Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott paying for NFL's past mistakes

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said running back Ezekiel Elliott is paying for the mistakes made by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the heels of Ray Rice‘s domestic violence situation in 2014.

“Zeke is a victim of an overcorrection,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Jones’ comments come one day after Elliott lost his bid for a preliminary injunction that would have stayed the NFL’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Elliott will not be on the field again until Dec. 17 against the Oakland Raiders, pending a potential appeal.

“(Goodell’s) swing of judgment has been unbelievable from the Ray Rice thing (from) one or two games all the way up to a six-game suspension when you truly have got a debate,” Jones said. “Even this judge said it shows that very reasonably people could possibly come down on both sides of this. Well, under our legal system it has to be stronger than that for someone to have done it. Now, we all know we were not there to see it, but I do have every point of contention on both sides and in our system in this country, Zeke would not have any issue here as to his work place.

“With the knowledge that I have, the circumstances aren’t treating him fair. Two years ago this wouldn’t be an issue, before Ray Rice.”

Rice initially was banned two games but was later suspended indefinitely when a video of the incident emerged. Jones contends the league’s change in stance when it came to Elliott was to appeal to the public.

“They swung from where this, two years ago by the same collective bargaining agreement, in my mind, (Elliott) would be playing,” Jones said. “Now he goes to where he’s got the extreme penalty of six. Now there’s a bigger penalty. You can be suspended. But still this is the max … Anybody that has really looked at the facts of the case, has really looked at it, knows there was divisive and difference of opinion within the league itself.”

Judge Katherine Failla of the Southern District of New York said Elliott and his NFL Players Association legal team failed to demonstrate a substantial question warranting the extraordinary remedy of injunctive relief, forcing him to begin his six-game suspension immediately.

Moreover, the court ruled that the NFL was fair in its investigation and arbitration process per the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and the league’s personal conduct policy.

Elliott, who currently ranks third in the league in rushing with 690 yards, had a career-high 33 carries for 150 yards in Sunday’s 33-19 victory against the Washington Redskins. It was his third straight 100-yard game and third career game over 150 yards dating back to last season.

The Cowboys (4-3) will go with Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren McFadden in place of the suspended Elliott.

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Joe Girardi surprised, disappointed with exit from New York Yankees

Joe Girardi said he is “surprised” and “disappointed” with the New York Yankees‘ decision to opt against his return as the team’s manager next season.

Girardi expressed his feelings to The Athletic in his first interview since being dismissed as the Yankees’ manager on Thursday.

The 53-year-old Girardi said his conversation with Brian Cashman was “fairly quick” when the general manager told him that he would not be returning to the club.

“Brian told me as an organization they had decided to go in a different direction,” Girardi said. “We talked for a few minutes and we talked later on for a little bit longer. For me, there was disappointment because I kind of wanted to finish what we had started this year. And I was looking forward to the growth of the organization, the young players, the more young players with the veterans we had.

“I was very excited about 2018. But in a lot of respects, I’m really thankful. I was there for 10 years. How many managers, head coaches in the NFL, NBA, NHL, college football coaches, college basketball coaches, get to spend 10 years in one place?”

Girardi concluded a four-year, $ 16 million contract with the Yankees, who fell one win shy of advancing to the World Series this year — losing Game 7 of the American League Championship Series to the Houston Astros.

After the Yankees lost in the ALCS, Girardi said he would once again discuss his situation with his wife and three children.

ESPN’s Buster Olney, citing sources, said that Cashman recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the team change managers.

Girardi took significant criticism for his team’s loss in Game 2 of the ALDS versus the Cleveland Indians after failing to ask for a replay review on a strikeout that was incorrectly called a hit batsman.

Girardi managed the then-Florida Marlins for one year before taking over with the Yankees in 2008. He guided the club to the World Series title in 2009 and six playoff appearances.

Girardi owns a record of 910-710 with the Yankees. His win total ranks sixth in franchise history, trailing only Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944).

As a catcher, Girardi played for 15 seasons with three World Series titles in four years as a member of the Yankees.

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Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones labels Ezekiel Elliott 'victim' in domestic violence suspension

Oct. 31 (UPI) —Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is still backing his Ezekiel Elliott, calling him a “victim of an overcorrection” by the NFL.

Jones went on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ show on Tuesday morning to talk about his star running back. Elliott recently had his motion denied for a preliminary injunction that reinstated his six-game ban.

“I can show you many positive things that this commissioner, Roger [Goodell], has done, is doing – and I can show you some things that he wants to take back,” Jones said. “This is a very example of it. I’m sure he’d like to take back his initial Ray Rice stance and a few others. He’s in the process of having tried to correct that, and in doing so, Zeke is a victim of an overcorrection.”

Elliott, 22, ranks No. 3 in the NFL with 690 rushing yards. He is tied with Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette with a league-high six touchdowns.

The 2016 rushing champion and No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft was originally suspended on Aug. 11 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The NFL claimed, in a letter to Elliott, that it had evidence of Elliott using “physical force” three different times in five days in a Columbus, Ohio apartment, resulting in injuries to the body of former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, despite the running back never being arrested or charged in the case by the Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney’s Office.

“The ruling has more to do with the scope of the commissioner’s authority and not really bearing on whether Zeke is guilty of domestic violence or not,” Jones said on KRLD-FM. “That’s where this stuff gets so convoluted. I am very troubled by the swings that we’ve had, that in this very thing the judge in this case ratified for the commissioner, but his swing of judgment has been unbelievable from the Ray Rice thing from one to two games all the way up to a six-game suspension when you truly have got a debate.”

