Both Jones and Garrett spoke with Elliott on Friday before the team left Texas for training camp in California.
“We believe very strongly in Zeke as a person and as a football player. We did our due diligence on him,” Garrett said Sunday. “Having said that, he’s not perfect. He makes mistakes, we all make mistakes. It’s incumbent on all of us, everybody in our organization — coaches, players, everybody that’s connected with Zeke — to help him understand the importance of making good decisions if we’re going to help him grow that way.
“Zeke understands what the standards are for our football team. I think he understands what he needs to do to reach those standards on and off the football field. We’ll continue to work with him, just like we will with all our players.”
Even if he is not charged by police, the growing list of off-field incidents could lead to the NFL to suspending Elliott under the league’s personal conduct policy.
Within minutes of Simpson being granted parole Thursday after serving nine years for an armed robbery, Sporting News contacted various sports TV networks to see if they would be interested in interviewing a man many believed got away with murder.
ESPN, the largest and most powerful player in sports media, confirmed Thursday night it would like to sit down with Simpson.
“Given public interest, we would be among the many outlets interested in an interview if the opportunity presented itself,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told SN in a statement.
I don’t blame ESPN, which devoted its “Outside the Lines” program Thursday to Simpson’s parole hearing, for wanting to do that. Simpson is still news and everybody will be trying to land him for a sitdown once he leaves prison and returns to public life.