“I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” Jones said. Then he cited the Patriots-Goodell spat over Deflategate. “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p—– compared to what I’m going to do.”
Before the suspension, Jones had repeatedly said he did not expect Elliott to be suspended. When SportsDay Cowboys insider Kate Hairopoulos asked Jones whether Goodell had told him such directly, Jones was evasive.
Did Goodell ever tell Jones that Elliott wouldn’t miss games?
“I wouldn’t dare get into any of our conversations or anything, but we did have conversations regarding Zeke,” Jones told Hairopoulos after the Cowboys’ Week 2 loss in Denver.
The ESPN report also states that Patriots owner Robert Kraft weighed in on the Elliott situation. From the story:
Jones didn’t know that Goodell was changing his mind. And he didn’t know that Goodell was facing pressure, both from a handful of league executives who felt Elliott should be suspended and from owners wanting Jones to be humbled. Kraft had called Goodell in the summer and, referring to the Elliott case, told the commissioner, “My guy got four games for footballs and there’s still nothing on this?”
Jones said after the suspension was announced that Elliott was a victim of overcorrection by the commissioner.