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It was announced on Sept. 5 that the NFL was standing pat with its six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The suspension won’t begin until after the Cowboys’ season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 10. Elliott’s representatives said they still plan to fight the league’s decision.

Elliott’s allegedly been involved in a few domestic violence incidents but all of the cases were dismissed due to a lack of evidence. Two of the incidents involved a self-proclaimed ex-girlfriend. Elliott allegedly shoved the ex-girlfriend into a wall the February before he was drafted in April 2016. Police said that there were no visible signs of injury and also that there was no record of the ex-girlfriend pursuing charges.

In the current alleged domestic violence incident, Elliott was being investigated for, he allegedly assaulted the ex-girlfriend on the week of his birthday in July 2016. Elliott said he never dated the woman and the relationship between the two was exclusively sexual. On his birthday week in 2016 as well, Elliott’s alleged ex-girlfriend was livid about not being able to attend his 21st birthday party and threatened to ruin his career.

“You are a Black male athlete. I’m a White girl. They are not going to believe you,” Elliott claimed the victim said to him on July 22.

The league conducted its own investigation with professionals from law enforcement, judicial and public service, and other specialized subject areas. The league’s investigation concluded that there was extensive evidence that Elliott engaged in physical violence against the alleged victim.

Despite not being arrested or charged with any crime, NFL policy allows the league to still discipline players. The rule was in headlines last offseason as well when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t found guilty of intentionally deflating footballs in court, but still served a four-game suspension.

The fight that Elliott’s legal team is currently in isn’t proving his innocence, but it’s to convince the league the rule that allows the suspension should be overturned in this particular case. Much like Brady’s case, the suspension is likely going to stand, but that doesn’t mean the rule makes sense in Elliott’s case.

 

 

Rashad Milligan

Rashad Milligan is a news reporter at the Douglas County Sentinel. He used to be the sports editor for Georgia State's student newspaper, The Signal. He placed first in the 2017 Southeast Journalism Conference Onsite Competition for Sports Reporting. He has also been featured on NBA.com and A3C.com

  • NIGGAuKNOW!!!💪👊🏼

    He needs rest and in a hurry. He’s a straight sell-out!!!!!!!!!👎🏽🏉🏉

  • britishrosee

    let the boy learn dam , elliot needs to learn to stop playing with these white girls , and find him a solid sister , he need to know that because these women charging him is white he might as well be oj simpson brother , white folks conjur up all kinds of road block laws , to stop you from getting justice , never in the history of football have a white player been treated this way , just cause he didnt want a female in his circle . im sure they have slap the hell out of some of these white chicks , the difference is the nfl is not willing to turn the cheek on a nigro , who supposedly beat up a white girl ,, sad … elliot should knw better by now .. the boy is young for one , he just didnt realize

  • Cici

    Well why is he with a white girl in the first place…..and he has the nerve to bring up her race against her by using her words. She understands race and how to use it he should stop being a sellout. If his girlfriend would have been black he would have been fine didn’t he see what happened to O.J. Guess he was too busy being a sellout.

  • Mason Youngblood

    I’ve said it before…when you lay down with crackers you are going to get up with crumbs.

    • SrAgri

      You say that because you’re a raging racist.

      • Mason Youngblood

        Where is your hostility coming from?..on second thought who cares..I say what I wanna say..

        • SrAgri

          Where is your racism coming from?

          • Mason Youngblood

            I said “When you lay down with crackers you get up with crumbs” Who said anything about a color or race..? Don’t answer tho because you might start thinking that I give af about your opinions.

  • SrAgri

    The author of this article apparently forgot to mention that Elliott got into a fight at a bar and punched a man during the time he was being investigated. If Elliott had kept his nose clean during the investigation, they would likely have gone lighter on him.