Clock is ticking on Ezekiel Elliott decision

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When Cris Carter declared Monday that he’d be shocked if an Ezekiel Elliott suspension weren’t announced within 48 hours, I agreed. When Commissioner Roger Goodell threw water on the claim at a Giants fan forum on Monday (when will he be speaking at that Patriots fan forum?), I reconsidered.

Not because Carter was wrong, but because it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the league alter its planned implementation of the decision based on the fact that someone leaked to Carter that it was coming.

In order to assess the ultimate accuracy of Carter’s “I’m not reporting, I’m just reporting” claims, the real questions will be: (1) whether Elliott is suspended; (2) whether the evidence demonstrates that he committed domestic violence; and (3) whether the evidence shows that Elliott destroyed or disposed of evidence. Those three points are far more important than the timing of when the suspension comes, and if those three things don’t come to fruition it will mean either that Carter was flat wrong, or that the leak was a trial balloon that went down faster than a model airplane in a hurricane.

22 responses to “Clock is ticking on Ezekiel Elliott decision

  1. I said it before and I will say it again just because he didn’t go to trial doesn’t mean that nothing happened. Get real people something happened.

  2. Does the league usually make this evidence available, if it’s not already public though?

    My understanding is last year when they botched that Josh Brown ordeal is that they reduced the mandatory 6-game sentence to 2 games based on mitigating factors that were never (to this day, even) made public.

    I would guess if the league has evidence that exceeds what we’ve already seen publicly that implicates Elliott even more, they’re probably not going to share that. Why would they?

  3. I have long argued with Pats fans that Brady deserved his suspension bc of destroying his phone, and as such impeded the investigation. Pats fans didnt want to listen to that and largely disagreed with me.

    If Zeke destroyed his phone (or similarly impeded the investigation by the NFL) then the league absolutely should suspend him. Even if he didn’t actually assault her. This is coming from a Dallas fan.

    That being said, the league has screwed this up so badly but taking so long, no matter what they do it will be the wrong decision.

  4. jade429 says:
    August 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm
    I said it before and I will say it again just because he didn’t go to trial doesn’t mean that nothing happened. Get real people something happened.
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    Based on… what? Who’s your source? Do you know the girl? Do you know police involved? Do you know Elliott?

    No?

    Then keep quiet. No one knows, in either direction, what happened in the situation. You claiming to know in your heart something happened with absolutely no knowledge more than the rest of us says alot about you.

  5. Well, since Cris Carter said it…..I am still shocked at the amount of parroting that goes on every post about Elliott/Cowboys. It’s kinda sad no one even realizes how they are baited into these things, what is behind the baiting and how easily duped they all are. Each and every single time. The bell rings and they start salivating like Pavlov’s dog (look it up). I dont know what happened, none of us do, especially Cris Carter–but if he did something to physically hurt that woman, I hope he gets punished. If he didn’t I certainly hope he does not, as a lifelong Cowboys fan. Now, we all know that there is no such thing ever as two young people who lose control of their emotions and put their hands on each other–that never happens. Either the guy is serial woman beater, or she is a nasty gold digger, that is all. No other options here.

  6. A woman scorned with both physical evidence and witnesses of her attempt to have her friends lie for her. I think if anything happened what so ever then he would have been charged. In today’s climate the police typically arrest first and ask questions later. She has destroyed her own integrity from the get go so unless there is a “smokin’ gun” nothing should happen. At this point the NFL is trying to find a way to minimize how stupid they look for dragging this on for as long as they have with no reason. Goodell has distanced himself from this investigation because when they reveal the results his job could be on the line. Jones and Kraft are fed up with Goodell and his mistakes.

  7. jade429 says:
    August 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm
    I said it before and I will say it again just because he didn’t go to trial doesn’t mean that nothing happened. Get real people something happened.
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    I said it before and I will say it again, just because you want something to be true, doesnt mean that is. Thank GOD I live and work in the REAL world where there has to actually be proof that I did something wrong and not just a claim by someone who said she would ruin my career right before she asked her best friend to lie to the police for her.

  8. Grulks says:
    August 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    I have long argued with Pats fans that Brady deserved his suspension bc of destroying his phone, and as such impeded the investigation. Pats fans didnt want to listen to that and largely disagreed with me.

    If Zeke destroyed his phone (or similarly impeded the investigation by the NFL) then the league absolutely should suspend him. Even if he didn’t actually assault her. This is coming from a Dallas fan.

