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Report: Phone records turned over in NFL’s Ezekiel Elliott probe

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It has been nearly a year since allegations of domestic violence were lodged against Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, sparking investigations by both Columbus, Ohio law enforcement and the NFL into what happened.

Authorities in Columbus declined to pursue charges last September, but the league’s probe has continued without any resolution. That resolution may be closer now that the league has received documents from Elliott and the NFL Players Association.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that phone records and other documents requested by the league were recently turned over. Per Pelissero, the acquisition of those documents suggests “there could be closure before the calendar gets too close to the start of the regular season in September” although an appeal of any discipline doled out under the Personal Conduct Policy would change the timeline.

Elliott expressed frustration with the pace of the investigation in January and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in March that there was “just nothing” to cause the league to take disciplinary action.

The NFL has only said that the investigation is ongoing.

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36 Responses to “Report: Phone records turned over in NFL’s Ezekiel Elliott probe”
  1. alphafantasyfootball says: Jun 1, 2017 3:20 PM

    The Egyptians built pyramids in the dessert by hand faster then this.

  2. It should read"the triumphant return of Lemmy Akyadis" says: Jun 1, 2017 3:22 PM

    Did he did or did he didn’t? Zeke, welcome to the NFL’s version of completely arbitrary justice. If you say you’re not certain, you’re guilty.If you protest loudly after sending goons to your accusers house to shut them up, you’re a hero.

  3. jaxon51 says: Jun 1, 2017 3:27 PM

    I thought Jerry Jones hired same guy Bobby Kraft uses in these situations and had that phone destroyed?

  4. doubleb31 says: Jun 1, 2017 3:27 PM

    this is still a thing?

  5. XaqFields says: Jun 1, 2017 3:27 PM

    The NFL needs to get out of the “criminal investigation” business entirely. If the proper authorities have concluded their investigation and recommended no charges, there’s no reason the NFL and their lesser-trained investigative goons should come to any different conclusion.

    The NFL’s investigations should be limited to actual on-field infractions that undermine the integrity of the game over which they govern. Punish players who have been convicted of a crime, or when there is CLEAR, and public evidence that they clearly have violated the personal conduct policy.

    If it takes you a year to complete an investigation that the legal system threw out in a month, you’ve overstepped your bounds.

  6. navyvandal says: Jun 1, 2017 3:30 PM

    Take it from a patriots fan……it’s about to get nasty..unless jerry jones and Roger shake and call it even 🙄

  7. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 1, 2017 3:32 PM

    Exposing the breast at he parade was the final straw. Roger said “I have had enough of this punk!”

  8. painsyndicate says: Jun 1, 2017 3:33 PM

    The Egyptians built pyramids in the dessert by hand faster then this.
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    Pyramids in dessert? Awesome. Was it a banana split by any chance? That’s my favorite.

  9. tylawspick6 says: Jun 1, 2017 3:35 PM

    goodell will never frame his best buddy jerrah
    like he did on kraft at the behest of numerous
    other seethingly jealous owners

  10. micknangold says: Jun 1, 2017 3:37 PM

    If it takes you a year to complete an investigation that the legal system threw out in a month, you’ve overstepped your bounds.

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    It took a year because the NFL doesn’t have subpoena power.

  11. 8oneanddones says: Jun 1, 2017 3:50 PM

    Players should only have burner phones that are in the name of their fall guys.

  12. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 1, 2017 3:52 PM

    This is just stupid. Lucky for the NFL as a whole that this is not receiving the attention deflategate got.

    Why does 345 Park Ave insist on shooting themselves in the foot.

  13. fwippel says: Jun 1, 2017 3:54 PM

    The Russians must have been in on this!

  14. mongo3401 says: Jun 1, 2017 4:01 PM

    In other news the Earths oceans hold about 97.5 % of the planets water.

    If our legal system says there is no case then there is no case , period

  15. fjw2 says: Jun 1, 2017 4:03 PM

    Next CBA is going to be a long one.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 1, 2017 4:05 PM

    Zeke’s headphones had to be shipped seperately as they wouldn’t fit into the crate.

  17. sportoficionado says: Jun 1, 2017 4:10 PM

    So tired of this charade by the league–these records were available last year but they are just now getting around to requesting/looking at them? some texts were even made public, clearly showed the accuser trying to manipulate the situation–this should have been closed months ago.

  18. xofdallas says: Jun 1, 2017 4:13 PM

    Now let’s see if the NFL leaks any personal or salacious details from his phone records, as happened with Incognito and also with the records Brady did turn over.

    The sad thing is, the NFL is going wayyyyy overboard in its investigations when it starts demanding a person’s private phone records in the course of what amounts to a private investigation on behalf of a business, and then uses refusal to turn over phone records as justification for any kind of smear campaign it wants to run.

