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Off-Field Drama Likely to Ruin Training Camp

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Off-Field Drama Likely to Ruin Training Camp

There was a time when the only thing fans of the NFL cared about was football. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. The NFL is at a point where sports lines offered by sportsbooks don’t matter as much as they used to. And the reason is that the NFL is constantly mired in drama these days. The Cowboys exemplify this recent trend in the NFL.

When Jerry Jones opened the Cowboys training camp on Sunday, he was probably dreading another conversation with the media because he knew the questions he would field would have very little to do with football. And that is odd considering the performance Dallas has been delivering.

Their thirteen victories in the previous season not only put them in a favorable position for a Super Bowl run but they also tied for a franchise record.

However, no one seems to care much about that, as Coach Jason Garrett and vice president Stephen Jones will attest. The drama has dominated the Dallas headlines as of late and it is largely the fault of Ezekiel Elliott and Jourdan Lewis.

The league has been looking into Elliott for quite a while now because he supposedly breached their domestic violence policy. The fact that the investigations have been running for so long is a source of frustration for some people, especially when it is still unclear as to whether Elliott will be suspended.

Lewis, on the other hand, will actually go to court to answer a domestic violence case. That isn’t the sort of press Dallas wants. But that is exactly what everyone wants to talk about. And Jones can attest as much because the Sunday press conference saw him spend the first twenty minutes discussing anything but the activities on the field.

Jones didn’t dismiss the worries of fans and pundits. He accepted that the Cowboys had to be open to the voice of the fans and that the team was working hard to change the reputation they are starting to garner.

It is clear that a portion of the training camp will be spent dealing with the off-field drama, probably to the detriment of the Cowboys in the long run. For now, fans just want to know what will happen to some of these players because their presence or absence matters.

Elliott hasn’t made things easy for his team. Besides the domestic violence charge, the athlete’s reputation has taken a hit for being present during an incident at a night club that saw a man’s nose get broken. The speculation of his involvement has run wild.

And that is just months after another incident involving Elliott and a woman’s top.

If those two weren’t bad enough, linebacker Damien Wilson is also on the chopping block, dealing with assault charges of his own.

Dallas needs to get its act together. They have to escape the banner of controversy, which is problematic for their brand. They cannot be seen to tolerate some of the uncouth mannerisms of their players. However, they cannot afford to spend so much time dealing with off-field drama.

The worst thing to come out of the Dallas controversies is the fact that all their players are being painted in the same colors as the likes of Elliott and Lewis.

Bryson Treece

Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter – @InsideTheStarDC

  • Randy Martin

    C’mon man! Off-road drama preoccupies the mind of the media. It isn’t going to ruin training camp. For every article like this that continues to echo this theme, there is 5 more that talks about the great things happening in camp. Obviously this story came out dated as Jourdan Lewis has been exonerated. Nobody is turning a blind eye to these things but it doesn’t mean the media needs to keep a spotlight on them and keep echoing the same theme over and over. No Bryson, training camp is alive and well and is happening. And it’s making headlines for all the right reasons!

    • Bryson Treece

      It was an hour before Lewis’ trial ended, and what do you think I was talking about? The media is going to grind this shit to death and we’ll have to weed through it during camp. Sure, plenty of places to avoid it, but nothing official/connected. It’s a grind.

      Not to mention, Twitter.

      You want to talk about echoing a theme, try sifting through thousands of tweets every day talking trash. “Oh, so it’s okay to beat women, but not steal?” There are smart people there who don’t piss and moan all day, but it gets tiring and they are vastly outnumbered. So maybe you only get the post if you see things from my/our POV. And Facebook is even worse; blind optimism and sour disdain, no middle ground.

      Anyway, just my 2 cents.

    • Bryson Treece
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  • Willie Rogers

    This is not at all surprisng,Dallas has the worst media in all of proffessional sports, the most haters reside right here in the lone star state,these guy’s are so jealous of these young black men making all this money.It’s about to run them out of their rabbit ass minds.

    • Bryson Treece

      Willie, come on man. It’s a game. Competition, rivalry are part of it. Don’t make me call bullshit on you; leave race out of it. Men. Not black men, not “rabbits” (racist af btw), just men. Why can’t we get that one down?

      ITS is a blue and silver zone. Thanks for reading!!! DC4L

      • Willie Rogers

        Bryson Treece you know you got me lol.

        • Bryson Treece

          I love football and this team too much to let all that hate and BS pollute it. Great game, awesome men.

          Six weeks, two days to go…

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