Jerry Jones: ‘Ev­ery­thing’s in place’ for NFL in El­liott case

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Dal­las Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones says “ev­ery­thing’s in place” for an NFL de­ci­sion over a pos­si­ble sus­pen­sion of Ezekiel El­liott and that his star run­ning back met re­cently with league of­fi­cials. El­liott, the NFL rush­ing leader last sea­son as a rookie, could be sus­pended over a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent with his then­girl­friend last year even though pros­e­cu­tors in Ohio de­clined to pur­sue the case. The league has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing for more than a year.

Jones said Satur­day night that El­liott met with of­fi­cials in New York within the past month but de­clined to say whether Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell was in­volved. “They have had their hear­ing,” Jones said af­ter prac­tice at train­ing camp. “They have had all of the re­sponses. Ev­ery­thing’s in place to make a de­ci­sion. I think any­thing is dis­cre­tionary at any time where you can ask for more meet­ings, whether it’s the league or whether it’s Zeke.”

El­liott also was in­volved in a bar fight in Dal­las a week be­fore train­ing camp but wasn’t named in a po­lice re­port about the in­ci­dent. The re­port said a 30year-old man was punched in the nose and hos­pi­tal­ized. Good­ell has the au­thor­ity to sus­pend play­ers with­out con­vic­tions un­der the league’s per­sonal con­duct pol­icy. The NFL amended the pol­icy three years ago to strengthen pun­ish­ments in do­mes­tic cases.

A po­lice re­port in Colum­bus, Ohio, where El­liott starred for Ohio State, said El­liott de­nied al­le­ga­tions that he as­saulted his then-girl­friend last July, caus­ing bruises and abra­sions. Three wit­nesses told po­lice they didn’t see El­liott as­sault the 20-year-old woman. El­liott said the woman got the bruises and abra­sions in a bar fight.

Jones’ lat­est com­ments came two days af­ter he said on a na­tional ra­dio show that he thought a de­ci­sion on El­liott was “im­mi­nent.” “I cer­tainly don’t have any idea what day,” Jones said Satur­day. “But I know that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and all the work there is, I would say is, pretty com­plete or they wouldn’t have had a hear­ing.”

Jones strongly backed El­liott in his an­nual news con­fer­ence be­fore the start of train­ing camp last week­end, say­ing sev­eral times there was “no do­mes­tic vi­o­lence” based on re­ports he had seen. El­liott led the NFL with 1,631 yards rush­ing and helped the Cow­boys to the top seed in the NFC at 13-3 be­fore a di­vi­sional play­off loss to Green Bay. He shared the back­field with quar­ter­back Dak Prescott, the NFL Of­fen­sive Rookie of the Year. —AP

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