Jerry Jones defends Ezekiel Elliott over cutting short media session
Jerry Jones on Friday defended Ezekiel Elliott for cutting short an interview session with reporters earlier in the week, which marked the running back’s return to the team following a six-game suspension.
Jones’ comments stem from Elliott abruptly walking out on reporters after being asked several questions about his time away during his suspension.
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Jones praised Elliott for his handling of media obligations while criticizing reporters for giving the running back the third-degree over the suspension. Although Jones did circle back and stress he has respect for the media.
“Zeke has been one of the brightest, one of the best interviews that we’ve had, period, in the time that he’s been here,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “I certainly believe that under these circumstances, with so much made of his absence and so much made of why he was absent during the season, I certainly believe he deserves to circle that and say, ‘Guys, I don’t want to talk about that, basically choose my spot to talk about that.’
“As you well know, I’m appreciative of the media. The media has certainly been critical of me most of my time. But it was the media that put me in the Hall of Fame. I have always felt that in a way we’re on the same team, we chose to spend our lives in sports.”
It should come as little surprise that Jones stood up for Elliott. After all, Jones has been busy defending Elliott’s honor this season throughout the protracted legal drama surrounding the since-served suspension. The fact that Jones has done it again simply is par for the course.