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Latest buzz of Ezekiel Elliott’s potential suspension is just another fumble by the NFL

July 16th, 2017 at 4:29 PM
By Sports Media 101

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

In an offseason that will seemingly never end, it was reported that Ezekiel Elliott is bracing for a potential suspension from the NFL due to a closed case from a year ago. Nobody is going to downplay the seriousness of domestic violence. However, this is a case that had insufficient evidence, witnesses that disputed the report, threatening text messages from the accuser, and complete cooperation from the accused. Again, this was closed a year ago by the Ohio prosecutors yet remains open in the eyes of the NFL.

Look, we’re not going to pretend that cases haven’t closed in this country when wrongdoing was committed. The judicial system isn’t perfect but what more can the NFL find in this matter that hasn’t already been found? Are their sources and investigators more equipped than the prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio? It was about a month ago that Ezekiel Elliott handed over his phone and anything that would help the NFL resolve the matter. Still, this case is ongoing and there hasn’t been a single ounce of clarity throughout the process.

To be fair, the NFL has stated that no official decision has been made but ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the contrary:

The most troublesome thing of all about this was a comment given to Schefter by a source close to the investigation:

Ezekiel Elliott at this point in time is bracing for a short suspension,” Schefter said. “Maybe one game, maybe two games, but as one person told me, in quotes, ‘It looks like the NFL is trying to pin something on him.’”

That comment most likely is from someone within Zeke’s camp but it perfectly encapsulates what the NFL’s discipline system has been under Roger Goodell. This is …

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Tags: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott, Ezekiel Elliott handed over his phone and anything that would help the NFL resolve the matter, Greg hardy, Josh Brown, July 14, 2017, New York Giants, Ray rice, Steve Smith Sr.

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