League office apparently leaks details of looming Ezekiel Elliott suspension

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Two years ago, someone at 345 Park Avenue leaked to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN the notion that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had destroyed his cell phone in connection with the #Deflategate investigation. Within a day of the leak, Brady was suspended four games due in part to the allegation that he’d destroyed his cell phone.

Now, it seems like someone at 345 Park Avenue has leaked to Cris Carter of FS1 the notion that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is about to be suspended, with some eye-opening details.

Via Ryan Glasspiegel of TheBigLead.com, Carter said on FS1’s Undisputed that “in the next 48 hours I would be shocked if Zeke was not suspended.” Carter added that, “based on the information that’s going to come out, it’s going to be fairly easy to determine that something happened to this woman in her four days of being with Zeke.” (The specific allegation is that Elliott committed five acts of domestic violence in a six-day window.)

Carter described the situation as a case of “assault or domestic violence,” and Carter hinted that “when the information comes out there’s going to be some similarities” to Tom Brady’s suspension, including “information that he had been advised possibly to give up, that was destroyed.”

Carter ultimately suggested that Elliott’s banishment will be in the range of Brady’s four-game suspension. If this happens, it will contradict multiple proclamations from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones regarding the absence of any evidence of domestic violence.

That said, there’s no guarantee that Carter’s comments will be borne out by the eventual facts. He was careful to couch his terms in a way that would protect him from @OldTakesExposed, stopping short of reporting anything but merely sharing what he’s hearing. (Then again, Smith used similar tiptoe terms with Brady, prompting a negative reaction from him to our posts on the issue and generating some of our all-time favorite drops from his daily radio show, including “Mike Florio needs to grow the hell up” and “Would you please break a damn story?”)

If what Carter is hearing is accurate, it’s likely not a coincidence that someone from the league office saw fit to prime the pump by leaking startling information about Brady’s case in 2015 and now Elliott’s case to one of the weekday morning #EmbraceDebate shows. Getting inflammatory information into the public domain now makes it less stunning when the league issues its press release.

It’s nevertheless odd that the league office would see fit to hand such sensitive information regarding crime and punishment to a player who once urged rookies to arrange for a fall guy.

103 responses to “League office apparently leaks details of looming Ezekiel Elliott suspension

  1. he needs to be suspended anyway as a wake up call…hes been out of bounds continuously before and after being drafted!

    cowboys fan

  2. Chris Carter. Who in the world would leak anything to that guy? Even if he ends up being 100% correct Carter still comes off as a clown for the way he carries himself in all aspects of his life.

  3. Oh well, there’s mcfadden and morris. Not to mention hillman. Helps zeke get 4 weeks of rest, and come back with fresh legs to play the last 3/4 of the season. Low man at that point is dumped. Simple.

  4. Why is that everything I write there is a note saying your comment is waiting for statement moderation. What is up with that.

  5. so, really, goodell is using the idea he protects the cowboys
    to quell that notion, but also really, to reinforce the idea his
    framejob of brady was actually something true that brady did.

    wow

    brady offered his cell phone and was co-operative.

    fact

    once the nfl started leaking personal things off of brady’s
    new phone, he bought a new one and had an assistant destroy
    the old one because he was creeeped out by sheriff goebbels

    arrest, try and convict goodell

    now!

  6. Ahh, the old lie about the cell phone. If the league’s claims ever survived the light of day they would have no need to leak things to try to craft the media narrative. Billions in lost revenue because of these ankle biters, just think about that.

  7. Greg HArdy and Ray Rice incidents should inform his punishment for the league office. 8 game minimum in my reasoning.

    Cowboys will be starting Alfred Morris for half the year.

  8. Yea they should arrest, try and convict Goodell.
    Especially since he ordered all the tapes of the patriots cheating be destroyed without showing them to the public.

  9. I really like Zeke, so its tough to say this but if they truly have proof of these allegations than they need to come down hard on this kid. Giving him the same suspension Brady got for allegedly knowing about air possibly being taken out of footballs, than that will expose the league for the sham that it is. What happened to the NFL’s hard stance on domestic violence? Again, this only applies if they have proof like this article seems to imply.

  10. I really wish they would stop talking about the Brady suspension as though it’s some kind of precedent in this case. These two incidents are not even remotely in the same stratosphere of wrongdoing.

  11. spillertime21 says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    Yea they should arrest, try and convict Goodell.
    Especially since he ordered all the tapes of the patriots cheating be destroyed without showing them to the public.

    _________________

    Really? This FALSE narrative is OLD. They were shown on national TV!!

