- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly believes NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lied to him about running back Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension.
- While a six-game suspension was eventually given, Elliott has still played in every game for the Cowboys, with his punishment currently being appealed.
- Jones has threatened to sue the league and owners over Goodell’s next contract.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes that Roger Goodell lied to him regarding the eventual suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott, according to Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
According to the report, Jones felt Goodell had made assurances that Elliott would not be suspended, and considered the punishment “an unforgivable breach of trust.”
Elliott was suspended six games after a year-long investigation by the NFL into accusations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. Elliott was never criminally charged in the case, and has maintained his innocence throughout. After a long back-and-forth of appeals and injunctions, the Cowboys running back has yet to miss a game of the 2017 season and the suspension is still in the hands of the court system.
The perceived slight against Jones may be one of the reasons the Cowboys owner is running such a vigorous campaign against extending Goodell’s contract as NFL commissioner. As the New York Times reported on Wednesday, Jones hired powerful lawyer David Boies and threatened to sue the league and some owners in an effort to block the extension.
Should Jones make good on his threat, the Cowboys and NFL will be even further embroiled in legal arguments than the two parties already are.
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