Jerry Jones wants “fair shake” for Ezekiel Elliott

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The Cowboys have not officially intervened in the litigation arising from running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension. Unofficially, the team has been very involved.

In addition to submitting an affidavit outlining the irreparable harm the team would suffer due to the absence of Elliott for six weeks, owner Jerry Jones has made his views on the matter crystal clear. He had more to say on the matter on Sunday.

What is important is he gets a fair shake,” Jones said regarding Elliott’s disciplinary process, via Judy Battista of NFL Media. “Zeke has in no way, by any standard in this country, done anything wrong. He’s done nothing wrong. We, the league, have tried to say he’s done something we disagree with. We all don’t agree with that. I want him to get a fair shot. He deserves that.”

Elliott wasn’t arrested for or charged with domestic violence. However, the league decided that “credible evidence” exists to believe that a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy occurred.

“We don’t have the system in place for this and we’re trying to make one up in a few short months and it’s got too many ways to not be fair to a person like Zeke,” Jones said. “I know this: We have a pretty good system in place in this country. It’s called the legal system and it has a lot of precedent. It’s made a lot of mistakes, but it’s the best one probably in the world, in my view. For us to not recognize that, that’s a concern. First thing we did when we came to this country, our forefathers, we’re not going to let somebody sit over here and be accused. They’re going to get quick-and-immediate accounting and justice. Zeke hasn’t gotten that.”

The only thing Jones’ monologue lacked, apparently, was an express reference to “all our lil’ old ancestors.” Regardless, he has a point. For most employers, allegations of misconduct occurring out of the workplace have no relevance to the employee’s standing, unless and until he’s not available to work because he’s incarcerated. For P.R. reasons, however, the NFL has adopted a system of punishment that, thanks to the Ray Rice case, now disregards the criminal justice system entirely and imposes its own brand of justice.

The problem is that the system, as applied to Elliott, arguably wasn’t fair to him. Whether it was sufficiently unfair to render it unacceptable will be determined by the courts. For the league, the separate question is whether it makes sense to continue to utilize a clearly imperfect in-house system that seems to be less about meting out justice and more about protecting Big Shield from public relations embarrassments.

75 responses to “Jerry Jones wants “fair shake” for Ezekiel Elliott

  1. Just to be perfectly clear Jerry Jones isn’t going to literally “physically” shake Ezekiel Elliot.

  2. Lisa Friel + John Mara = Corruption. And that means that Zeke will sit for 2-4 games. Lets get all the facts from our lead investigator Kia Roberts (she did not believe there was sufficient evidence that Elliott abused Tiffany Thompson) and not allow it in our final decision. What a joke. If they had any concrete evidence i would be the first to say throw the book at him. Roger Goodell has disgraced the shield. Time to go. BYE BYE Roger.

  3. Is it fair to pay off your accuser, or have the person that Zeke alllegedy punched disappear for a few days and then say he doesn’t know who punched him?
    Follow the $$ trail.

  4. He’s done nothing wrong. We, the league, have tried to say he’s done something we disagree with. We all don’t agree with that. I want him to get a fair shot. He deserves that.”

    Just started feeling this way I guess. Certainly wasn’t the tune you were singing during Framegate.

  5. Zeke will get the same fair shake you advocated for Tom Brady.

    Jones must be a member of the fire and brimstone political party. Advocate for harsh penalties against everyone else until it impacts someone you know or are close to then its “Come on. Let’s be fair”

  6. He will be suspended this year because the iggles always play the opposing team without their top star !

  7. “For most employers, allegations of misconduct occurring out of the workplace have no relevance to the employee’s standing, unless and until he’s not available to work because he’s incarcerated. ”

    For those advocating the whole “my employer would fire me angle” take notice of Mike is saying since you’re oblivious to the countless others who have been saying it for months.

