When Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was surrounded by reporters after Saturday's preseason game against Los Angeles Aries, he was asked about a rookie running back in Tony Pollard's performance and responded with a quick "Zeke who?" And a wink.
The Jones scandal laughed. Well, holding back Ezekiel Elliott wasn't laughing. Currently, Elliott is away from the team in hopes of securing a new contract that will pay him at a level that he feels respects his status as one of the league's top defenders.
This seems to be about contempt. To date, Elliott feels disrespected by the contract proposal or will be signed and he will train with the team.
Many fans in the media also shied away from Jones' comments as meaningless and without reason to accept the violation. Others believe that when it comes to a man and his money, there is no public spotlight on contractual impasse.
The amount of respect a player receives from his team is counted in dollars and cents. [1
None of this means that after the conditions are installed there will be no water under the bridge, but for now it is a blow to an already rocky road.
Elliott returned to Dallas over the weekend after spending his contract training in Cabo while the team is training in Oxnard. After winning against Aries, the club returned to Dallas to complete the rest of their training camp, preparing for their season opener on September 8 against the New York Giants.