Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn’t pleased with the NFL’s decision to hand his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, a six-game suspension on Friday.
But Jones showed no signs of bitterness in his first public appearance since the suspension was announced. Jones interacted with fans and waved to the crowd when congratulated on the video board Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Jones spent most of his time on the field before the Cowboys-Rams preseason game signing autographs for fans. Then, midway through the first quarter, Jones smiled and waved as the Rams congratulated him on his Hall of Fame induction earlier this month.
Jones hasn’t made any public statements since the Elliott suspension has been announced. Sources have described him as “upset” about commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend Elliott.
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Jones has said all along that he felt there wasn’t enough to justify a suspension of Elliott based on the evidence he reviewed on the domestic violence allegations made against Elliott in July 2016.
The NFL differed in its assessment after a year-long investigation, and Goodell made the final decision to suspend Elliott after consulting with an outside panel of four experts.
Elliott is appealing the suspension and could pursue other legal measures to get it reduced or overturned.