    And no kidding Jerry. Player discipline hasn’t been fair for the entire duration Goodell has been in power. #UntilItHappensToYou

  8. Jerry talks about “a fair shake” but when it comes to all the NFL Owners and their tax exceptions and the boring of so many “real incidents of breaking the law by Cowboy plays”, Jerry is okay with that because they didn’t get caught and he helped them bury the stories or bought them out of trouble. YES that is the American system Jerry and it seems you sign more troubled players then any other Owner in The NFL by a WIDE Margin!
    Please come clean Jerry and tel all of us the hundreds of buried stories and lawbreaking that Cowboy players got away with. Then we can talk a “Fair shake”. Beating women is cowardly and against the law! IT HAPPENED!

  9. started to follow NFL in the 80´s.

    I only mention this beacuse back then the only thing we knew about our football players was their stats.

    back in the day, oh those days.

  10. boz4commish says:

    October 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    But the process was fine during Deflategate, Jerry?
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    Once again, for all you Patriot fans who want to lump Zeke’s case with Brady’s case: Tom Brady destroyed evidence–he destroyed his cell phone to avoid trouble. Additionally, the NFL’s own investigation of Brady did NOT say he was INNOCENT. By contrast, the NFL’s own investigation of Zeke said he didn’t do anything. But Goodell still suspended Zeke. Big, big difference. So stop with the Brady comparisons to Zeke’s case. Brady did something to indicate guilt. Zeke did nothing.

  11. So do his victims… yes, that is plural.
    But I guess for Jerry, fair to them is the amount of cash he gives them. I wonder, does the NFL count payoffs toward the salary cap??

  12. Jerrah, encourage and mentor the young man to behave well on and off the field and there’ll be an abundance of fair shakes for all.

    Oh, and btw he’ll be serving the suspension too.

  13. Brady didn’t get a “fair shake”. What a hypocrite Jerry Jones is. Nothing would be better than to see Elliot’s suspension start NOW. Let’s see what the ‘Boys are made of.

  14. He’s “done nothing wrong”? On his best day, the facts show the guy lifted up a woman’s shirt in public — that’s okay in Jerry’s world?

  15. bradygirl12 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    Brady didn’t get a “fair shake”. What a hypocrite Jerry Jones is. Nothing would be better than to see Elliot’s suspension start NOW. Let’s see what the ‘Boys are made of.

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    Actually, I’d like to see Elliot play for a few more weeks with Jerruh thinking he’s in the clear until BAM! – he has to start serving in week 14 or so, making him ineligible for the playoffs.

  16. Jerry wants whatever helps his product (read: pocketbook)….. if that was selling napalm hard candy to 1st graders he’d be all for it. Jerry is hypocrisy on display. Saddest part is that he certainly knows this issue (combined with the kneeling epidemic) highlights his willingness to look like the king hypocrite and he doesn’t seem to care….. as long as his bottom line is unaffected.

  17. “Additionally, the NFL’s own investigation of Brady did NOT say he was INNOCENT.”

    You’re right, it said it was “more probable than not” he was innocent.

    And Jerrah still stood by the 4 game suspension.

    Goodell is the judge, jury, and executioner. The fact that some owners think that they are absolved from this is laughable.

  18. HeSaidSheSaid says:

    October 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    bradygirl12 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    Brady didn’t get a “fair shake”. What a hypocrite Jerry Jones is. Nothing would be better than to see Elliot’s suspension start NOW. Let’s see what the ‘Boys are made of.

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    Actually, I’d like to see Elliot play for a few more weeks with Jerruh thinking he’s in the clear until BAM! – he has to start serving in week 14 or so, making him ineligible for the playoffs.

    ——–

    Even better…totally agree with you.

  19. Regardless of anything else, he has admitted to using dru gs and pulling a woman’s top down in public.

  20. therealjr says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    Don’t blame Jerry for Kraft rolling over to Goodell.
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    Jerry better hope the NY courts decide fairness is all of a sudden an issue or Jerry will be performing his best alligator act yet.

  21. During Brady saga Jerry said, in essence, Bob Kraft shut up and taken your medicine. If I was a betting man he said the same thing to the saints for bountygate.
    Jerry time to shut up and take your medicine. Losing Tom Brady or Sean Payton for thier suspensions is far greater than losing a running back.

