Jerry Jones is being quiet for a very good reason

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is rarely quiet about anything. In the five days since the NFL imposed a six-game suspension on running back Ezekiel Elliott, Jones amazingly has said nothing. Not a thing. Not a word. Not a peep.

All he’s said is that he’ll eventually say something.

Here’s why he’s being quiet. Jones recognizes the sensitivity of the Elliott case at this specific juncture. With the appeal now filed, the Commissioner first must decide whether to handle it himself, to assign it to a league employee, to farm it out to an independent arbitrator deemed to be friendly to the league’s interest (Harold Henderson), or to ask a truly neutral, independent arbitrator to handle it.

The next move is critical to the potential success of the appeal. Based on what the Commissioner decides, it could determine whether Elliott wins or loses.

Jones likely is opting for public silence while he privately lobbies Goodell to appoint a truly neutral and independent person to resolve the question of whether Elliott did indeed commit domestic violence. In this regard, Jones (and Elliott) have leverage that can be exerted in a subtle (or not so subtle) way.

Jones can make it clear that he won’t try to create any problems for Goodell (and many believe Jones will) if Goodell “does the right thing” (as Jerry would likely say) and delegates the appeal to an independent arbitrator. And Elliott’s camp can make it clear that they won’t take a scorched earth approach in the court of public opinion if Goodell chooses to allow someone with no connection to the case and no connection to the league to handle the appeal.

However it goes, Jones surely hopes that public discretion coupled with an aggressive private campaign will convince Goodell to give Elliott a truly fair shake when it comes to the resolution of his appeal.

21 responses to “Jerry Jones is being quiet for a very good reason

  1. If Zeke gets an actual neutral arbitrator after Brady got the shaft, it will be proof positive of an egregious double standard in how the league handles discipline.

  2. Scorched earth is the way to go. I’d MUCH rather see Rog Goodell’s “justice” system excoriated and exposed for the farce it is than some backroom deal get cut so the league can save face. I’m hoping this gets as ugly as can be

  3. ‘a truly neutral, independent arbitrator’?
    Well, Ted Wells would decide, after hours of of interviews, that it was more likely than not, that Zeke had some knowledge of a physical altercation. For about $5 mil.

  4. I hope they stick with the 6 games!!! I also hope that Goodell names himself the arbitrator. How’s the commissioners power looking now Jerrah…YOU CLOWN!!

  5. Another fine article re Elliott.
    “However it goes, Jones surely hopes that public discretion coupled with an aggressive private campaign will convince Goodell to give Elliott a truly fair shake when it comes to the resolution of his appeal.”
    It’s interesting how it’s so obvious to everyone how difficult it is for people to believe that Goodell could give anyone a “truly fair shake”.
    Well-stated!

  6. With all of the behind-the-scenes jockeying going on, I hope someone has had the foresight to monitor Elliott every waking minute, lest he do something incredibly stupid once again. They love his football abilities but everybody in Dallas knows that he’s incredibly impulsive and hasn’t mastered the whole actions-have-consequences paradigm.

  7. sb44champs says:
    August 16, 2017 at 7:55 am
    Jerry you should’ve golfed more often with Goodell like Giants owner Mara.(SMDH)
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    Mara golf with the help? Who are you trying to kid?
    Bisciotti is the golf buddy, Mara is the boss.

  8. The fact an owner would need to lobby the commissioner to do the right thing, is beyond being a red flag.

    Fire Goodell now.

    There is no other way. This guy is ruining the NFL as we speak.

    Ratings will drop yet again for the 2nd year in a row.

  9. elyasm says:
    August 16, 2017 at 8:03 am
    If Zeke gets an actual neutral arbitrator after Brady got the shaft, it will be proof positive of an egregious double standard in how the league handles discipline.

    12 1 Rate This

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    We already know the truth about why Goodell does what he does to cheat.

    Get Goodell on a federal stand with John Mara! Get their cellphones and computers on a stand!

  10. patsnewf says:
    August 16, 2017 at 8:22 am
    I hope they stick with the 6 games!!! I also hope that Goodell names himself the arbitrator. How’s the commissioners power looking now Jerrah…YOU CLOWN!!
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    Why are pats fans always so butt-hurt? You’d think all those SB trophies would loosen up your cheeks a little. Jeez..

  11. That’s really ironic since he had so much to say when the NFL was going after Tom Brady despite having no evidence of any wrongdoing . What’s of interest is that Mr Kraft is remaining classy and isn’t saying anything.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    August 16, 2017 at 9:01 am
    The fact an owner would need to lobby the commissioner to do the right thing, is beyond being a red flag.
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    Maybe the “right thing” would have been for Roger to actually interview Zeke and be part of the process BEFORE he hammered Zeke.

    Wanted! New NFL Commissioner. No experience needed.

  13. I remember an early story about the “victim” being involved in a physical altercation with another female in a bar resulting in the bruises. It is uncontroverted that she wanted and planned to blackmail him; she threatened to ruin his life. Who were the investigators? What were their agendas? Far too many questions to ruin a team’s season and a man’s reputation. It’s time for an independent arbitrator or Goodell will be looking like Bozo the Clown again.

  14. “Jones amazingly has said nothing. Not a thing. Not a word. Not a peep.

    All he’s said is that he’ll eventually say something.”

    Nothing? Not a word? Not a peep? So when did he say he’ll eventually say something? And who did he say it too? And how could he possibly say it if, in fact, he has said nothing? Not a thing? Not a word? Not a peep?

  15. In other words, the entire procedure used by Goodell’s office to rule on personal conduct issues is arbitrary and open to political manipulation behind closed doors. There is no consistent, objective and fair; you lobby Goodell with promises of favor or threats and he acts accordingly.
    Same bottom line, Goodell must go to restore any confidence.

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