NFL accuses NFLPA of shaming Ezekiel Elliott’s accuser

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The NFL is firing back at what they consider victim-blaming in the case of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The league just put out a statement from executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart which pointed the blame directly at the players union for spreading the information.

“Over the past few days we’ve received multiple reports of the NFLPA spreading derogatory information to the media about the victim in Ezekiel Elliott discipline case,” the statement read. “It’s a common tactic to attempt to prove the innocence of the accused by discrediting the victim — in this case Ms. Thompson — when coming forward to report such abuse. Common or not, these tactics are shameful. Efforts to shame and blame victims are often what prevent people from coming forward to report violence and/or seek help in the first place.”

It’s a pretty bold move for the league to lay claim to the high ground, and to directly implicate the NFLPA in the process, by suggesting they’re the source of such reports as the one which portrayed Tiffany Thompson as extorting Elliott with a sex tape.

75 responses to “NFL accuses NFLPA of shaming Ezekiel Elliott’s accuser

  1. So releasing factual information about the behavior of the accuser is “victim blaming”?? Everything that has come out about her has been the truth. Just so happens it makes her look like a liar and a woman who is out to ruin a guy who wanted nothing to do with her.

  2. The leaks are only establishing the facts of the case. It is not their fault if the actions thus revealed happen to be shameful.

  3. Seems like Tiffany has done a pretty good job of shaming herself.

    She spits in the face of all of the women that actually suffer abuse.

  4. How about the league saying to the public Brady destroyed his phone.

    Same BS, only from 345 Park Ave.

  5. I feel for all the current victims of abuse that were contemplating coming forward with their stories of abuse or trying to get out of a bad relationship. If they do, this is what they will get. Being ridiculed in public by their abuser. No wonder so many men get away with it for so long. It doesn’t matter what kind of person she is, she didn’t deserve to get beat up.

  6. I’m not a fan of victim blaming, but pointing out that she wanted to blackmail Eliot for $20k is not victim blaming. It’s relevant as to her character.

  7. weeteblog says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm
    So releasing factual information about the behavior of the accuser is “victim blaming”?? Everything that has come out about her has been the truth. Just so happens it makes her look like a liar and a woman who is out to ruin a guy who wanted nothing to do with her.

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    it is called damage control

  8. Per the released text messages where Miss Thompson talked about selling a sex tape with Zeke and also her friend Ayrin Mason’s sworn affidavit in which she swears Miss Thompson wanted her to lie to the police to say Zeke beat her, PLUS the fact that Zeke had to get a restraining order against her in September are all the result of Miss Thompson shaming herself. So the NFLPA is releasing real information and facts? How is that shameful? What’s shameful is the NFL labeling Zeke as an abuser without concrete proof.

    A lot of commenters keep saying Zeke can’t go to court, it’s a waste of time etc….I call BS, he can go to court and sue the NFL for slander. They say they suspended him for domestic abuse. Ok prove he did it in a court of law and then you can call him an abuser.

  9. breaking down witness credibility is exactly how you raise reasonable doubt. since when did we start calling this victim shaming? nothing short of a video depicting an assault would render a guilty verdict in this case in a court of law.

  10. This is so great.

    It’s going to get so ugly, and the Cowboys, ‘Rog and the SHIELD, and everybody else is going to come out of it looking horrible.

  11. I cant say that this supposed “shaming” by Elliot’s side is any more shameful than the NFL’s position and actions.

  12. The tape or whatever has zero bearing on if EE hit her or not. That’s the queation. Not anything else. Same as if someone said yes all night – second you say no, it has to stop.

    She could have tried anything and everything but if he hit her, it’s DV and he geta the suspension.

  13. Her credibility matters as far as her testimony goes for when her bruises occurred (Zeke or barfight?). Her credibility looks shot when you combine her extorting texts along with her asking people to lie for her and that’s why the prosecutor dropped the case. Heck, where’s the civil suit where there’s a much lower standard of proof? Could it be she ain’t going to file one as all this and more would come out?
    Once again, the NFL steps in it and looks bad. How about leaving punishing actual crimes to the justice system and wait for their verdict before deciding what, if any, league punishment to tack on?

  14. The NFL has gone WAY too far this time. The impending lawsuit vs the NFL is going to finally bring us some change. I’m betting by the time this is all said and done, we will see more of a “No charge, no suspension” attitude from the NFL regarding allegations of this nature. The multi-millions that Zeke could potentially miss out on due to the NFL’s egregious decision will DEFINITELY FACTOR

  15. tehtrashman says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    This is so great.

    It’s going to get so ugly, and the Cowboys, ‘Rog and the SHIELD, and everybody else is going to come out of it looking horrible.

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    Bout time. Goodell has gone too far and he should have been fired after the Ray Rice fiasco.

  16. So many on PFT seem to forget that it is Elliott who has committed criminal behavior and not Kaepernick. How can so many defend Zeke? It’s disgusting.

  17. Let’s not forget that the NFL protocol is to coverup. How about them concussions that the league knew about, but didn’t help the players ? As it’s been said, tell the truth and it will set you free.

  18. No matter what anyone thinks on this matter Elliott just made his situation a WHOLE LOT worse! Now every women’s group or whomever is going to use Elliott as the Poster Boy for abuse whether it is true or not!
    Short term thinking by Elliott and NFLPA & Attorneys. Now the issue just got even bigger! That is reality!

  19. So it’s victim blaming to show that the person who accused Elliot of domestic violence is willing to blackmail him? That’s exactly why the NFL needs to stay out of trying to run their own (kangaroo) court.