  12. How do law enforcement officials clear someone, but the NFL takes it upon itself to investigate further and suspend a player?

    I hate the Cowboys as much as anyone, but this seems like clear double jeopardy to me.

  13. Lisa Friel is in NFL chief investigator.
    Lisa Friel is a HUGE Giants fan.
    Why would anyone think there wouldn’t be a suspension?

    Mara family really pulls the NFL’s strings.

  14. First off. Cris Carter is an idiot. I don’t know why anyone listens to this guy.

    With that being said, good, I hope he does get suspended. Dude has all the talent in the world to become the best running back in the league with arguably the best line blocking for him. Maybe this will be the wake up call needed. It’d be a shame to see all that talent go to waste.

    Signed,
    A Cowboys fan.

  15. 1. “when the information comes out there’s going to be some similarities” to Tom Brady’s suspension

    2. digglerthegoat says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    WHO EVER GAVE THE RIGHT FOR THE NFL TO DEMAND ACCESS TO A PLAYERS PHONE OR COMPUTERS?
    IS THAT EVEN COVERED IN THE CBA?

    3.patriotway says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    I really wish they would stop talking about the Brady suspension as though it’s some kind of precedent in this case.

    Told you so, told you so, told you told you told you so.

  16. 1. Cris Carter is not exactly what I’d call a journalist.

    2. That said, if this really is the accusation made by the League, a better question has to be: why isn’t he being prosecuted? And if it’s because she isn’t cooperating, how can we as a society find a way to make sure women stop taking this kind of crap?

  17. Somebody was listening to Jones at the Hall of Fame game and didn’t like his cover-up of his player

  18. If what Carter is hearing is accurate, it’s likely not a coincidence that someone from the league office saw fit to prime the pump by leaking startling information about Brady’s case in 2015

    I’m sorry, you used the word startling instead of the more accurate word, FALSE. It was, is and will always be a lie and Mort the Coward needed to come clean about his source.

  19. Why is it the league office can never handle anything high profile on the up and up?
    It’s indicative of the (ahem) ‘leadership’ there. They haven’t just failed to learn from their past mistakes, they embrace repeating them.

  20. Sounds like another framejob by Goodell and his cronies. Brady’s phone had already been examined by Wells and he was told Wells no longer had any need for it before it was destroyed. The league then twisted that into something the pea brains of the world would believe was blocking the investigation.

    Seems likely this is nothing but more lies from the league office about Elliott.

  21. If he didn’t cooperate in every way. If he refused to give or destroyed or hid a piece of evidence, the league will nail him. They don’t care if you hit women; they care if you respect their authoritay.

  22. “Especially since he ordered all the tapes of the patriots cheating be destroyed without showing them to the public.”

    Actually the tapes were shown at a press conference and all they showed was pointing at the other sideline, then to the clock, then to the field for the play. There was nothing on them that isn’t gathered by every team in the league about every other team in the league.

  23. spillertime21 says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    Yea they should arrest, try and convict Goodell.
    Especially since he ordered all the tapes of the patriots cheating be destroyed without showing them to the public.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    You must not have been around for Spygate…The tapes in question were played while Goodell told the public what was going on…FACT: Jay Glazer of Fox Sports has a copy and has shown it MANY times!

  24. Quick reaction like how did Lucky Whitehead turn out? He was exonerated. An accusation needs and should be proven before suspension. Ultimately, Brady shouldn’t have been suspended, but each case is different. Was Elliott convicted or even charged? No. Was he inappropriate by flashing a boob? Yes. Goodell can suspend anyone regardless of guilt. It seems if Rothlisberger was suspended then Elliott will be as well.

  25. Why is beating a woman the same suspension length as deflating a football?!?!
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Correction: why is beating a woman the same suspension length as a football being naturally deflated due to weather conditions? That is the more accurate question since every scientist not paid by the NFL has claimed the drop in air pressure is exactly what would be expected in those conditions. Oh yea, and 75% of the Colts balls were also under-inflated.

  26. Fact: SOME of the tapes were released to the public. Jay Glaser has SOME of the tapes and he shows them at parties.
    Goodell had ALL the tapes destroyed. Fact.

  27. This is BOGUS to make more social media judgement and storm to test the suspension waters it’s been a year and you saying the Ohio Police investigation missed This? Or was it not true like the witnesses said who were her own friends she was lying and the text trail proves she was setting him up

  28. mcjon22 says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    How do law enforcement officials clear someone, but the NFL takes it upon itself to investigate further and suspend a player?

    I hate the Cowboys as much as anyone, but this seems like clear double jeopardy to me.