    And the players, and their agents, are running scared precisely because of the NFL’s witch hunt of Tom Brady.

  19. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 1, 2017 4:15 PM

    ^ I’m guessing Ted Wells has pictures Goodell doesn’t want made public.

  20. patswillreign says: Jun 1, 2017 4:15 PM

    So now the league is only interested in phone records, not the actual phone? Hmm…

  21. drunkraider says: Jun 1, 2017 4:16 PM

    should of destroyed his phone. because you know, thats what everybody does every month.

  22. streetyson says: Jun 1, 2017 4:25 PM

    Wait a minute, when Brady offered his phone records at his internal appeal (which he said would prove that the NFL already had all texts between him and the ballboys and anyone connected with the Pats), the NFL refused, saying (despite a 2yr, $5M+ investigation) that it takes too long to go through such logs. So how come phone logs are so important and not too time consuming now? Hmm.

  23. greymares says: Jun 1, 2017 4:35 PM

    How about not screwing up in the first place.

  24. briang123 says: Jun 1, 2017 4:35 PM

    I wonder if all the Cowboys fans who were saying “yeah, stick it to those Patriots and Brady!” are sitting there and laughing now.

  25. crush22 says: Jun 1, 2017 4:42 PM

    Hurry Zeek!
    Smash your phone ala Tammy Brady!

  26. deuce22222 says: Jun 1, 2017 4:47 PM

    briang123 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 4:35 PM
    I wonder if all the Cowboys fans who were saying “yeah, stick it to those Patriots and Brady!” are sitting there and laughing now.

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    Ha!

  27. veddermn8 says: Jun 1, 2017 4:50 PM

    drunkraider says:
    Jun 1, 2017 4:16 PM

    should of destroyed his phone. because you know, thats what everybody does every month.

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    Why? The NFL has Elliot’s phone records, just like it had all of Brady’s (which were voluntarily handed over by him). Brady made a great decision by not setting the precedent with the NFL that they can request personal property and was completely exonerated by physics and the lack of spot check data.
    Point is, the NFL is terrible at investigations.

  28. redclaw1314 says: Jun 1, 2017 4:53 PM

    unfortunately for Zeke the nfl’s standard is: ” is it more likely than not?”

  29. stairwayto7 says: Jun 1, 2017 5:03 PM

    6 game suspension reduced to 4. Next

  30. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jun 1, 2017 5:06 PM

    The NFL’s standard is ” its more probable than not”.
    As for as Tom’s phone, Wells had already told Tom he didn’t need his phone. Besides Per the CBA , the NFL wasn’t entitled to it.
    Too bad the NFL was unaware cold weather causes pressure in footballs to drop, framegate could have easily gone away if the NFL understood 7th grade science.

  31. Obi Wan Jablowme says: Jun 1, 2017 5:08 PM

    Tom Brady turns over all his phone records, and the NFL wanted his phone

    Elliot turns over his phone records and the NFL is satisfied

    WHAT?!?!? Why doesn’t anyone need his phone? The records can’t be good enough, they can’t be satisfied with just phone records…

  32. youdrivemenutseagles says: Jun 1, 2017 5:24 PM

    Even I hope they find him innocent at this point, geez.

  33. hamlet423 says: Jun 1, 2017 5:51 PM

    The NFL is going to go hard for one reason

    Rice Ray

    they never want to be embarrassed liked that again.

    Hence no stone will be left unturned.

    Is it not fair, but working in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. Although this is clearly something that has to be discussed in the next CBA. At the very least players need some guidelines on investigations and what to expect.

  34. thetooloftools says: Jun 1, 2017 5:58 PM

    The NFL drags it’s feet on investigations and then wonders why it looks like The Goodell Gang are dolts.

  35. Fog says: Jun 1, 2017 6:21 PM

    streetyson says:
    Jun 1, 2017 4:25 PM
    Wait a minute, when Brady offered his phone records at his internal appeal (which he said would prove that the NFL already had all texts between him and the ballboys and anyone connected with the Pats), the NFL refused, saying (despite a 2yr, $5M+ investigation) that it takes too long to go through such logs. So how come phone logs are so important and not too time consuming now? Hmm.

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    Apples and oranges. Brady does not play for Jones, Elliot does.

  36. jag1959 says: Jun 1, 2017 6:26 PM

    So…
    Brett Favre sexted pics to a female team employee and was investigated by the league for sexual harassment of said employee. He handed over nothing and got a slap on the wrist.

    Tom Brady was accused of conspiring with team employees to do something the league failed to prove happened. The employees handed over their team phones, Brady handed over records but not his personal phone and got hammered.

    Ezekiel Elliot has been under investigation by the league for over a year for DV allegations the DA elected not to pursue. He is just now handing over records but not the phone and… (insert carnival music here).

    You can not make this stuff up

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