting a long, long time and seen many of these guys up close. Yes, they are sometimes with some real nutjobs, and any of these women can ruin them simply by crying wolf. It’s ridiculous. It really is.

  5. Jerry it’s different when the shoe is on the other foot isn’t it..when Brady was suspended for absolutely nothing you and all your league cronies laughed .well he who laughs last laughs best..

  6. buteveryone keeps telling us its all the o-line’s success that makes zeke good. anyone can run behind that line. if thats the case, this team should be fine for 6 games

  7. I honestly really hope that Jerry uses all of his resources possible to do something about this. The league is being ruined by all of these he said, she said investigations and the NFL playing private detectives. It has to stop.

    I hope Elliott sues the NFL too and follows through with it.

    With all of that being said, I’m not saying he’s innocent of these allegations. But goodness, the NFL thinking they are the law needs to stop.

  8. If Jones truly verbally accosted a league employee, Goodell should suspend him as well. That can’t be tolerated.

    Jones consistently draft/signs players of questionable character in a desperate effort to prove he can win without Jimmy Johnson. Now he wants to change the rules to make it acceptable. Hall of Famer indeed.

  9. Put Goodell’s visit to the Patriot pre-season game – he was seeking Robert Kraft’s support. Goodell knows that he is taking major risk by alienating Jones so he needs support. He likely has Mara’s approval but probably also needed Kraft to remain silent. This has all the indications of a power play that Goodell thinks he can win. He virtually guarantees the Giants the NFC East!

  10. NFL backed themselves into a corner listening to the other owners to suspend Brady despite what the evidence indicated.

    How much you want to bet that he had owners that have issues with Jones saying “you suspended Brady with less proof, and this is domestic violence related, do you want it to appear your playing favourites?”

  11. This suspension is unjustified … if you’re a Cowboys fan. The rest of the world thinks the dirtbag got what he deserved.

  12. Hopefully Jerry gets his haircut fixed first. That should be his number one priority right now.

  13. It’s simple Jerry. Grow a pair, cut the strings to your puppet and watch him collapse into irrelevance. You screwed it up, you can fix it.

  14. “I hope Elliott sues the NFL too and follows through with it.”

    Pointless. He will be painted into the same corner Brady was.

    Judge Berman: “What proof do you have Tom Brady engaged in a ball deflation scheme?”

    League: “None your honor”

    Then at the next level of appeal it was affirmed Goodell doesn’t need proof and the CBA allows him to do pretty much whatever he wants for whatever reason, proof or no proof.

  15. Kraft didn’t fight it initially. What does that tell you? He certainly had the resources and backing to do it. If your first judgment is take the punishment and move on. Doesn’t that mean that you think the punishment is fair and you just want to move on. As for Jones, he is the ultimate mover and shaker who could sell an eskimo flip flops. I’d appeal, hope for a reduction and just move on. If Elliott is truly innocent, go nuclear and drag this out in the courts.

  16. .
    Looking at the schedule, I think Jerry will be responding with a 3-3 start.

    Week 1: vs. Giants
    Week 2: at Broncos
    Week 3: at Cardinals
    Week 4: vs. Rams
    Week 5: vs. Packers
    Week 7: at 49ers
    .

  17. Regardless of which team you like, all of these suspensions/investigations/controversies have really tainted the league. We’re all sick of reading or watching NFL news and this is all we hear about. Let the legal system deal with legal issues. Time for Goodell to be replaced.

  18. Jerry will tell him to look at what Brady did and try to repeat that. People make mistakes. Brady recovered from his and won the super bowl. Now Jerry will tell Zeke to get real mad and go out and win a super bowl.

  19. lowesislander says:
    August 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm
    Regardless of which team you like, all of these suspensions/investigations/controversies have really tainted the league. We’re all sick of reading or watching NFL news and this is all we hear about. Let the legal system deal with legal issues. Time for Goodell to be replaced.

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    I agree wholeheartedly. He singlehandedly makes the NFL unwatchable.