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    The NFL can discipline how ever it sees fit, so long as it is in compliance with the CBA. They are a private organization, so double jeopardy is a legal term that does not apply here. They can and will suspend a player for “conduct detrimental to the league” even if there isn’t a legal conviction. They did it for Roethlisberger. They even did it for Brady and what he was accused of doing was just a rule violation, not a criminal offense.

    Br

  29. tronkoopmn says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    Why is beating a woman the same suspension length as deflating a football?!?!

    DV is supposed to be 6 games but then the Giants kicker only got 1 so we’ll just have to wait and see what Rogers wheel o’ justice lands on this time

  30. Before the 2016 draft, I evaluated EE as a prospect (I ain’t no expert, but it’s not rocket science either), and thought about how he’d fit with the Lions (my team). Basically, I saw him as being above average in every category, but that’s about it. He wasn’t off the charts in any way, therefore, being selected 4th overall was a reach.

    Now some will say that his rookie season proves me wrong. Wrong. I’d say the same thing about Emmitt Smith (I used to be a Cowboys fan, so no bias here, and yes, Barry was better). Maybe both of them were ranked very high in toughness, and Smith became a great blocker and a good receiver, but neither is or was that dynamic of a runner; they both simply had the best line in the league, as well as a good passing game to take pressure off them.

    With that said, JJ should have taken Bosa, just like everyone said he should, and then taken Derrick Henry in the second round, and the Cowboys would have been so much better off, not having to deal with nutjob zeke.

  31. I must confess I haven’t followed this story to a degree where I have any idea of his guilt or innocence. I would prefer domestic violence cases worked through the courts and THEN the NFL can dole out its own discipline.

    What I am sure of is that I am sick to damn death of the flat football caper. It’s over, done with, and the Patriots won the Super Bowl anyway. STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. The fact that Ray Rice never played football again is the biggest farce in the history of punishments in professional sports.
    =====

    It was a statement.

    NFL players aren’t going to be allowed to batter women.

  33. Let’s see if domestic violence is treated as harshly as playing a game in 48 degree weather with footballs with exactly the air pressure that they ought have, when it is 48 degrees outside.

    Doing nothing, we learned, gets you 4 games off, because the ignorant King Goodell and his more ignorant lackies say so.

    Doing something bad gets you what, exactly? Does it depend on the identity of the team, the player, the owner, or does it depend on what you did or did not do?

    Inquiring minds want to know…

  34. All those Cowboys fans cheering on the Randy suspension aren’t cheering now. Told ya. Maybe Goodell can hear the appeal of his own ruling and affirm the brilliance of it once again.

  35. NFL probably just waited until after HOF ceremonies so Jerry could enjoy his weekend and not be inundated with question about EE. The NFL offices still seem to be made up of small minded people with agendas.

  36. spillertime210-dude, you are kinda clueless? The post is about Elliot and you are frothing at the mouth about spy gate nonsense. I know you are a Bills fan and that must suck, but time to move on.

  37. that ugly dude has the largest cranium I have ever seen..too bad there isn’t much brain in there.

  38. I dont care if you think Elliott is guilty or not. One thing we can all agree on, is the NFL front office has totally bungled yet another investigation. It is truly astounding the level of incompetence and gross negligence. It really is. In fact, can anyone name ONE of these where they “got it right”? I can’t.

  39. Funny how Chris Collinsworth failed to mention any of this with the thousands of words that came out of his mouth during the hall of fame game. Suspend this low life already! People who commit domestic violence are habitual repeat offenders so most likely he gets caught again and will be out of the league pronto.

  40. ummm isn’t domestic violence/battering a woman a mandatory 6 game suspension per the NFL revised domestic violence policy following the Ray Rice/Greg Hardy situations?

    If the NFL believes he beat this woman, he needs to be suspended 6 games at least.

  41. If he’s guilty he needs to be punished. If he’s not guilty, it won’t matter as Commissioner Mara would never pass on an opportunity to suspend a Cowboy.

  42. patriotway says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    I really wish they would stop talking about the Brady suspension as though it’s some kind of precedent in this case. These two incidents are not even remotely in the same stratosphere of wrongdoing.

    ———————

    You’re right. Elliott was accused of doing something in his personal life.

    Brady, whether you think he was guilty or not, was accused of something much worse: threatening the integrity of the game.

  43. Says even more about the on-going corruption of Goodell’s office and its incestuous relationship with ESPN stoolies than it does about the lack of discipline in Jones’ organization.