“Even this judge said that it shows reasonable people could possibly come down on both sides of this. Well, in our legal system it has to be stronger than that for someone to have done it. We all know that we weren’t there to see it, but I do have every point of contention on both sides and in our system in this country Zeke would not have any issue here as to his workplace. I emphasize that because there’s a difference in that and law.”

“But I will tell you with the knowledge I have, the circumstances aren’t treating him fair. Two years ago, this wouldn’t be an issue.”

Rice, who is now out of football, was suspended for two games by the NFL for a 2014 domestic violence charge against then-fiancé and current wife Janay Palmer in Atlantic City. The ruling came five months after a video surfaced of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of a casino elevator.

Elliott and the NFLPA notified the NFL in August that he was appealing the suspension. He was able to play this season after a New York judge granted him a temporary restraining order through Monday. His six-game ban has been off and on multiple times before the latest result was announced Monday. U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied Elliott’s request for a temporary injunction.

Elliott is coming off of his two best games of the season. He had 147 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a Week 7 win against the San Francisco 49ers. He also had a 72-yard touchdown reception in that victory. Elliott plowed for 150 yards and two scores on 33 carries in Week 8 against the Washington Redskins. He has four consecutive starts with at least 132 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.

With the suspension back in play, Elliott is scheduled to miss games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, Redskins and New York Giants. He could return for the Cowboys’ Week 15 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.

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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving says he doesn't regret yelling expletive at fan

Oct. 22 (UPI) —Kyrie Irving says he doesn’t regret shouting an expletive at a fan Friday at halftime of a Boston Celtics game.

The Celtics guard was walking into the tunnel at the break of Friday’s 102-92 win against the Philadelphia 76ers when the sequence occurred.

Fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia were shouting down at Irving after the 76ers took a 50-46 lead into the locker room.

“[Expletive] my [expletive],” Irving yelled at the crowd, after a fan asked: “Kyrie, where’s LeBron?”

Irving scored a game-high 21 points and had six rebounds and four assists in the win.

He was asked Saturday if he regretted the clap-back at the fans.

“Hell no,” Irving told reporters, according to multiple outlets. “[The fan was] man enough to record it on video, then that’s all him. I’m glad he got his [social media] name out there and then, kinda, 5 seconds of fame and it going viral — that’s the social media platform we live on. I take full responsibility what I said and excuse [to] the kids at home and you move on.”

Irving told reporters that he has heard from the NBA, but did not reveal if he will be fined for the vulgar exchange.

The Celtics face the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at TD Garden.

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Stephen Curry throws mouthpiece at referee, ejected from Golden State Warriors loss

Oct. 22 (UPI) — NBA superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were both kicked out of a Golden State Warriors‘ loss after Curry chucked his mouthpiece at a referee.

Things got weird with about a minute left in Saturday’s game, which the Memphis Grizzlies won 111-101 against the Warriors at FedExForum in Memphis.

Curry drove toward the rim with about 45 seconds remaining. The Warriors trailed 107-97 at the time. He put a move on defenders at the top of the 3-point line before driving toward the hoop from the left side. He soared toward the backboard as Grizzlies guard Mike Conley pursued defensively. Conley jumped up and threw his left arm in Curry’s face to contest the shot.

Curry made the shot, but then screamed at the referee because he thought he was fouled. He then chucked his mouthpiece directly at Scott Wall. He was immediately ejected from the contest. After getting kicked out, he followed Wall and continued to yell at him, before being intercepted by teammate Andre Iguodala.

Durant was also ejected after getting involved in the verbal exchange.

Curry told reporters that he wasn’t trying to hit Wall with the mouthpiece.

“I didn’t throw my mouthpiece at the ref,” Curry told ESPN. “I got better aim than that. I threw it out of frustration.”

“That last play, I thought I got fouled, and my frustration boiled over,” he said. “I did something stupid. I deserved to get kicked out, and that’s what happened. Obviously, I’ll learn from it and try not to do it again.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked about the heave after the game.

“I think he should be suspended eight, maybe 10 games for that,” Kerr told reporters. “It was egregious. It was awful. It endangered thousands of people in the stands.”

This is far from the first time Curry has thrown his moutpiece during a game, as he admitted to reporters. He also did so in the 2016 NBA Finals after fouling out in a Game 6 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He ended up hitting the son of Cavaliers minority owner Nate Forbes with that heave. Forbes was seated courtside for that contest.

Curry scored a game-high 34 points and had six rebounds and three assists in Saturday’s loss. Durant netted 29 points and had 13 rebounds for the Warriors (1-2).

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Fantasy Football: DeMarco Murray will play for Tennessee Titans

Oct. 22 (UPI) — Running back DeMarco Murray will be active for the Tennessee Titans’ matchup Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Sources told ESPN Sunday that Murray will suit up for the 1 p.m. contest at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Sources also told NFL Network Sunday that the Titans are “optimistic” about Murray’s status for the game.

Murray rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in the Titans’ Week 6 win against the Indianapolis Colts. He has been dealing with hamstring issues this season and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He got in a limited session at Friday’s practice.

Derrick Henry and Murray each tallied 39 snaps in last week’s victory. Henry turned his 19 carries into 131 yards and a touchdown.

Murray was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Titans coach Mike Mularkey told reporters Friday that he “could be” a game-time decision.

Henry told the Titans website that he wants to take “full advantage of it” when the opportunity is there.

“I just approach it like any other week,” Henry said. “Compete every day, get better, and get ready for a good opponent in the Cleveland Browns.”

For fantasy football purposes, these two players were both startable in Week 6. This week could be a different challenge, as the Browns haven’t been terrible against the run this season. In fact, the Browns are tied with the Denver Broncos for allowing the fewest yards per carry (3.0) and have surrendered the sixth-fewest rushing yards per game this season.

Both running backs are RB2s for me this week as I don’t expect huge performances.

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