Jerry Jones had quite a lot on his mind Tuesday morning.
The Cowboys owner stood by his suspended running back, Ezekiel Elliott, while taking a shot at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and also defended Texans owner Bob McNair over his “inmates” remark.
Elliott’s six-game suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident was upheld in court on Monday following the last two months of appeals, injunctions and fighting between the Players’ Association and NFL.
Most of the back-and-forth has been over Goodell’s authority as commissioner rather than the domestic violence allegation, as Jones pointed out while speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, but the Cowboys owner felt how Goodell handled the Ray Rice situation is why they have reached this point.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t hide his feelings about Roger Goodell.
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“I’m sure he’d like to take back his initial Ray Rice stance, and a few others,” Jones said. “He’s in the process of having trying to correct that and having doing so, Zeke is a victim of an over-correction.”
Jones added there are many positive things Goodell has done as commissioner, but his frustration over the Elliott case was evident.
“I am very troubled in the swings that we’ve had,” Jones said. “In this very case, the judge ratified the commissioner, but his swing of judgment has been unbelievable from the Ray Rice thing all the way up to one to two games all the way up to six-game suspension.”
Jones also was asked about McNair’s comments about the “inmates running the prison” in regards to players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
Players kneel during the national anthem
The Cowboys owner said he was there when McNair made the comment and defended his fellow owner.
“I know that I did hear, I heard him, he did not and was not talking about the players,” Jones said.
McNair apologized publicly and spoke privately with his team over the remarks.
Nearly all of the Texans players took a knee during the anthem on Sunday in protest of McNair.
“It is so unfortunate that he’s had this happen for him,” Jones said. “But he’s really a guy that has a lot of influence and I admire him greatly.”
Source: Ny Daily News