  44. Josh Brown showed a pattern of physical and mental abuse towards his wife, in front of his kids, and only got one game so we can assume that’s now the standard, right Rodger?

  45. What I don’t understand is how all of the ‘so far provided’ evidence indicates that the women had an agenda. Even her friends confirm this. What I get so far is that Elliot has been behaving badly for a spell and this has upset the powers that be so that they want to send a message, regardless of what the facts of this particular case prove. The fact that the real authorities did NOTHING says all that needs to be said. You might not like Elliot, that has nothing to do with anything. I am a Patriots fan and have no opinion one way or the other except that I don’t like manufactured justice created to deal with something that isn’t the alleged crime itself. Unlike too many people here, I actually don’t know what the whole truth is but… what I have seen between the lines tells me that Elliot got himself caught in a situation that someone designed for the purpose of celebrity or money. There is a considerable population of individuals out there at the moment who are looking for any chance to ‘get paid’ one way or another.

  46. I’m a Giants fan, and I think an Ezekiel Elliot suspension would be ridiculous. I’m curious to see what the facts are that Godell would use to warrant a suspension. I understand that the NFL is its own entity and can dole out suspensions as long as it abides by the CBA, but the fact is that the evidence found was not strong enough to bring charges against him. Roger has waaaaayy too much power and he is hurting the game. Let the criminal courts decide ones fate, then hand out any suspension once it has concluded. I hope E.E. is on the field Week 1.

  47. Dallas fans keep bringing up Mara as if the Giants are scared of Elliott. Couldn’t beat the Giants WITH him, who cares about him other than getting his just desserts for a years-long pattern of behavior. They better hope the stuff he did at Ohio State that got covered up never comes to light.

  48. Zeke getting suspended ?

    Based on the ‘high water mark’ of Vontaze Burfict getting sat three games for misconduct on the field, Zeke ought to be sat for at least six games.

    Burfict put a cheap shot on Maxx Williams, twisted Greg Olssens’ ankle, and hit AB in the head with his shoulder = 3 game suspension. Burfict has had an absolutely clean off-field record.

    Domestic violence ought to be at least double this suspension.

    Eight game suspension for Elliott IMO.

  49. Competitive advantage to week 1 through 4 foes over other NFC teams.

    Competitive advantage to Cowboys when Zeke has fresh legs for the playoffs.

  50. Mara’s and giants fans pulling the strings once again I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a 10 game suspension cowboys are favoured to win the NFC this year no way the Mara’s and goodell allow that to happen as evidenced in the packer game in the playoffs last year those refs in that game we’re actually patting Rogers on the back worst officiating working over I’ve ever seen

  51. aarons444 says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    It was a statement.

    NFL players aren’t going to be allowed to batter women.
    ———————-

    No, it wasn’t a statement. The Ravens and the league tried everything in their power to cover the whole thing up. Then Roger went and gave him a ridiculously short suspension. The resulting kerfuffle made it impossible for Rice to ever get signed by another team.

    Oh, and Josh Brown thoroughly disproves your statement, since the Giants knew he beat his wife prior to them resigning them.

  52. aarons444 says:

    August 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    The fact that Ray Rice never played football again is the biggest farce in the history of punishments in professional sports.
    =====

    It was a statement.

    NFL players aren’t going to be allowed to batter women.
    —————————————————————
    Actually it was a statement that NFL running backs who averaged 3.1 yards per carry the previous season aren’t going to be allowed to batter women.

  53. realityonetwo says:
    August 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Brady, whether you think he was guilty or not, was accused of something much worse: threatening the integrity of the game.
    ————————-

    The only people that are threatening the integrity of the game are a few miserable owners, and their spineless lackey, Roger Goodell.

  54. And what exactly do they have that police didn’t? I’m anxiously awaiting this groundbreaking evidence cause I’d be willing to bet it’s nothing but a buncha “she said” from an interview with NFL investigators

  55. So if you beat a woman multiple times you get the same suspension (less the team fines and lost draft picks) as someone who had general awareness that 1psi had been let out of a ball??

  56. Boycott the NFL. Were watching professional wrestling. Fixed games, arbitrary decisions by a Dictator, Black balled players like Kap, and the new Concussion Study showing anyone playing football with be dead or permanently brain damaged by age 50

  57. cboys4life2014 says:
    August 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm
    And what exactly do they have that police didn’t? I’m anxiously awaiting this groundbreaking evidence cause I’d be willing to bet it’s nothing but a buncha “she said” from an interview with NFL investigators

    ———————
    They are following that pattern of first having ‘leaks’ to hijack public perception. Then they will spin their narrative. It will be obvious what nonsense the NFL is up to with their tricks but Cowboy haters will still pile all over it.

