Ezekiel Elliott suspension expected

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It may come Friday, it could be bumped into next week. Regardless of the timing, the prevailing view in league circles is that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended under the Personal Conduct Policy.

One league source characterized an Elliott suspension as “definite.” The specific duration of the suspension isn’t known, however.

The Cowboys open the regular season with games against the Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, and Packers.

Earlier this week, Cris Carter said on FS1 that a suspension is coming, and that the suspension will be accompanied by evidence of domestic violence, and possibly by proof that Elliott destroyed evidence in connection with the investigation. Carter suggested that the punishment will be in the range of the four-game suspension imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2015.

Elliott is accused of five incidents of domestic violence over a six-day period in July 2016. Last Thursday night, appearing in the NBC booth during the Hall of Fame game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that a suspension could be imposed for unspecified incidents other than the domestic violence claim.

In March, Elliott was videotaped pulling a woman’s top down at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. More recently, he allegedly broke a DJ’s nose at a club in Dallas.

Jones consistently has claimed that he has seen no evidence of domestic violence. Two weeks ago, he described a decision on Elliott’s status as “imminent.”

Friday traditionally represents a day on which organizations dump bad news into the public eye, believing that it will get less attention during the weekend than early in a work week. That theory may not apply as strongly during the first full weekend of the NFL preseason, given that games will be broadcast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — including a nationally-televised rematch of last year’s memorable (for a preseason game) Cowboys-Rams game at the L.A. Coliseum on Saturday night.

With a growing expectation that a decision is coming Friday, the league easily could decide to hold the announcement until early next week. Either way, at this point the only lingering mystery is the number of games Elliott will miss, and whether his inevitable internal appeal will have a chance of prevailing.

There’s also a possibility that Elliott will challenge the suspension in court, seeking a temporary injunction that would block the suspension until the litigation is resolved. While such lawsuits rarely succeed, Elliott could be able to cobble together enough of a case to persuade a judge to let him play while the court system considers the merits of his claims.

48 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott suspension expected

  1. Why would he waste his time challenging it in court after Brady’s ruling was upheld via the ultimate power that Goodell has with Article 46? It pretty much guarantees that the commissioner has the right to rule as judge, jury and executioner, even if there’s a lack of sufficient evidence and charges.

    If the players and union want a change, they’ll have to bargain for it in the next CBA.

  2. “AGPennypacker says:
    August 10, 2017 at 11:35 pm
    Maybe it will sink into his head but I doubt it, Dallas doesn’t seem to discipline their players at all”

    Well…only Lucky Whitehead, who was actually not guilty of anything….except not being good enough to get away with anything.

  3. If he is guilty of the conduct he must pay. This seems to be very unusual. It seems as if the NFL must have had difficulty establishing the true facts.or the accuracy of witnesses statements. What is troubling is the established fact the the alleged victim of the
    domestic violence was caught urging another witness to lie. This inevitably taints any allegations from such a person.
    In addiction the length of the investigation also lends to witness inaccuracy. Any lawyer would challenge a witnesses
    version of facts that is offered after an unusual length of time from the date of occurrence.
    One fact is obvious the length of the investigation is a result of the NFL and Goodell’s failure on past cases. Goodell
    was criticized by former Commisner Taglibue on the New Orleans Saints case. In the Ray Rice case Goodell was
    embarrassed by his handling of the interview of Rice when he claimed that Ray Rice gave a ” starkly different version ”
    of the facts of the case. When a video showed Rice and his fiancée entering a elevator and later depicted Rice dragging
    an unconscious fiancée out of the elevator. Goodell claimed despite an Attorneys notes that the question of what occurred
    in the elevator was never discussed ….as if it needed to be.
    The Brady case is also indicative of the lack of consistent procedures in all NFL investigations. Despite all the above I hope that the NFL finally gets it right. Even though the length of the investigation tends to indicate the NFL has screwed up again. ..the truth
    and accuracy is the ultimate goal.

  4. I guess McFadden or Morris carries the load a month. I’m not drafting Elliott #1 but maybe spots 7-12?

  5. Article 46 as stated allows the clown to serve as all 3 branches. Judge, jury, executioner. And its every teams fault EXCEPT.. The pittsburgh steelers :).

  6. “law enforcement in two cities declined to press charges against the 22-year-old Cowboys star after looking into separate assault complaints made by the same 21-year-old Ohio woman.” ……….”Elliott denied the claims, and told police the accuser had been in a barfight with another woman that night. Police found no witnesses of Elliott’s alleged assaults. Three people, including a security manager at a bar, told police they saw Elliott’s accuser fight another woman that evening, not Elliott. Four people told police they heard the woman yell at Elliott she was going to “call the cops to ruin his career.” And one woman — whom Elliott’s accuser had identified as a witness — told police she didn’t witness any assault, but Elliott’s accuser had asked her to lie and say she had.”………..”Police responded to a call the night of Feb. 12, 2016. The accuser alleged Ezekiel pushed her against the wall, causing “left shoulder pain.” Elliott denied the accusation. Officers saw no visible signs of an injury. The woman declined an offer by emergency medical responders to take her to the hospital. The incident did not result in a criminal charge.”……… This is some straight up extortion BS by a hood rat. PERIOD.

