Dallas Cowboys: 'Wrestle the keys away from Jerry Jones': Dallas radio host says he's disgusted by Cowboys owner's comments on Zeke

By SportsDayDFW.com

George Dunham, one of the hosts of The Musers on The Ticket KTCK [96.7 FM/1310AM] teed off on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' recent comments in the Ezekiel Elliott suspension fight on Wednesday morning's show. Here's a transcript.

George Dunham: I've been so torn about this for three days, feeling strongly about it, just thinking, 'Well, the guy takes a lot of criticism anyway and it just sounds like such an attack and I really don't want to be too divisive.' I really don't. But I just I can't get over what Jerry Jones said on Sunday, [and] what he continues to say. To me it's insulting. It's embarrassing, and I can't believe he's not taking more heat for it. I said it was top-five on Monday morning, I now say this is the most ridiculous thing that Jerry has said. The stupidest thing he's ever said since he's owned the team in 1989. And it happened just minutes after his team had just earned a really good road win at Washington. He was asked about the case of Ezekiel Elliott and where it stands and the battle ahead. And this is what he had to say:

Jerry Jones audio: We need him. But what is important is that he gets a fair shake. Zeke has in no way by any standard in this country done anything wrong. He's done nothing wrong. We the league have tried to say that he's done something that we disagree with. We all don't agree with that. So I want him to get a fair shot, and he deserves that.

Dunham: [Quoting Jones] 'He's done nothing wrong by anybody's standards.' So Jerry is going to define moral behavior. I'm just going to leave that comment there and let you do with that what you want. Y'all have your own good time with that one. Never done anything wrong by anybody's standards. Does he mean in general? Because if he means in general, that's a joke, right. I think by a lot of people's standards it's not really good as a representative of the Dallas Cowboys to pull down a woman's blouse and in a parade and then laugh about it. I don't think by anybody's standards that's OK. And if we're going to narrow it down to this case of whether it was domestic abuse, well first of all that's that's nothing to take lightly. And obviously the NFL is not right now, and they've been through a couple of really ugly incidents of players who have committed domestic violence. The Ray Rice case. Greg Hardy. You thought that would be a good idea to sign him? How'd that work out, by the way? What did he have? About a half more dozens than a dead man anyway? And as a person, you really want as you're trying to build character and a team of characters, as your head coach says, you sign him up a couple of years ago in what was a tire fire of a season?

But if it's about this incident, this alleged incident -- that by the way the victim claims lasted five days -- and when you bring it up we're all ready to shoot holes in her theory because she is accusing Ezekiel Elliott, this saint, the guy who's done nothing wrong according to Jerry Jones. We can shoot holes in her testimony. It's easy. She's just some girl. She doesn't play in the NFL, right. Well she did testify that she told Zeke that she was pregnant. He told her to get an abortion. Now, again, by anybody's standards, he's done nothing wrong. He's this upstanding citizen that we should all look up to. Unfortunately, she miscarried, she lost the other -- she was pregnant with twins. She testified that one night he wanted to have sex with her. She said no, he insisted, she said no, he insisted again. Then he yanked her out of bed, pushed her up against the wall, held her hands and choked her. Elliott denies this. She texted her aunt pictures of the bruises on her arms, neck and shoulders. The NFL investigation confirmed the metadata -- you know we heard the NFL had some data that the police department of Columbus did not -- well that showed that the pictures were taken in the apartment on that day.

Now I'm not saying this means that he did it. I don't know. But I know this: I know Jerry doesn't know. He wasn't there. And you're going to base your reputation, you're going to base everything that you put into this star since 1989 on Ezekiel Elliott, and you're going to go to bat for him and you're going to say, 'Hey I've seen the evidence. I know, I've talked to Zeke. I know?' You don't know. And you're right, I don't know. But I look at testimony, and it's pretty detailed. It goes over five days. What if one of those things is true? That's still domestic violence.

Craig Miller: Yeah, what if 10 percent of her story is true?

Dunham: That's still domestic violence to me. Are there holes in her story? Apparently yeah, looks like there are. Are there medical examiners who have looked at the bruises and disagree? Yes. Are there false accusations out there? Are athletes targets? Yes they are. But how many thousands of women out there don't have a voice? How many thousands of women out there have claimed, 'Hey this has happened to me' but nobody believes them, let alone the fact that it's a big-time athlete? It could just be somebody in your neighborhood that claimed before. 'Oh he wouldn't do that, he's a good guy, he wouldn't do that. And, you know, she's kind of nutty.' And she may be. I don't know.

I wasn't there that night, but I know Jerry wasn't either. And to base all of this -- and then yesterday comes out and says that Zeke is the victim of overcorrection. We're making Ezekiel Elliott now into the victim.

He uses that word -- victim -- when there are victims of domestic violence throughout this country. I saw one for myself when I was 12 years old. The poor woman next to us had to seek shelter in our home with her four kids because her husband had beaten her beyond recognition. I heard the screams. I saw the blood. I knew the kids. That guy didn't even do jail time. And then a few weeks down the line she went back. She came back to our house again several months later. I'm sorry, I'll never forget that. And maybe that's why my view of this is a bit stilted. But if there's any sort of any sort of indication that there was a problem like this, I would be really careful as an owner of an NFL team if I stick my neck out for this guy.