  22. clintonite44 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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    Once again for the neophytes who have gobbled up what the NFL has fed you … The ENTIRE Exponent report hinges on Coleman recollecting the very gauge he claimed he never used. Full stop. Even without that trivial piece of information the science still doesn’t prove anything unnatural occurred. At least not without modifying the p-value to a point where it conveniently shows something might have happened. Regardless, if you incorrectly believe Brady intentionally broke his phone to hide evidence it doesn’t change the fact the logs from that very phone were provided. The same logs the NFL has still never looked at to corroborate if there was any “evidence” to hide.

    Given the current burden of proof in BOTH cases Elliot only needed to be in the same room as Thompson to equate the two cases. So spare Patriots fans with the “they aren’t the same” mantra.

  23. “For most employers, allegations of misconduct occurring out of the workplace have no relevance to the employee’s standing.”

    This clearly shows that you have no idea what happens in most workplaces. There’s been countless examples of people losing their jobs because of things shared on social media, arrests outside of work, and other transgressions.

  24. Tom Brady was not accused of breaking the law. He was accused of gaining a competitive advantage within the confines of his employment. I totally disagreed with the suspension although the league had justification within their Collective Bargaining Agreement to submit discipline.

    Elliott was accused of breaking the law, which was investigated by persons who are trained and paid to investigate violations of our law. It was determined that no criminal charges were to be filed against Elliott after the investigation of a criminal accusation.

    Please do not compare the two.

  25. purpleguy says:

    October 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    He’s “done nothing wrong”? On his best day, the facts show the guy lifted up a woman’s shirt in public — that’s okay in Jerry’s world?
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    If that woman was an acquaintance who “dared” him to do it, since when does this act deserve a 6-game suspension? Six game suspensions are reserved for domestic violence cases. And Zeke didn’t get violent with anyone. You Dallas haters just need to sit down and shut up. You have no facts.

  26. dallasdominates says:
    October 30, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    Tom Brady was not accused of breaking the law. He was accused of gaining a competitive advantage within the confines of his employment. I totally disagreed with the suspension although the league had justification within their Collective Bargaining Agreement to submit discipline.

    Elliott was accused of breaking the law, which was investigated by persons who are trained and paid to investigate violations of our law. It was determined that no criminal charges were to be filed against Elliott after the investigation of a criminal accusation.

    Please do not compare the two.
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    Both illustrate an abhorrently corrupt and broken player discipline process. Request denied.

  27. Zeke did get a fair shake. There are many reasons why criminal charges are not filed. The District Attorney believed that Zeke caused the injuries. The NFL Goodell based his ruling on credible evidence of the photos versus her victim intake system and other witnesses besides Zeke and the victim. Zeke, when the final ruling comes down is going to realize that the people he trusted the most could careless about him and used him to settle their scores with Goodell. Jerry Jones should be ashamed of himelf.

  28. Jerry Jones said that one of Goodell’s best qualities is his fairness. If that’s true, then how did Elliott not get a “fair shake?” Did Goodell stop being fair on the day he made his decision to suspend Elliott? Or is Jones wrong and Goodell has been unfair in the past?

  29. “Fair shake” – Roger, how much do you want your new contract? Well reduce Zeke’s suspension to 1 game, delayed to when the Cowboys have a weak opponent.

  30. I’m an Eagle fan so you may want to take some of this with a grain of salt since I would love to see the Cowboys without Elliot… The NFL should have the right to protect its brand. In the wake of other instances with players and domestic abuse the league took a lot of flack for being soft. It blew up in their face with Ray Rice. I doubt they are concerned with whether or not Elliot could be charged in a court of law, but are more concerned with how the public see him and how it reflects on the NFL brand. It doesn’t help if during the appeal process he is doing other things that many would find as -iffy behavior. I am not a lawyer, and don’t know how far they can go in setting their own standards, but I think they should be able to within reason. Brady was about protecting the integrity of the game. Elliot is about protecting the integrity of the players/brand. Both being done to the standard the NFL sets.