  58. tb12bestqbevah says:
    August 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    So if you beat a woman multiple times you get the same suspension (less the team fines and lost draft picks) as someone who had general awareness that 1psi had been let out of a ball??

    —————

    Its hard not to think that neither thing ever actually happened.

  59. tb12bestqbevah says:
    August 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    So if you beat a woman multiple times you get the same suspension (less the team fines and lost draft picks) as someone who had general awareness that 1psi had been let out of a ball??
    ———————–

    That’s what you get with Goodell’s Olde Tyme Industrial Justice. Now in a convenient 55-gallon barrel.

  60. No, it wasn’t a statement. The Ravens and the league tried everything in their power to cover the whole thing up.
    =====

    Of COURSE the Ravens tried to bury it.

    No team would want to take that kind of PR hit!

    And if you think the other 31 teams wouldn’t have done the same thing, you’re out of your mind.

  61. The only people that are threatening the integrity of the game are a few miserable owners
    =====

    Agreed.

    Its deplorable that Kraft employs dishonorable men the way he does.

  62. Last time they tried to hobble a team by taking a star player away for a few games how did that turn out?

  63. “The specific allegation is that Elliott committed five acts of domestic violence in a six-day window” At least he didnt peacefully protest on the side lines, or wear john 316 under his eyebrows. That would have been too much of a distraction.

  64. tb12bestqbevah says:
    August 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    So if you beat a woman multiple times you get the same suspension (less the team fines and lost draft picks) as someone who had general awareness that 1psi had been let out of a ball??

    ******************************************************************
    Unless you are a kicker and play for a team owned by John Mara, who tells the commissioner who to punish. Remember, Josh Brown as an admitted abuser of his wife and had done so on at least 8 occasions. He only got 1 game!!!!! Let that sink in…..a player abused is wife at least 8 times, was arrested and the league gave him a 1 game suspension. Yet, Zeke was never arrested, never charged, the police found NO credible evidence, yet here we are talking about giving him 1 game????

    The punishment this league hands out is baffling…..Josh Brown, beats his wife on multiple occasions and is arrested….gets 1 game. Tom Brady, may or may not have ordered air let out of a few footballs…..4 games. Zeke Elliott is accused, but never arrested or charged with any assault…..possible 4 games?

    This league cant even tell the fans what a catch is……yet they are now in the criminal investigation business!

  65. Some NFL Security Personnel;

    Jeffery Miller, former Chief of Pennsylvania State Police
    Lenny Bandy, former Lieutenant Colonel, Pennsylvania Police
    John Raucci, former FBI representitive for the U.S. Embassy in London during the 2012 Olympics
    Raymond DiNunzio, former FBI Section Chief – Counterterrorism Unit, later Special Inspector General in Afghanistan

    If you think the NFL doesn’t have “evidence” to suspend Elliott, or any other player, you’re nuts.

  66. aarons444 says:
    August 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    Some NFL Security Personnel;

    Jeffery Miller, former Chief of Pennsylvania State Police
    Lenny Bandy, former Lieutenant Colonel, Pennsylvania Police
    John Raucci, former FBI representitive for the U.S. Embassy in London during the 2012 Olympics
    Raymond DiNunzio, former FBI Section Chief – Counterterrorism Unit, later Special Inspector General in Afghanistan

    If you think the NFL doesn’t have “evidence” to suspend Elliott, or any other player, you’re nuts.
    ==============================
    It does little to change the fact the NFL is acting above the court of the land. Quite simply, if there was significant evidence it would be able to stand in court. The fact the NFL keeps touting so called “evidence” only lends credence to the kangaroo nature of how they conduct their “trials”.

  67. We need an NFL commissioner in every town! They seem to have amazing powers of investigation that allow them to find evidence that no law enforcement, scientific analysts or anyone else can come up with. It’s uncanny.

  68. realityonetwo says:
    August 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Brady, whether you think he was guilty or not, was accused of something much worse: threatening the integrity of the game.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————-

    Here are a few things that contradict that theory:

    • Scientists from universities all over the USA sent a document to the court indicating that the weather explained the football deflation.

    • There are videos available online where you can watch footballs deflate from cold temperature. Even without getting the footballs wet. One video can be found by searching on the popular online video site for: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    • Roger Goodell is still demonstrating the direct opposite of integrity by hiding the PSI information which was collected during the 2015 NFL season. Hiding that PSI report is also goes against the “transparency: that Roger Goodell pledged in 2014.

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