I don't have to run down what he has been involved in since he got to town or what he was involved in when he was at Ohio State. You're going to base your reputation on him? He also said yesterday, 'With knowledge I have of the circumstances, they aren't treating him fair. Two years ago, this wasn't an issue.' So he's now equating because of what Ray Rice did, Zeke's now paying the price. Well if it took that videotape of Ray Rice doing that to his spouse to get the NFL to wake up about domestic violence, is that really a bad thing that we'll suspend a guy if he's under suspicion and there's plenty of testimony? This is not a rush to judgment. This has been going on for a year that the NFL looked into this, and how many appeals, how many 'upon further reviews' has this received? And then Jerry's still got to say, 'Well I've seen it and now I'm willing to stake.'

You talk about bad for business, hitch your wagon to Ezekiel Elliott, because it disgusts me. And I'm telling you right now it's time for Stephen or Charlotte or one of the grandkids to wrestle the keys away from Jerry Jones because he's lost it. He has absolutely lost it. If he is going to go to the mat for Ezekiel Elliott's off-field behavior and act like he's the victim, I'm sorry that disgusts me.

And if people ask me, 'Hey aren't you a Cowboy fan?' Yes. I've been a Cowboy fans since I knew what football was, since I barely remember Super Bowl V and I remember them winning Super Bowl VI. And that's when I became a fan and have been following the team ever since. I can't be a fan of that, though. I can't be a fan of what he has done since Sunday. That's ridiculous.

And the only thing I can figure, because Jerry in my dealings with him he has always been very decent to me. I worked for the Cowboys for right around 10 years doing PA. The Jones family couldn't have been nicer to me. But I just have to say something about this. I think it's disgusting. I think he's off the rails, and the only thing I can figure is he's old-man crazy. He's just crazy to say something like that.

Wrestle the keys away from him. And we sure as hell know he doesn't know how to run a football team. We haven't seen the Super Bowl in 22 years. Two playoff wins. The only reason he got the Super Bowls was because of what Jimmy built, and it lasted for four years.

There's good people that work for Jerry, there's good people that work for that organization. There's people that I root for there because they're still my friend. I can't root for this. I can't handle this. And I think he has absolutely lost it.

Miller: You know I think you're onto something with the old-man crazy because as I thought about those comments this week, is he just to the point where he sees the end, he's desperate to win a Super Bowl on his own -- hell, win a playoff game damn near on his own? Is he so desperate that he's cashing in all his chips and that he doesn't care about morality, he doesn't care about reputation, he just wants the best game pieces on the field and that's why he's willing to go to the mat for a guy like Zeke Elliott who has an unbelievable track record?

And I want to say something else that I brought up yesterday with David Moore that I don't think is getting enough attention: Jerry and a lot of people say, 'Well the Columbus Police Department didn't pursue charges.' Oh, what a shock that in a one-horse town that is dominated by the college football team that the local police department decides not to press charges on a guy that helped win a national championship for them? You know, that has never happened before. Oh wait. Yes it has. 10,000 times. In Waco, in Norman, in Tallahassee. Every spot where college football is king. For a police department not to pursue charges against a current player or a coach or a hero who's just moved onto the NFL, that doesn't tell me anything just because the Columbus police decided not to press charges. Of course they're not going to press charges against Zeke Elliott. So I hate that reason that people fall back on.

There's so much smoke here with Zeke Elliot, and not just from that incident but from everything else that he's been involved in, from the nightclub punch to the St. Patrick's Day to trying to skirt the drug tests.

Dunham: But he's done nothing wrong by anybody's standards.

Miller: But he's done nothing wrong by anybody's standards.

Dunham: And as we talked about this in our morning meeting, if this is a ploy, if this is Jerry's way of turning the Cowboys fans against Goodell and against the system and you're trying to rally support by doing that, you may be right. He may be be right and maybe I'm crazy. But this will come back and bite him.

If you hitch your wagons to a dude like that, who I think is of questionable character -- that doesn't mean it's over for Zeke, hey maybe this was a wake-up call. But is it a wake-up call when your owner tells you, 'He's done nothing wrong?' No. I think he's done something wrong. And I said back in August I think he needs counseling on a number of things. I think he's a young man who has some problems. And that doesn't mean they're not correctable, doesn't mean his life's over, doesn't mean he couldn't be a quality human being, doesn't mean he's not a good dude 90 percent of the time.

But it looks like he's got some problems. He's caused the Cowboys a world of problems these last 15 months of off-the-field cloud. And it still hangs over this team. Is he playing this Sunday? Hell if I know. And I don't care anymore. I'd much rather see Alfred Morris carry it. Rod Smith, Darren McFadden, let's let them carry the ball for a while and let's let Zeke figure out what he's going to do with the rest of his life.


Move on , nothing to see here ! ... SMH