Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones publicly acknowledged the latest off-field incident involving star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first time on Tuesday.
Elliott’s name has surfaced in a weekend incident at a Dallas nightclub in which a DJ was allegedly punched. No arrests have been made in the case.
Jones, who appeared at a topping off ceremony at The Star in Frisco, told media members that he spoke with Elliott after the incident but refused to go into details.
He did, however, reiterate that a player’s off field actions have an impact on the entire team.
“The biggest message is not one that has to be stated,” Jones said. “That is that your actions impact an entire team, impact an entire fan base, there’s a lot of responsibility there. To the team it’s a reminder of the interest that’s in your actions and behavior.”
Earlier this week, ESPN, reported that the second-year back could face a one- or two-game suspension for a previous off-field issue stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016.
“I actually don’t know the status, but I surely don’t want to speculate about any decisions from the league or any potential injury or lack of having a player available,” Jones said when asked about preparing for games without Elliott should a suspension take place. “Availability is a key. Ability is a key. But availability is a key, and we really do plan personnel-wise, we plan for a player not being available. That’s just part of our DNA.”
The Cowboys will depart to Southern California on Saturday for the beginning of training camp.