Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continued to double down on the NFL regarding the year-long domestic violence investigation of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Jones didn’t back down from the subject during an interview Friday in celebration of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jones said he expects no suspension for Elliott.
“No, no, I’m not,” Jones said. “I don’t want to basically be to, let’s say, pro-active about how I feel because that’s not going to make any difference here at all. What I don’t want to do is hurt things about how I feel. So that’s that. But I think that when you look at everything that I’m aware of then I’m not anticipating a suspension.”
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Jones has long said the league has no case and no cause when it comes to the domestic violence accusations of a former girlfriend.
The Columbus, Ohio City Attorney’s office declined to press charges because of misleading and inconsistent information.
Jones said the league is looking at other things outside of the domestic violence issue. Most notably, Elliott has been under fire for pulling down a woman’s top at the St. Patrick’s Day parade and was allegedly involved in an altercation at a Dallas night club. No arrests or charges were filed in either case.
Jones said Elliott has done nothing to warrant a suspension and he has all the information that the league has.
“I think that anytime that you have scrutiny then nobody’s robots,” Jones said. “They can basically consider the entire situation. And so I wouldn’t dare speculate just how the presentation to the commissioner will be couched or what will be emphasized. All I’ve made my comments based on is all the knowledge I have. I have everything. I do not anticipate a suspension.”
Jones said he expects a decision to made imminently.
A league source confirmed that an outside panel of legal experts are reviewing the findings of the investigation and Elliott’s response and will provide their thoughts and perspectives to commissioner Roger Goodell as a guide toward making a final ruling.