  7. the cowboys should just get him a detail ala dez. it worked for dez and obviously he needs to mature up as well. if the cowboys wait around and don’t protect their investment in zeke then the next suspension would be even more stiff and very costly.

  8. This idiot is out of control and anything short of a strong suspension will empower him even more.

  9. Can we please allow the legal system to decide guilt? The NFL has no business handing out “punishment” when the authorities charged with that responsibility find no reason to do so.

    And please, spare us the comments of “follow the employer’s rules”. There is not a single commenter who would agree with being suspended from their profession for being merely accused of a crime where no charges were filed.

  10. “This idiot is out of control and anything short of a strong suspension will empower him even more.

    Excellent long distance evaluation of Elliott’s intelligence and mental state. Your analytical powers are uncanny.

    Of course, if Elliott followed your comments here he could just as easily deduce the same about you.

  11. This is how it’ll likely go – Roger will initially say 6 games to sound tough, Zeke appeals so Jerrah gets him for the first 4 difficult games, then Zeke drops his active-appeal to continue appeal process while “voluntarily” accepting suspension in wk5, and maybe checking in to a behvior program of some sort, as a result of which Roger reduces suspension for “cooperating with the league” to 4 games and then in the appeal itself drops it to 2 games because Zeke “has shown to me that he has learnt his lesson” – but that’s only if Zeke can keep his nose clean until then, and next year’s suspension will be longer.

  12. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 6:19 am
    Can we please allow the legal system to decide guilt?
    ——————————-
    Says one of the “fans” who poured their hate-salt against Brady, claiming he’d committed the crime of the century, despite the NFL admitting to Judge Berman that they had no evidence, so Berman clears Brady. The 2nd court didn’t rule on Brady’s possible guilt (because they had no evidence, see 1st court) but merely decided on the Commissioner’s powers to suspend at will under the CBA. So when did you change your tune?

  13. cardinalsfan20 says

    “And please, spare us the comments of “follow the employer’s rules”. There is not a single commenter who would agree with being suspended from their profession for being merely accused of a crime where no charges were filed.”

    This started a long time ago. Ben Roethlisberger was never charged or arrested. Yet he was suspended. No fans were saying that it was wrong then,so please fans, let’s not get to the “Golden Boy Brady” and others long after and suddenly start whining that it is wrong. Hypocrites among us!!!

  14. Show me the evidence, please! If there is some, that a plethora of law enforcement officials could not find, then absolutely suspend him. Otherwise, give it a rest!!! His BFF, Dak, needs to step up and be an advisor/leader for him….and I would not bet a nickel on whether Jason Garrett has even talked to Zeke, yet or not! He was too busy cutting Lucky, who did not commit a crime & would have been released anyway, just to try and save face for his “type of character” players…smh

  15. The NFLPA should negotiate terms that hold the NFL accountable for leaks regarding player investigations and suspensions before any actual decision or punishment occurs. It’s a slap to the face of the players that they let so much information out before Rog makes his ruling. I’m a Cowboys fan and feel that if there is credible evidence then Zeke should serve what I thought was the DV minimum of 6 games.

  16. @streetyson – Honestly, you must be confusing me with someone else. Deflategate was a farce from the very beginning. That was my position from the start of the affair, because I recall 5th grade science.

    I understand your frustration, but you’re taking it out on the wrong guy.

  17. 64impalass says:
    August 11, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Article 46 as stated allows the clown to serve as all 3 branches. Judge, jury, executioner. And its every teams fault EXCEPT.. The pittsburgh steelers :).

    I guess you forgot about the time that Goodell suspended the Steelers Quarterback based on accusations. Not charges. Not convictions. Not video tape….but accusations.

  18. streetyson says:
    August 11, 2017 at 6:38 am
    cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 6:19 am
    Can we please allow the legal system to decide guilt?
    ——————————-
    Says one of the “fans” who poured their hate-salt against Brady, claiming he’d committed the crime of the century, despite the NFL admitting to Judge Berman that they had no evidence, so Berman clears Brady. The 2nd court didn’t rule on Brady’s possible guilt (because they had no evidence, see 1st court) but merely decided on the Commissioner’s powers to suspend at will under the CBA. So when did you change your tune?
    —————————

    ummmm.. totally different instances. One is saying he is a women beater, nothing to do with the game, when the legal system has said he is not. The other, Brady, had nothing to do with the law. And as far as any evidence you are speaking of the judge actually said there is overwhelming evidence that says Brady knew balls were being tampered with. That was not the point of the case. The case was about the CBA and due process. Brady could have straight up let the air out on the field, and all the legal system would have cared about is due process.

