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Cowboys News: NFL’s “bizarre” handling of Ezekiel Elliott case under increasing scrutiny

July 15th, 2017 at 4:42 AM
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Source: Ezekiel Elliott could be facing a one- or two-game suspension over domestic violence allegations – Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
The conclusion to Ezekiel Elliott’s case is coming soon.

Sources are indicating that the league is likely to suspend Elliott for a short period.

Multiple sources close to the situation told Schefter that Elliott could face a one- or two-game suspension, but the league has denied that any decision on discipline has been made, and could not be made until its investigation is complete.

“The NFL is looking to pin something on him,” one source familiar with the investigation said.

“Looking to pin something on him” is a strange way to phrase something if the source was from the NFL, so you can pretty much guess that source is from the Cowboys/Elliott camp

Ezekiel Elliott case continues to be a bizarre balancing act for the NFL – Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk
Florio provides a interesting take on the how the NFL is clumsily trying to balance conflicting business considerations while attempting to engage in an objective, dispassionate assessment of the facts.

On one hand, the league needs to placate [Jerry] Jones, who has more power than ever and who, we’re told, made it clear to the powers-that-be a year ago that he won’t be as gracious and compliant as Patriots owner Robert Kraft if a star player gets banned for something the boss thinks is bogus. On the other hand, the league needs to be cognizant of the potential P.R. consequences that would flow from a decision to give Elliott a pass รข?? especially if his alleged victim files a lawsuit and eventually tells a compelling tale of domestic violence that the court of public opinion finds persuasive.

Whatever the league does, it needs to do it now. The internal appeals process needs to be resolved before Week One, so that the potential suspension doesn’t hover one week at a time over the 2017 season. A cynic would say that influential Giants co-owner John Mara is pushing for immediate resolution, so that his team won’t have to face Elliott in Week One. Right or wrong, the league’s bungling of other investigations invites skepticism and cynicism when it comes to this one.

So what happens with Elliott? It’s possible that Friday’s report from Adam Schefter of ESPN was the product not of an exasperated Elliott camp accepting the inevitable but a deliberate leak from the league office aimed at gauging public opinion (along with the possible wrath of Jerry) before making a final decision. Whatever the motivation, a decision must come ASAFP if the league hopes for its internal investigation process to preserve any credibility whatsoever.

Cowboys drama brings back memories of glory years – Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Hill makes a tenuous connection between the 1990s Cowboys and this year’s version, but also offers a take on Elliott.

There are those on the Cowboys who believe the league is trying offset its mishandling of past domestic violence issues by taking a fine-tooth comb to Elliott’s case.

And thus we have Friday’s report of sorts from ESPN that “there is a growing feeling that Elliott could face a short suspension.”

Per the NFL, no decision has been made on Elliott. Right now, it’s nothing more than gossip and rumor-mongering.

And anything regarding the Cowboys is prime clickbait.

NFL continues to investigate Zeke Elliott – Tim Owens, ArkLaTex.com
Despite a year-long investigation, the NFL seems to make up its rules on the fly.

Schefter suggested that Elliott could be looking at a two-game suspension, forcing him out for Week One against the Giants and Week Two against the Broncos. It’s unclear why Elliott would be suspended only two games, as NFL …

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