Stephen Jones: People should be held accountable “if” domestic violence takes place

AP

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is said to be furious at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for suspending Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the season, and Jones has insisted that Elliott did nothing to warrant a suspension. But while Jones hasn’t spoken publicly since Elliott was suspended, his son took a more measured approach.

Cowboys Executive V.P. Stephen Jones said on the Cowboys’ radio network that the team takes the allegations very seriously but continues to support Elliott.

“We certainly support Zeke. At the same time, we understand the very, very, very serious nature of domestic violence and certainly that people should be held accountable if that takes place,” Jones said.

Jones’s use of the word “if” suggests that he is not convinced by the evidence the NFL gathered that Elliott physically abused his ex-girlfriend. The NFL and the Cowboys are quite clearly not on the same page about the Elliott suspension.

31 responses to “Stephen Jones: People should be held accountable “if” domestic violence takes place

  1. And he is right. What I dont get is how the league believes a woman who was caught trying to fabricate the story for one alleged incident, is known to have a bar fight around the time this all happened, yet reached a conclusion that those bruises were caused by Zeke.

    Bottom line – there wanted to show they were tough against domestic violence and no better way to do that then with a high profile player on their highest profile team.

  2. Yeah well people born on third base dont need to share their opinions with the world either.

  3. Well, IF the NFL can’t deny it’s already on TMZ, and/or IF you aren’t a Giant, it’s got to be 6 games. Simple.

  4. The police told his lawyer they thought the girl was lying. No charges.

    His lawyer said NFL investigators told him they thought the girl was lying.They have not disputed that statement.

    A witness signed an affidavit stating the girl planned it.

    6 game suspension. Why?

  5. Zeke and his agent will appeal this on Monday and it will get dropped to four games instead of six.
    However, The Cowboys/Elliott will pull a tom brady and take this one to court and fight to the point on where Zeke will be allowed to play the entire year.
    After this season, they will drop the case in Federal courts and Jerry will then draft a RB in round # 1 of next year`s NFL draft

  6. The most productive thing the Cowboys can do isn’t complaining to the media about what happened — it’s sitting down with Elliott and making sure there aren’t opportunities for him to be accused of 1) Hitting his girlfriend, 2) Being seen at pot stores, 3) Pulling down the top of a woman on camera, 3) Sucker-punching a DJ, 4) Doing 100 down the highway.

    There is constantly a wake in this guy’s path, and being mad at the NFL is directing your energy to the wrong channel. Make sure Elliott gets his head on straight and isn’t constantly putting himself in situations where he can get in trouble.

  7. He needs to be more responsible. How many more things can he do wrong? He needs to learn or
    he will be out of the game like Manzell.

  8. The problem is that Goodell has badly compromised the league’s credibility in dealing with a serious issue like domestic violence by his stupidity and dishonesty in many previous personal conduct fiascos. Goodell needs to be replaced for the league office to regain anyone’s trust in doing the right thing.

  9. Jerry has been too kind to this league. Allowing it (too often in my opninion) to take advantage of that kindness and putting his team in a disadvantage.like with the uncapped year penalty. But now the league is attempting to make an example of on of his star players in order to repair a national image that has long been self-tarnished. A storm is brewing and it may be our beloved game that suffers at the end.

  10. Mixon knocks out a chick = college fun and games
    Manny Lawson DV arrest = 2 games
    Josh Brown DV arrest(s)= 1 game
    Andrew Quarless DV arrest (gun involved) = 2 games
    Junior Gallette DV arrest = 2 games (served while on IR)
    Quincy Enunwa DV arrest = 4 games
    Rodney Austin DV arrest = 6 games (free agent)
    EE DV allegation = 6 games

  11. What about Gareon Conley? What about Jourdan Lewis (another Cowboy)? Why are there other guys in the NFL accused of domestic violence that are free, out of the news for the most part, and not serving 6 game suspensions for the exact thing that happened to Zeke?

    I’m not defending Zeke. But I do want to know why these other guys aren’t serving the same suspension for the same circumstance. This is a double standard. It’s absurd.