  20. This is what he gets for pushing for Brady’s suspension last season. I wish I could have seen his face when he got the word. Had to be priceless… I love karma. Zeke got what he deserved and so did Jerrah.

  21. If Zeke hurt that woman, he should be hammered. But the NFL should be required to show some consistency in its penalties. If Zeke gets six, how does the admitted wife-beater for the Giants get one???? The NFLPA should weigh in on that one.

  22. 3-3? I’d guess 2-4! Wins over the Rams and 49ers and that’s it. It is a point of fact that their defense was AWFUL last year and it only got worse in the offseason. They have 3 receiving options, one of which is Witten’s corpse who can no longer run. Dak never had to carry the team last year.

    They vastly overachieved last year and were due for a regression anyway. Zeke (who was their best player) being gone for more than 1/3 the season will only exaggerate the loss total.

    Dallas won’t make the playoffs.

  23. No way suspension stands, Elliot cooperated in the investigation, so-called “victims” friends contradicted her story. No charges were ever filed. The NFL is going in for a long hard fight with Jerry Jones. He’s no Robert Kraft who immediately took punishment when they knew they were caught in their cheating.

  24. Drug suspensions, guys killing teammates in DUI crashes, woman beaters, guns, bar fights etc. etc. etc.

    Ewok getting busted down for being a woman beater should not be a surprise, and it is probably deserved.

    Look at the people the Cowboys organization employs. Look at what is acceptable as far as behavior and character goes.

    Before Cowboy fan blames Goodell or Jerry plots revenge for this supposed travesty put upon his precious player (whom he shamefully enables by the way) you have only to look at the culture this team. It is rotten to the core.

  25. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    August 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm
    Hilarious that Patriot fans think their numerous instances of being caught cheating are similar to this tempest in a teapot. #tainted

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    Fact: Never been “caught”.

    Framed. As proven AFTER Goodell cheated.

    Buy a dictionary if you need to.

  26. The answer is Jones will sign more bad guys.

    One thing here — don’t blame the NFL or even Goodell (who’s not one of my favorite people, by the way) about all these suspensions. The Players know the rules and they are the ones who break them and they are the ones who cause all this media attention. I know this, too — the good guys in the NFL who don’t break the rules or the law don’t like these trouble makers any more than I do.
    I don’t care what the rule is about, if a player breaks it, he deserves to be dealt with. If it’s about personal conduct, or drugs, or PED’s, or beating up a wife or girlfriend, or abusing a child, the NFL should hammer them as hard as they are allowed.
    If we as fans want this stuff to go away, start booing the hell out of these guys when they return to the field after serving their suspensions. And don’t buy their jerseys, either.
    I would love it if we never saw another report about a player being suspended or arrested again. But they can’t even go a week without someone being arrested or suspended, or both.

  27. gauchosporlife says:
    August 11, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    No way suspension stands, Elliot cooperated in the investigation, so-called “victims” friends contradicted her story. No charges were ever filed. The NFL is going in for a long hard fight with Jerry Jones. He’s no Robert Kraft who immediately took punishment when they knew they were caught in their cheating.

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    False again.

    NE has never cheated.

    Kraft is far too nice and chose the NFL dollar signs over his own (Pats brand).

    It’s also what he was TOLD to do by people like John Mara and Jerry Jones, each of whom have been owners longer and have more established brands, feeling threatened by Kraft.

  28. aarons444 says:

    August 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I love how Patriots fans make everything about themselves.

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    It’s because we’re the only team that matters.

  29. This isn’t necessarily about the Patriots. However, it was the NFL owners that raised the stakes and went after its biggest star, Tom Brady and that’s what really ties this back to the Patriots. Where was Jerry Jones when the league went after Tom Brady? We know where he was. He was one of the owners behind it.

    “He’s got obviously a very tough job,” Jones said of Goodell, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “Now I see some people doing that, that’s that old violin that’s not feeling too sorry for him because that’s why you pay the big bucks is to deal with the big problems. But he’s doing an outstanding job. I can tell you firsthand that in his spot you have to with people that you are counting on to help build and to help excel as far as the National Football League, I’m talking about the owners, you have to know that you’re going to make some decisions that are very unpopular with that particular group. This is the case.”