  31. Wasnt Jerry part of the collective bargaining that gave all this power to Goodell. Coming to bite ya Jerry. Nothing said it had to be fair. Ask Brady

  32. Jerry, this is what the owners signed up for in the CBA. You wanted commish who is heavy handed on player discipline. Be careful what you wish for because you might get it.

  33. It’s called ‘indecent exposure’. It was not done at a private party. It was a public parade event.

  34. Jones really wants that “fair shake” for himself because he knows that deep down, the Cowboys are going nowhere without Elliot. He shot himself in the foot…again.

  35. clintonite44 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Once again, for all you Patriot fans who want to lump Zeke’s case with Brady’s case: Tom Brady destroyed evidence–he destroyed his cell phone to avoid trouble. Additionally, the NFL’s own investigation of Brady did NOT say he was INNOCENT. By contrast, the NFL’s own investigation of Zeke said he didn’t do anything. But Goodell still suspended Zeke. Big, big difference. So stop with the Brady comparisons to Zeke’s case. Brady did something to indicate guilt. Zeke did nothing.
    ———————–

    You are completely wrong on all accounts. Of course the NFL’s investigation said Elliott did something, or he wouldn’t have been suspended.

    That said, neither Brady nor Elliott did what the NFL accused them of.

  36. The Bearded Woman Beater has a history of treating women like dirt.

    He’s been given a fair shake.

    Now it is time to ban him from the sport since he has no right to be here.

  37. limakey says:
    October 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm
    Zeke did get a fair shake.
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    And yet Kia Roberts wouldn’t even agree with you.

  38. boneszz says:
    October 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm
    I’m an Eagle fan so you may want to take some of this with a grain of salt since I would love to see the Cowboys without Elliot… The NFL should have the right to protect its brand. s.
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    Would within reason include ignoring their own lead investigator in order to protect their brand?

  39. fireroger says:

    October 30, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    boneszz says:
    October 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm
    I’m an Eagle fan so you may want to take some of this with a grain of salt since I would love to see the Cowboys without Elliot… The NFL should have the right to protect its brand. s.
    ==============================
    Would within reason include ignoring their own lead investigator in order to protect their brand?

    Yup. Is there a rule that he has to do what someone else says?

  40. I love the lead investigator excuse….pretty sure there were lead investigators for the JFK assasination, the OJ trial and Casey Anthony prosecutions too…how’d that work out. Clearly these “lead investigators” are infallible. Guys a punk eat the suspension and prove you can stay out of trouble in the future Zeke.

  41. The fix is in… Jerrah is holding up the Commish’s contract extension over this… I am going to bet right this is get swept under the rug… Zeke will play. Jerrah will get his way or Goodell is gone. It is too bad all of the owners won’t unite against Jerrah like they did against Kraft in the Brady case.

  42. it seems to me that there are two sets of rules for deviates, one for the NFL then one for the Cowboys. He should get the same treatment the man from Baltimore got.

  43. boneszz says:
    October 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Yup. Is there a rule that he has to do what someone else says?
    ===========================
    Nope. But that kinda removes any argument about fairness doncha think? It’s fine if you want to make the argument that it’s perfectly acceptable to protect your brand at the expense of disciplining players fairly and reasonably. You seemed to intone that there might be some limits to that reach. Clearly disregarding the only person with all of the facts doesn’t meet the “within reason” standard. 🙂

  44. Jerry’s not doing himself any favors bringing up the legal system and precedents.
    The legal precedent in terms of suspensions under the personal conduct policy is that the league can do as it pleases and the doctrine of fundamental fairness does not apply. There’s also the precedent of Jerry backing the league’s ‘more probable than not’ standard in the past. The city prosecutor who declined to pursue a criminal complaint even said “We believe her in most things,” That’s already considerably more than the league had on Sean Payton and Brady.

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