Cowboys Writer: Jones Quip "Much Ado About Nothing"

Ezekiel Elliott didn't like Jerry Jones' "Zeke who?" comment, but it will soon be water under the bridge

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
August 20, 2019 - 9:13 am
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When asked about Ezekiel Elliott after the Cowboys’ preseason game in Hawaii on Saturday, Jerry Jones responded, “Zeke who?”

Elliott didn’t find it amusing. In fact, his agent said Elliott found the remark disrespectful.

DallasCowboys.com writer David Helman dropped by CBS Sports Radio to weigh in on Jones’ quip, as well as this ongoing standoff.

“I love a good Twitter joke as much as anybody, but I think it’s important to put some context in that,” Helman said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “As soon as Jerry said, ‘Zeke who?’ he kind of came back and said, ‘Obviously we haven’t forgotten about Zeke. We want him back. We need him back. We would love for Tony Pollard to complement him.’ I don’t think Jerry legitimately thinks he doesn’t need Ezekiel Elliott, but the opportunity to make a joke was just too good to pass up.”

Helman, though, understands why Jones made the quip.

“If Zeke doesn’t like it, he could get to camp if he wanted to,” Helman said. “I respect his decision try to maximize his value. He is grossly underpaid for being one of the best running backs in the league. But he’s got two years left on his contract. While I don’t disagree that he should seek more money, if you’re in breach of your contract, the guy who’s paying your salary, I think, kind of has a right to make a dig if he wants to. I think that’s kind of the way it goes.”

Ultimately, Helman doesn’t think Jones’ remark will impact contract negotiations – or Jones’ relationship with Elliott.

“I think it’s much ado about nothing,” Helman said. “If or when the the two sides agree on a deal, I think it will be water under the bridge. I don’t think that will be a big sticking point for either of them.”

Click below to listen to Helman’s interview in its entirety.