    Well, there you go. Jerry supports Roger and the NFL, unless that’s the OLD VIOLIN we hear

  30. docsmith54 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 3:13 pm
    Robert Kraft made a firm but classy statement in support of Brady, and essentially left the draft choices and $1M penalties alone. He also left Brady to follow whatever Brady thought was best. Brady, as history bore, chose wisely. Do not expect Jones to be Kraft-like. What Jones should do is cut Elliot for damaging the brand. He won’t.

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    You’d cut a top run back who ran for 1800 yards as a rookie because a woman who he was leaving behind for the NFL got angry with him for showing up at a party he didnt invite her to with another woman…..confronted him and the other woman, screamed that she was calling the police and would ruin his career and then tried to coerce her own witness to lie to the police???? You would really cut someone over an unproven allegation? So, I’m guessing you think the Patriots should have cut Brady over the sketchy “science” behind him deflating footballs….after all, he damaged the brand!

  31. Jerry one week loves the guy next wants replaced with HIS guy. The NFL has lost its way…if it wasn’t for the fantasy leagues being so popular how many fans would walk away. Between Kraft and Jones flexing their money power and players feeing they are bigger than the game, when will enough be enough. Please we all have more since than to see Elliot is not the best man has to offer, he has repeatedly put himself in less than favorable positions. He has the Columbus Ohio State cloud save him, he has had the Dallas police Cowboy cloud save him and now the league finally sees this guy need taken down a peg or two. Accountability a word the NFL needs to learn meaning.

  32. Who cares what the Dallas Rump Rider owner does or says?

    That clown is the reason why we are here – he drafts low lifes and bums and now wants us to feel sorry for him?

    Hopefully Jerruh Jones will suffer a massive face lift failure and his eye brows hang down to his navel.

    The Rump Riders deserve this and more.

  33. Weeteblog says to docsmith54:
    You’d cut a top run back who ran for 1800 yards as a rookie because a woman who he was leaving behind for the NFL got angry with him for showing up at a party he didnt invite her to with another woman…..confronted him and the other woman, screamed that she was calling the police and would ruin his career and then tried to coerce her own witness to lie to the police???? You would really cut someone over an unproven allegation? So, I’m guessing you think the Patriots should have cut Brady over the sketchy “science” behind him deflating footballs….after all, he damaged the brand!
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    Yes.

  34. Jerry should do the responsible thing and hire Ray Rice (wife beater), OJ (kidnapper, armed robber) or Ray Lewis (2x murderer) to mentor young Zeke after his suspension. These exemplarary role models should keep Zeke on the straight and narrow.

    Nothing for Jerry to complain about. Nobody has ever made him sign or draft a single one of his junkies or felons. He only cares if they can “ball”. Character is a nonfactor in Dallas.

  35. aarons444 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I love how Patriots fans make everything about themselves.
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    That must be why you talk about them all of the time.

  36. NFLPA gave the NFL this power over it’s members. They wanted more money and less practice, and they got it. Didn’t really think about what they were giving up to get it though.

    Maybe on the next round of negotiations they’ll get some better judicial review, but actually have to practice more than two weeks out of the summer. That’ll be win-win.

  37. If Goodell really wanted to suspend him for 6 games, he would have issued an 8 game suspension. He clearly wants to suspend him for 4,
    .

    But in my opinion, this gives the Cowboys the best shot at a Super Bowl. Righteous indignation plus fresh legs in postseason. It worked for the Patriots.

  38. nygnjd says:
    August 11, 2017 at 5:37 pm
    NFLPA gave the NFL this power over it’s members. They wanted more money and less practice, and they got it. Didn’t really think about what they were giving up to get it though.
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    The language in Article 46 has been there in every CBA since ’69. Only Goodell chose to abuse it

  39. thisistheendifyouletit says:
    August 11, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I’m dying to see the basis on which the NFL handed this down…what evidence did they have?
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    Lol. Good one!

