Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a certain right to talk about his players; whether that be right or wrong. At least, according to him. And, as one of the sports industries most successful and public owners, he does just that.

After rookie running back Tony Pollard impressed in the team’s second preseason game on Saturday, Jones quickly asked the question; “Zeke who?” As amid a lengthy contract negotiation in a deadlock, Jones saw his rookie and figured maybe his Cowboys don’t need the superstar back named Ezekiel Elliott; at least, that’s what his joke indicates.

But, Elliott wasn’t too happy about his comments — no matter if he was being sarcastic or not. Elliott’s agent Rocky Arceneaux said, per Chris Mortenson,

“I didn’t think it was funny and neither did Zeke – we actually thought it was disrespectful.”

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It’s clear Elliot, nor his agent was not amused by Jones’ comments. But, Jones says he has the right to say that; after all, he does sign his paychecks (if he decides to pay him, of course).

“I’ve earned the right to joke with Zeke,” Jones said on Tuesday, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Let me be real clear about that. I’ve earned the right to joke with Zeke.”

All the joking can be over with when (or if) Jones eventually gets Elliott to sign a contract extension. But, the mercurial owner of America’s Team is without him; while Jones’ Cowboys are training in Oxford, Ca., Elliott is down in Cabo, Mexico.