    That being said, the league has screwed this up so badly but taking so long, no matter what they do it will be the wrong decision.
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    I am by no means a Patriots fan…..but I find this an odd stance for anyone to take. What right does any employer have to the contents of your phone? If its your private phone and you pay the bill, should your employer have access to your texts? Your pictures? Your phone log?

    If your wife/girlfriend accused you of a crime, would you consent to your employer going through your phone to determine if they needed to suspend you or even fire you? Just because these guys play football, doesnt meant they give up their rights. The police need a search warrant to gain access to that information. Brady, nor Zeke should have been required nor punished for refusing to turn it over.

    Based on the Josh Brown and the Giants situation last year, I dont see how you suspend him at all! Brown admitted to abusing his wife, had done so on 8 other occasions….the league slapped him with 6 games and reduced it to 1 game. But then again, John Mara runs the league.

    You might want to rethink your position on this….if youre ok with the NFL going through a players phone, then you should be perfectly ok with letting your employer go through yours any time they ask.

  9. Sorry Grulks but you are incorrect about Tom’s phone, the phone that Wells had already seen & said he didn’t need any longer. Under the CB the NFL was not entitled to it. If they didn’t need Favre’s phone when he sent pictures of his privates on it why would they demand anyone’s phone? Seriously?
    Roger that!

  10. This is all Mara’s doing here folks Zeke is innocent yet there will be a 10 game suspension mark my words

  11. The overriding issue here is credibility. You have to look at the credibility of everyone involved. If at any time during the investigation you determine someone has lied, their credibility is out the window, never to be seen again. What we do not for a fact is the accuser lied to the police. We know she asked her friend to lie to the police and tell them she saw Zeke beat her. The friend refused to lie and swore these facts in an affidavit. So, if I have to throw out part of your story because its a lie…..what do I do with the rest of your claim?

  12. Didn’t Carter say that there were 5 domestic incidents in a six day period? If so, he deserves to be suspended for the year. We never heard from Ray Rice again after the elevator incident. No team would touch him. No excuse for hitting a woman. I don’t care who he plays for.

  13. cosmicredneck81 says:
    August 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    This is all Mara’s doing here folks Zeke is innocent yet there will be a 10 game suspension mark my words.
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    I agree that Mara is all over this and wants Zeke suspended, only problem is the league set precedent when they reduced his own kickers suspension from 6 games down 1 last year….keep in mind, Josh Brown was arrested and admitted to it and had a history of it. If thats the bar that a Giants player only gets 1 game for being a serial abuser. Dont see how you suspend Zeke when due to the accusers own lies, nodbody can say for sure what happened. Not even the cops.

  14. If he did assault this woman 5 times in 6 days, then he deserves to be out of the NFL until he gets some treatment and has shown that he understands the seriousness of it. It is disturbing when we are so quick to not believe women who are victims of domestic violence. The amount of people who lie is low, as well as victims who just want money for it.

  15. Grulks says:
    August 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    I have long argued with Pats fans that Brady deserved his suspension bc of destroying his phone, and as such impeded the investigation. Pats fans didnt want to listen to that and largely disagreed with me.
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    Maybe you should have listened to them instead because they were right. I am the opposite of a Pats fan but even I couldn’t disagree with you more. Brett Favre never handed over his phone and he was under the microscope for sexting a team employee. He was fined $50k because he was “not candid in several respects during the investigation resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention for Favre, Sterger and the NFL” That’s it, $50k for lying, nothing for not turning over the PHONE THAT SENT THE PICTURES. And do you know why? Because the league isn’t entitled to a player’s phone so they could not punish him for it. The Wells report on the other hand said Brady was totally cooperative and Brady suspension was based on that report. The phone did not matter until the arbitration hearing when the league found out it was destroyed. Then, thanks to the optics, it was all that mattered. Try to summon some intelligence and objectivity. There is documented proof in his own arbitration finding that Goodell lied about Brady’s testimony. No player should ever trust this league office an neither should you.

    No one wants to see the Patriots defeated more than a diehard Phins fan. I just want it to be done legitimately and on the field.

  16. Zeke Elliot has spent his entire adult life getting in trouble then being bailed out by coaches because of his talent. He was drafted 4th overall but some teams had him off their draft board and others weren’t going to risk a 1st The police need evidence that can lead to a conviction but the NFL doesn’t. If he gets off again it will only embolden him further so if I was a Cowboy fan I would be careful what I wish for.

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