  40. If Jones wants to go nuclear, he can finagle his way into the next CBA negotiation. As an opening stance, he should publicly announce his intent to:

    1. get the NFL out of the investigation business
    2. appoint a board of players, refs, coaches, and owners to manage the discipline procedures
    3. administer fines, suspensions, draft pick penalties, etc. only after the case is concluded

    That would clip Goodell’s wings, send a message to all 32 owners that the witch hunts need to stop, and encourage the players to self-police.

  41. I think Zeke pulling down the top of a woman in public on video shows the type of individual he is. Perhaps he can appeal and get it knocked down to four games. Perhaps not.
    Under the CBA Goodell can do whatever he wants irregardless of there being any evidence or not. Enjoy wearing his jersey with pride.

  42. Elliot is guilty as charged. Just man up and accept the suspension. I will lose more respect for him if he appeals. We live in a society where wrongdoers don’t want to own up to anything. Brady could not beat the NFL for his suspension. The league investigated the Elliot issue for nearly a year.

    Do not draft Elliot for your fantasy league.

  43. nookers says:
    August 11, 2017 at 8:06 pm
    I hope Jerry takes Goddell to court with the finest OJ and Cosby Lawyers that he can buy.

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    Part of the NFL constitution, which all owners have to agree to before finalizing their purchase of a franchise, is that the NFL Commissioner has final authority on all suspensions, fines etc. If Jones were to try and take this to court, it would be thrown out because he agreed to it.

    There’s also the fact that the Cowboys were not penalized in this, a player was, so Jones would actually have no standing to file any sort of lawsuit. It would be between Elliott and the NFLPA v the NFL and Goodell. And as one of the 32 owners of the NFL, Jones’ side in that legal battle is already determined.

  44. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    August 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Hilarious that Patriot fans think their numerous instances of being caught cheating are similar to this tempest in a teapot. #tainted

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    It’s amazing how anyone can still be duped after considering the following:

    • Everyone remembers when the NFL had to admit in court that they had no evidence of anyone deflating footballs.

    • It was reported that scientists from universities all over the USA sent a document to the court indicating that the weather explained the football deflation.

    • There are videos available online where you can watch footballs deflate from cold temperature. Even without getting the footballs wet the footballs deflate….so no wind chill factor, no evaporative cooling and no stretched leather and the football still drop PSI. One video can be found by searching on the popular online video site for: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    • Roger Goodell is still hiding the PSI report from the 2015 NFL season. That is the exact opposite of both transparency and integrity that he often talks about. There are videos online where anyone can watch footballs drop PSI when placed into refrigerators. Just search for “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”
    The hidden PSI report would show everyone the same thing. Science is consistent like that.

    Willfully ignorant is the only explanation for why some individuals still believe that anyone deflated footballs.

  45. Lisa Friel is complete fraud, propped up by Mara and the NY supporting stooge crew on Park Ave.. Zeke is out for both Games vs. NYG & Friel is Giants’ fan… I suppose that’s just some of wacky coincidence… Die by the sword, Jerry

  46. thisistheendifyouletit says:
    August 11, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I’m dying to see the basis on which the NFL handed this down…what evidence did they have?
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    EVIDENCE, EVIDENCE…Goodell doesn’t need any stinking EVIDENCE.

    Saints Patriots et al…

  47. Is it Roger Goodell or the players ruining the league? Everyone claims Goodell is an unfair dictator but who gave him that power? The players. Who puts themselves in bad situations and/or does something reprehensible and winds up in hot water? Certain players. (I don’t count Brady’s deal because that was a joke and I’m not Patriots fan)Who has the power to make sure he never has to deal with Goodell and punishment? A player. You can hate on Goodell all you want but at the end of the day he is dealing with these issues because of players. While Goodell deserves criticism, maybe by attacking him we are just enabling these players who have probably been enabled for a long time and so the reality of accountability is foreign to them. Of course everyone wants Goodell to be the bad guy because personal responsibility for one’s actions is a lost concept.

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