In the wake of footage of Ezekiel Elliott being put in handcuffs over the weekend in Las Vegas, everyone is waiting to see if and how the NFL comes down on him. But Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been one of Elliott’s biggest supporters for years, and his support does not appear to be wavering in the slightest.
Per ESPN Staff Writer Todd Archer, Jones stated on Thursday that he doesn’t “see anything that needs supporting.” He stated that he was not impacted by what he saw from the Elliott video and does not expect any negative consequences.
“I think that the main thing is that I don’t see anything that needs supporting,” Jones said Thursday. “In terms of his status with us, (it) has not been impacted in any way and frankly I know how conscientious he has been in the offseason and that’s good enough. No, I don’t see that having any consequences for us.”
Elliott’s incident in Las Vegas, while not a great look, isn’t believed to be anything serious. He wasn’t arrested and reportedly only put in handcuffs over confusion with security.
In 2017, Elliott was famously suspended for six games, spread out over the course of the season due to various appeals, as a result of a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He still finished the season with just shy of 1,000 rushing yards.
The Cowboys have never had any problems signing players with off-field or character issues, though. From Dez Bryant to Randy Gregory, the Cowboys have taken chances on players that many other teams passed on due to character concerns.
When healthy, Elliott is one of the top two or three running backs in the league.
He earned Pro Bowl honors as a rookie and this past year, leading the league in rushing yards both times.
Elliott earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2016, and second-team All-Pro last year.
So long as Elliott keeps himself in the good graces of Jerry Jones, he’ll have one of the strongest voices in football in his corner come hell or high water.