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Still no resolution to Ezekiel Elliott investigation

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As the NFL embarks on its annual five-to-six-week period of minimal activity, the time for the NFL to resolve the long-lingering Ezekiel Elliott investigation has arrived.

If he’s going to be disciplined, Elliott needs to have time to appeal and resolve it before Week One. If he’s not going to be disciplined (and if the end result is that Elliott is blameless), the sooner the door is finally closed on this one, the better.

Elliott technically remains under scrutiny for allegations of domestic violence that emerged nearly a year ago. Although all parties involved have expressed optimism regarding the outcome from Elliott’s perspective, the investigation just won’t go away.

It needs to, one way or the other. Public confidence in the NFL applies not just to the games but to everything the league endeavors to do. Investigations the inexplicably hang around for weeks, months, and nearly a year do nothing to persuade the general public that the NFL is handling its in-house criminal justice system in a fair and appropriate way.

The reason(s) for the delay aren’t clear. Perhaps (speculation alert) some involved in the process believe the alleged victim and others believe Elliott. Perhaps (speculation alert) the league is trying figure out how to properly balance a desire to eradicate domestic violence from the sport with the need to placate one of the most powerful owners in all of sport.

Regardless, it’s not just going to fade away unnoticed. The longer is lasts, the less confidence the public will have in the notion that the league’s internal procedures don’t dole out justice from behind a blindfold but with plenty of competing P.R. and business considerations determining how and when these inquiries end — and that those P.R. and business concerns may result in enough analysis to trigger paralysis.

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  1. redlikethepig says: Jun 20, 2017 11:10 AM

    If he gets probation he’ll have to be traded out of Dallas since he won’t be allowed to associate with known felons.

  2. bighoser says: Jun 20, 2017 11:34 AM

    How about waiting to enact discipline AFTER charges are brought? If
    there’s no charges, then no discipline. Let the authorities do the investigation and the NFL can then impose their own punishment if the evidence warrants it. If the evidence doesn’t warrant charges, let alone a conviction, then the NFL should just butt out.
    I bet this comes up as part of the next collective bargaining agreement as what they are doing clearly doesn’t work for EITHER side.

  3. cboys4life2014 says: Jun 20, 2017 11:35 AM

    Why should the fact that some believe Zeke’s story and some don’t believe it matter? If you’re gonna be potentially handing out discipline the facts of the case should mean more than who believes who. All signs, including witness testimony from her own friends and text messages, point to this girl being a psycho who wanted revenge for their breakup. Case closed

  4. dallasfanindc says: Jun 20, 2017 11:39 AM

    This is absolutely unsatisfactory work by the NFL front office Ezekiel Elliott should sue them they know they have nothing but the power to control the time and that’s a fault of the NFLPA this has done damage to his image in the world and in the media they are toying with the perception of him being a criminal and that is dirty and it looks racist

  5. nhpats says: Jun 20, 2017 11:39 AM

    It is more probable than not that Elliott pulled down a woman’s shirt on camera….. I’d say this shoots a hole in his credibility.

  6. joetoronto says: Jun 20, 2017 11:56 AM

    dallasfanindc says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:39 AM
    This is absolutely unsatisfactory work by the NFL front office Ezekiel Elliott should sue them they know they have nothing but the power to control the time and that’s a fault of the NFLPA this has done damage to his image in the world and in the media they are toying with the perception of him being a criminal and that is dirty and it looks racist
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    And there it is, the too often used race card.

  7. callmesancho says: Jun 20, 2017 12:06 PM

    It doesn’t help when the “special investigator” for Zeke’s case is a lifelong giants season ticket holder.

  8. sportoficionado says: Jun 20, 2017 12:08 PM

    Meh, sooner or later, whether they like it or not, Zeke will be exonerated and this idiotic investigation will finally put to rest. It is laughable that the Darrelle Revis incident happened almost a year after, was investigated and coincidentally found to be innocent shortly after his court case was thrown out within a month of the incident–oh but I guess Zeke doesn’t play for a team in the NFL’s back yard.

  9. jonwill57 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:23 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:56 AM

    Jun 20, 2017 11:39 AM
    This is absolutely unsatisfactory work by the NFL front office Ezekiel Elliott should sue them they know they have nothing but the power to control the time and that’s a fault of the NFLPA this has done damage to his image in the world and in the media they are toying with the perception of him being a criminal and that is dirty and it looks racist
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    @dallasfanindc says:
    And there it is, the too often used race card.
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    Your statement might hold water if weren’t for the fact the NEW YORK GIANTS and THE NFL took no action against their kicker when they knew he had domestic abuse issues. The NFL security even intervened in his case, but no suspension occurred until it became public. So for everyone who’s sick and tired of the race card being played…tell your folks to stop dealing cards!

  10. jonwill57 says: Jun 20, 2017 12:25 PM

    @ sportoficionado says:
    Jun 20, 2017 12:08 PM
    Meh, sooner or later, whether they like it or not, Zeke will be exonerated and this idiotic investigation will finally put to rest. It is laughable that the Darrelle Revis incident happened almost a year after, was investigated and coincidentally found to be innocent shortly after his court case was thrown out within a month of the incident–oh but I guess Zeke doesn’t play for a team in the NFL’s back yard.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Neither does Revis! He was cut!

  11. veetan says: Jun 20, 2017 12:33 PM

    Add another team to the list that get screwed by Goodell with terrible “investigations”: Pats, Saints, Cowboys

  12. chrisdmv says: Jun 20, 2017 12:55 PM

    There must be more to it thats why this is still being investigated. As a Cowboys fan, I believed him when this first came out but now I dont know because of his behavior lately. Dude dont know how to control himself.

  13. abninf says: Jun 20, 2017 1:03 PM

    nhpats says:

    It is more probable than not that Elliott pulled down a woman’s shirt on camera…..
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    After she was seen on camera motioning toward her chest for him to do so. Then partied with him afterwards.

  14. jonwill57 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:27 PM

    @abninf says:
    Jun 20, 2017 1:03 PM
    nhpats says:
    It is more probable than not that Elliott pulled down a woman’s shirt on camera….. ==================================
    After she was seen on camera motioning toward her chest for him to do so. Then partied with him afterwards.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    So if a woman tells you or motions to you to lift her shirt, you will do it? That’s pretty sad.

  15. metalup666 says: Jun 20, 2017 1:46 PM

    “Add another team to the list that get screwed by Goodell with terrible “investigations”: Pats, Saints, Cowboys”

    The Cowboys and the Redskins were already on that list after being screwed in the whole no salary cap/fined for salary cap violations fiasco!

  16. weeteblog says: Jun 20, 2017 5:25 PM

    redlikethepig says:
    Jun 20, 2017 11:10 AM
    If he gets probation he’ll have to be traded out of Dallas since he won’t be allowed to associate with known felons.

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    Cool story….however, since 2000, Dallas has the 3rd fewest arrests in the NFL with 17….Cincinnati, Denver and Minnesota have 44, 47 and 49 respectively to lead the NFL. Sucks when the numbers dont fit the narrative doesnt it?

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