  19. Abusing women.
    Sexually assaulting women

    What else? Where there’s smokle there fire. This little “entitled boy” is a ticking time bomb.
    AT LEast 4 games.
    Wonder what the statute of limitations is on sexual assault? That woman who he accosted at that parade is going to file suit.
    Whats his defense gonna be? “Don’t yo know who I am?”

    Complete and utter DB

  20. Even though the media likes to blow stuff out of proportion and hound people day in and day out until they get a story, and although the woman is proven to have lied multiple times and even on record asking a friend to lie (causing the DA to promptly drop charges), I don’t like Elliott or the Cowboys, and therefore I support a suspension.

  21. Brady got 4 games for nonviolent act!! Anyone this clueless deserves at least 10 game suspension.

  22. so let me get this straight – according to this report Tom Brady was suspended for destroying evidence and got a 4 game suspension, Elliot destroyed evidence AND beat a woman and he gets a 4 game suspension.

    hmm, The league really doesn’t care about domestic abuse much, does it?

  23. “I guess you forgot about the time that Goodell suspended the Steelers Quarterback based on accusations. Not charges. Not convictions. Not video tape….but accusations.”

    Not starting an argument, not saying anything happened, but wasn’t there some sort of video that showed the alleged victim go into the rest room with Ben? I know there isn’t any video of the alleged crime, but wasn’t the said video what Goodell based his decision on? I could be completely wrong here, I just thought there was something like that. Again, not saying i agree with the decision that was ultimately handed down, just thought I remembered something like that. But, as I get older, I find my memory slipping…

  24. Nothing but a Witch hunt, this will be the beginning of the end of Roger, anything more then 1 or 2 games, JJ will go to war

  25. I know people want to judge Zeke Harshly here, but let’s have some civility.

    Yes, he’s been involved in several incidents, but lets not forget he did stand for the National Anthem EVERY GAME last year. He can’t be THAT bad of a person

  26. Let’s not go too crazy. Sure he has a number of questionable incidents, but remember, he did stand for the national anthem all 16 games. Got to count for something.

  27. wow. i really do dislike both Urban and OSU, and most of their players but this seems a little ridiculous.

    On accusations?

    i guess (judging by the majority of comments here) is the world you all would prefer to live in. i find it mildly nauseating that a first-time suspension (lacking any legitimate evidence) would even be for 2-3 games.

    with that being said if the CEO of my company saw me on TV pulling down a woman’s top – im not sure what form of punishment i would receive but i might lose my job.

    i think this is a way too heavy handed and i think and only increases my dislike for both goodell and the owners.

    boo.

  28. John Henry’s Hammer says:
    August 11, 2017 at 8:11 am
    streetyson says:
    August 11, 2017 at 6:38 am
    cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 6:19 am
    Can we please allow the legal system to decide guilt?
    ——————————-
    Says one of the “fans” who poured their hate-salt against Brady, claiming he’d committed the crime of the century, despite the NFL admitting to Judge Berman that they had no evidence, so Berman clears Brady. The 2nd court didn’t rule on Brady’s possible guilt (because they had no evidence, see 1st court) but merely decided on the Commissioner’s powers to suspend at will under the CBA. So when did you change your tune?
    —————————

    ummmm.. totally different instances. One is saying he is a women beater, nothing to do with the game, when the legal system has said he is not. The other, Brady, had nothing to do with the law. And as far as any evidence you are speaking of the judge actually said there is overwhelming evidence that says Brady knew balls were being tampered with. That was not the point of the case. The case was about the CBA and due process. Brady could have straight up let the air out on the field, and all the legal system would have cared about is due process.

    The ONLY thing the 2nd appeal proved was that due process is irrelevant in NFL matters where Article 46 comes into play. Forget what the obviously partial Judge said in the 2nd appeal THE NFL ADMITTED NO EVIDENCE IN THE FIRST APPEAL! What part of that is confusing to you? Sorry for shouting but it’s still not sinking in with some folks.

  29. “Why would he waste his time challenging it in court after Brady’s ruling was upheld via the ultimate power that Goodell has with Article 46?”

    Brady got to play a whole season, including the sb, putting off his suspension till the next season by using the courts

  30. “Nothing but a Witch hunt, this will be the beginning of the end of Roger, anything more then 1 or 2 games, JJ will go to war”

    Sure. Stuff tends to smolder around Elliot and you think its a witch hunt?

    Elliots looking like a Maurice Clarett doppelganger.
    Hes forgetting he doesnt have the college protecting his image anymore and acting like an ass in public.

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