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Spagnola: Since The Show Must Go On, There Is No Time For A Pity-Party

August 11th, 2017 at 8:05 PM
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OXNARD, Calif. – As we were walking through the Residence Inn parking lot here at training camp, Cowboys player development consultant Calvin Hill was walking toward us.

         He was wearing appropriately for the day a dry-fit T-shirt, blue with white capital letters on the front. One head coach Jason Garrett issue with a signature message to the team and the organization:

         FOCUS.

         Garrett’s ability to maintain focus over the next month, heck two-and-a-half months, with his players will be stretched to the limits.

         Let me say this, and as you can imagine, nobody out here at the River Ridge Sports Complex on Friday was happy. Not the owner, not the COO, not the head coach. Most likely, not the players. Faces were long, frozen in fury.

         For the NFL found it necessary to suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott six games for violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, all related to a five-day period in July 2016 around his 21st birthday when he was accused of physical abuse by his female acquaintance, Tiffany Thompson, according to the NFL release of the letter to Elliott, along with his behavior at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas on March 11 of this year.

         The four-person advisory board, along with Commissioner Goodell, as he is referred to in the six-page letter, did not then suspend Elliott the mandatory six games for domestic abuse, but simply for violating the all-encompassing Personal Conduct Policy. That does not have to be a mandatory six-game suspension, but the hard-charging NFL against domestic abuse laid down the hammer.

         So before we try to pass judgment on this classic case of he-said, she-said, which the prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, did not believe they had enough evidence to convict Elliott in a court of law, and no one in Dallas saw fit to accuse Elliott of domestic abuse for tugging an acquaintance’s cleavage-revealing top down – or at least trying to – at the St. Paddy’s Day celebration caught on social media video, let’s remember a couple of things.

         This …

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Tags: Alfred Morris, Calvin Hill, Darren McFadden, David Irving, Derrick Lassic, Dez Bryant, Emmitt Smith, Ezekiel Elliott, Greg hardy, Harold Henderson, Jason Garrett, Jason Witten, Jerry Jones, Labor Relations committee, Los Angeles Rams, National Basketball Association, National Football League, Rod Smith, Roger Goodell, Ronnie Hillman, Tiffany Thompson, Tom Brady, Tom Hanks, UN Court

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