Jerry Jones laughed. Ezekiel Elliott and his agent did not.
After Jones was asked a question Saturday night about Elliott — to which he responded “Zeke who?” with a straight face before chuckling — the Cowboys owner looked at the camera and tried to send a message to his star running back.
“We’re having some fun, not at your expense,” Jones said.
But back in Cabo San Lucas, where Elliott is working out as he continues his holdout in hopes of getting a contract extension, he did not find the quip as fun.
“I didn’t think it was funny and neither did Zeke – we actually thought it was disrespectful,” Elliott’s agent, Rocky Arceneaux, told ESPN.
There has not been any “real activity” regarding Elliott’s contract dispute, the network reported, as the Cowboys’ Week 1 matchup against the Giants inches closer.
The original question that got Jones to joke about Elliott’s absence was whether rookie running back Tony Pollard was Jones’ best negotiating tool with Elliott. The fourth-round pick out of Memphis took five carries for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Rams Saturday in Honolulu, taking advantage of reps as Elliott sits out.
“If he continues this through the next several weeks, he’s going to be right in the middle of it early, and that’ll really complement what we’re doing with Zeke — not replace that, and I mean that,” Jones said.