  12. dirtycallahan says:
    August 13, 2017 at 11:15 am
    Mixon knocks out a chick = college fun and games
    Manny Lawson DV arrest = 2 games
    Josh Brown DV arrest(s)= 1 game
    Andrew Quarless DV arrest (gun involved) = 2 games
    Junior Gallette DV arrest = 2 games (served while on IR)
    Quincy Enunwa DV arrest = 4 games
    Rodney Austin DV arrest = 6 games (free agent)
    EE DV allegation = 6 games

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    look at the special privileges the protected teams get

    that is how you can tell he cheats

    you forgot ray rice..it was going to be zero games if no one
    called goodell on the attempted cover up

  13. ibillwt says:
    August 13, 2017 at 9:58 am
    The problem is that Goodell has badly compromised the league’s credibility in dealing with a serious issue like domestic violence by his stupidity and dishonesty in many previous personal conduct fiascos. Goodell needs to be replaced for the league office to regain anyone’s trust in doing the right thing.

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    how he wasn’t fired after being caught lying to the nfl customer
    twice during the ray rice cover up attempt, i have no idea

    it is absolutely the most bizarre thing i have ever seen

    goodell behaves like kim jong un

    lying and doing whatever he wants, when he wants, with no
    repercussions

  14. @tylawspick6 – I’m sorry the Pats have been treated unfairly. I haven’t been vocal about my thoughts on the Pats punishments by the league, but I now understand why you, and Pats fans, have been so adamant in your defense about those punishments. The NFL clearly creates the story and views it wants in order to push an agenda.

    At the end of the day, this is a move by the NFL to win over an entire new group of fans (women). It’s all about the $$$. With a significant portion of the male market captured, they need to expand their market to women as well. By making an example of a rising young star on one of the most watched teams, they are trying to make up for past mistakes. Like you know, suspending Josh Brown (a Giants player, who’d a thought!) for 1 game, after the 6 game domestic violence policy was already in place, when he had been accused and admitted to domestic violence against his significant other.

    In my opinion, it’s a shame that this young (age 22) NFL player has to now drag his name through more mud via appeal and possible litigation in order to prove something the District Attorney and Police of Ohio couldn’t. It’s a shame that he has to pay for mistakes made by Roger and the NFL.

    I agree with Stephen. DV IS SERIOUS. I was raised in a situation where DV was the norm for my siblings and I for most of our childhood and adolescent life. But, I’ve also seen my father wrongly accused. And I’ve seen self inflicted wounds and made up stories. It’s never black and white. And it’s my opinion that if the great law enforcement of our country cannot or will not pursue charges in a DV situation then the accused shouldn’t face repercussions.

    And for those who don’t believe me, I’m happy to show you the charges brought up against my father over the course of my life. It is public information available to all.

  15. I wish the evidence finding would be released by NFL…the bar fight she was involved as the reasoning behind the bruises needs consideration. The fact that she was found lying by multiple parties needs consideration. I’m trying not to take sides, but I just want to know what the NFL found that negates the fact that this ex-girlfriend is on record lying multiple times and seems to live a lifestyle as shady as Elliot’s. There is a very strong case for a money grab here, so it’s almost like you just have to pick you side, and the NFL just flipped a coin and chose her side…could have just as easily picked his.

  16. Things I’m not doing while being investigated for dv… pulling up a woman’s shirt, hanging out in a cannabis store, getting into a fight at a club, doing twice the speed limit. What a way to make yourself look like an outstanding guy.

  17. thisistheendifyouletit says:
    August 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    I wish the evidence finding would be released by NFL…the bar fight she was involved as the reasoning behind the bruises needs consideration. The fact that she was found lying by multiple parties needs consideration. I’m trying not to take sides, but I just want to know what the NFL found that negates the fact that this ex-girlfriend is on record lying multiple times and seems to live a lifestyle as shady as Elliot’s. There is a very strong case for a money grab here, so it’s almost like you just have to pick you side, and the NFL just flipped a coin and chose her side…could have just as easily picked his.

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    goodell
    will never show anything that will compromise his framejobs

    it is why we never saw brady or the equipment guys’ testimonies

    it is why they eliminated contexts of the texts and cherrypicked
    any joking back and forth, not showing us everything

    the pats counter report showed us what was intentionally, which
    exposed the framejob for what it was

    goodell and the cheating owners got away with the spygate framejob, so it is shocking they thought they needed another version of it yet again

    they went way, way too far and goodell got caught stone cold in
    a court of law

    if i am elliott, i release as much as possible and sue

  18. Blaming the NFL and every other team means what this guy needs to change his ways and be a man, he has continued to get in bad situations he himself cause not NFL. Getting into fights pulling women’s clothes off I guess to many out there this is OK. He has the fortune till now to have Columbus love of OSU to hide the public from past actions and now Dallas. Stand up and take the punishment you deserve and move on and grow up.

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