Category Archives: Dallas Cowboys News

Jerry Jones said, NFL to Ezekiel Elliott

OXNARD, California — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones backed Ezekiel Elliott as the running back awaits possible discipline for an alleged domestic violence incident last July in Columbus, Ohio.

“I have reviewed everything, and there is absolutely nothing — not one thing — that had anything to do with domestic violence,” Jones said at the Cowboys’ opening news conference at training camp in Oxnard, California.

Jones, however, would not delve into whether Elliott could still be suspended by the NFL under the personal conduct policy. A player does not need to be charged or found guilty by the law to be penalized by the league.

“My opinion is there’s not even an issue over he-said, she-said,” Jones said. “There’s not even an issue there.”

From the beginning, Jones has supported Elliott, who was accused by an ex-girlfriend of domestic violence. Elliott has proclaimed his innocence, and after the Cowboys’ season ended in January, he hoped for closure.

That might be coming soon, as the NFL nears the completion of its investigation. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported recently that Elliott’s camp is bracing for a short suspension.

Meanwhile, a source said Elliott was involved in an incident at a Dallas bar on July 16 that left a man with a nose injury. Dallas police have since suspended the investigation because they have not been able to locate the victim, and no witnesses have come forward.

Jones spoke with Elliott early last week, and coach Jason Garrett spoke with Elliott on Friday, when players reported to camp.

“I think Zeke’s a smart guy,” Garrett said. “Zeke understands what we’re talking about. Zeke understands what the standards are for our football team. I think he understands what he needs to do to reach those standards on and off the football field. We’ll continue to work with him, just like we will with all our players.”

The Cowboys arrived in California after an array of issues the past few weeks. Linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested on July 4 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Defensive lineman David Irving, who has already been suspended the first four games of the season because of a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, did not show up on reporting day Friday and is facing a fine from the team. Wide receiver Dez Bryant arrived late on reporting day. Rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis is not with the team, as he has a misdemeanor domestic violence court case set for Monday.

“I think at the end of the day, we all know as a league — we discuss this on the Competition Committee — that this dead period from the last day of minicamp/OTAs … ’til you actually start training camp is a tough period for every club,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Jerry told me when I was young, ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop,’ and so at the end of the day, we’d love to have these guys who are around … going to work every day, and those are some of the challenges because infallibility is a tough thing. There’s no such thing as perfect that I understand in terms of individuals. And so is it disappointing when a player makes a bad decision? Of course it is. It’s disappointing, but you have to deal with it. The players know they’re going to be held accountable, and they’ll have to work through whatever that situation is. We’ll have to do the same thing, and we’ll move forward from there.

“But there’s no question that this time frame, as we’ve all seen about what’s going on in other markets, all teams have this issue, and there’s something that we want to continue to look at and how we can do better in terms of helping our players and giving them more resources so that they will make better decisions in the future.”

Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett call Tony Romo one of Cowboys’ ‘greatest’

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys made the release of Tony Romo official Tuesday afternoon, with owner and general manager Jerry Jones wishing the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and passing yards all the best in his new venture with CBS.

“As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family,” Jones said in a statement. “Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organization for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the field. He will leave us with many great memories and a legacy of being, truly, one of the greatest players in Cowboys history. We are thrilled for him and his family that he will be able to continue working as a professional in the game he so dearly loves.

“He is a young man who is just getting started on a long journey in life. All the best my friend.”

Romo and Jones developed a close relationship since Romo joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2003 and ascended to the starting role in 2006. Jones has called not being able to win a Super Bowl with Romo one of his biggest regrets.

Jason Garrett had coached Romo since 2007, first as an offensive coordinator and then as the head coach from 2011-16. Garrett opted to stick with Dak Prescott last season, even when Romo’s back injury was fully healed, which led to a strain in a relationship that was tight. They attended numerous basketball games together, and a year ago, Romo was a guest of Garrett’s at a Bruce Springsteen concert celebrating the coach’s 50th birthday.

Garrett lauded Romo in a statement released by the team.

“Tony Romo has a unique combination of athletic ability, arm talent, vision and instincts for the game,” Garrett said. “What separates Tony from many other players, however, is a rare competitive spirit. Tony loves to play. Tony loves to compete. The best ones always do. In practice. During games. On the field. Off the field. Tony competes to the end in everything that he does.

“That relentless spirit that Tony plays with is contagious. He makes his teammates better. He makes his coaches better. He makes his team better. He has grown so much as a player and as a person over the course of his career and has made a significant impact on the lives of so many. I consider myself fortunate to be at the top of that list. It has been one of the great privileges of my life to work with Tony Romo, one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history.”