Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claims he doesn’t want to say anything to influence the NFL’s decision following a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations against star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
But Jones sent a strong message about what he expects the outcome to be during the team’s news conference to open the start of training camp on Sunday afternoon.
Jones said he has read the NFL’s report into the allegations of domestic violence by a former girlfriend and said there was no domestic violence.
“I found nothing since we were standing here at this time last year,” Jones said. “I knew everything in that report. I knew that this time last year.”
A recent ESPN report said the league wanted “to pin something on Elliott” and that he should brace for one- or two-game suspension.
The Columbus (Ohio) attorney’s office dropped the case because of inconsistent information. Elliott has long maintained his innocence all along.
The accuser, however, spoke out for the first time Friday with an Instagram post, advocating against domestic violence.
Asked if it the league would be setting up a bad precedent by suspending the league absent hard evidence and basically taking her word over his word, Jones doubled down on his stance.
“My opinion is there is not even an issue of ‘he said, she said,’” Jones said. “There is not even an issue there.”