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.
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 suspended their 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 the running back 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.”
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