The contract talks between the Dallas Cowboys and star running back Ezekiel Elliott turned ugly this week after owner Jerry Jones took a playful shot Zeke.
Earlier this week, Jones was asked about the performance of rookie running back Tony Pollard and if Pollard was his best “negotiator” with Elliott.
“Zeke who?” Jones quipped, before going on to say his team needs both Elliott and Pollard.
According to Elliott’s agent, the star running back was none-too-pleased with Jones’ comments. Zeke reportedly thought the comment was “disrespectful.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Jones responded to criticism he’s received after making the comment. Jones said he’s earned the right to joke about his star running back.
“Look I’ve earned the right with Zeke to joke. Period. I’ve earned that.” A reporter then asked if he’s spoken with Zeke since the comments. “No, but let me be real clear. I’ve earned that right to joke.”
Jerry Jones asked about that “Zeke who comment” that Zeke’s camp found “disrespectful”.
“Look I’ve earned the right with Zeke to joke. Period. I’ve earned that.
Reporter: So any conversations since then at all. Jerry: no but let me be real clear. I’ve earned that right to joke”
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 20, 2019
The posturing battle continued this seek and doesn’t look close to ending.
Earlier today, the Cowboys locked up linebacker Jaylon Smith with a five-year extension. The team still has contracts on the table for Zeke, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.
Is there an end in sight? Stay tuned to find out.