    An actual government prosecutor gathered all the facts and decided they didn’t even have enough to proceed with a charge. Now that doesn’t mean Zeke is innocent but it’s a huge fact that should have factored in the NFL’s decision but judging from the 6 game suspension it appears to not have. The league needs a true independent arbitrator to protect it from itself. I fully expect with the drip of information coming out for the league to look evil, self serving, and nefarious like they have looked in their prior high profile cases.

  20. if the texts are real and the affidavits given by other woman (who used to be her friend) then how is that shaming?

  21. I really hope the NFLPA brings her character into it because she doesn’t represent the NFL with her shameful actions, but he does. Leak all texts and recorded conversations now to be completely transparent nfl.

  22. tebowislife says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm
    So many on PFT seem to forget that it is Elliott who has committed criminal behavior and not Kaepernick. How can so many defend Zeke? It’s disgusting.

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    First of all, what does Kaepernick have to do with any of this. Second, Elliott was never charged with any crime….EVER….and we are seeing why now!

  23. Similarly with Trunp being elected, I still cannot believe this is happening.

    The NFL clearly has no interest in being truthful and treating the NFL customer with any respect, which is why ratings dropped 12% last year. People are tied of the framejobs and lies just so Goodell can try and curry favor with Pats Haters and whoever else.

    Roger Goodell’s worst enemy is his flimsy Marketing degree which he needs to return, because he clearly doesn’t understand Marketing.

    At all.

  24. Oh My!! Like the NFL has never leaked information to bolster their side of a
    story. Just wait …soon the NFL will have their guy Adam Schefter leak
    something about Elliot. If the NFL doesn’t want criticism then let the
    professionals handle it. If the police don’t think she is credible enough
    to charge Elliot, then so be it. Police, Asst District Attorneys and Judges
    have been through hours of training. Much more so than the final
    decision maker in the NFL.
    The victim also has the option to file a civil suit where the burden of proof is less
    and a judge or jury can award damages in a proper way.

  25. Hold on. There is proof that she and her friend were wanting to blackmail him and the NFL is claiming the NFLPA is shaming them? WTF is going on at NFL headquarters? You think maybe them overpaid nitwits would support its players when they have people wanting to blackmail them or hurt their careers!

  26. Dang the gloves are OFF now, NFL is going all in on this. I’m just waiting for Goodell either to bring down the hammer even harder or NFLPA to initiate action against Goodell.

  27. mmack66 says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    Seems like Tiffany has done a pretty good job of shaming herself.

    She spits in the face of all of the women that actually suffer abuse.

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    AGREED! One of the more astute posts on the topic.

    Where’s the outrage by all of the people that claim to support women for someone hindering their cause. Lies may help in the beginning but as the web-of-deceit/lies begins to unravel it never helps.

    Goodell must be looking at a severance package if this crap is coming out at this point. Hopefully so.

  28. She discredited herself. And let’s all thank the NFLPA for releasing all of this. We as fans deserve to know all the facts and make our own judgement instead of just believing that zeke is a woman beater because the NFL said so.

  29. This is looking a lot like that ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ fiasco. Everyone jumping to a conclusion at the start, then the narrative quickly unravels and the accuser quickly slinks away quietly.

  30. The NFL clearly has no interest in being truthful and treating the NFL customer with any respect, which is why ratings dropped 12% last year.
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    Thats a well established fact.

    Why else would Bud Adams and Alex Spanos leave 2 of the top 8 markets in football?

    Why do billionaires make broke municipalities pay for their stadiums?

    Why should we have to pay $10 for a beer and $12 for a slice of pizza? $40 to park in team lots?

    Rodger screwed over the Pats? GREAT! Better them than ME!

  31. 1stargazer says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm
    Elliott was the victim of extortion and the NFL is trying to shame him.
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    I know!
    Remember when he was the victim that day when some chick pulled his top down during that St. Patrick’s Day parade?!
    And when some bully punched him right in the face at Clutch Bar in Dallas?!
    Poor guy…..

  32. harry hands says:
    August 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    What if he hit your daughter?
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    What a dumb comment.

    What if he didn’t hit your daughter, but she said he did? What if your daughter tried to get her friends to lie about what took place?

  33. “What if he hit your daughter?”

    What if he didn’t and your daughter tried to extort money from him?

  34. nicolausmckenzie says:
    August 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    She discredited herself. And let’s all thank the NFLPA for releasing all of this. We as fans deserve to know all the facts and make our own judgement instead of just believing that zeke is a woman beater because the NFL said so.
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    If the NFL told me something that I knew to be true, I’d start to doubt whether it was true or not.

  35. “What if he hit your daughter?”

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    Please show anything resembling proof that Zeke did this. I’ll wait. The only thing concrete that has come out of this whole mess is that the accuser is a straight up liar and highly manipulative…and that Roger Goodell is an even bigger clown than we realized before.

  36. The Union wouldn’t have to leak information (alleged) if the NFL made their process and finding public as they have done in other case. You can’t defame someone if you are stating facts.

  37. tebowislife says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    So many on PFT seem to forget that it is Elliott who has committed criminal behavior and not Kaepernick. How can so many defend Zeke? It’s disgusting.

    —> No, he quite literally has _not_ committed “criminal behavior” as he was never charged, tried, or convicted of anything!

  38. harry hands says:
    August 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    What if he hit your daughter?
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    Then you judge him for having hit her. Not for a questionable allegation by someone with no credibility.

  39. hey nfl – did you ever for a second think that maybe she isn’t the victim, but is the aggressor?

    I know for a fact that her actions are not typical of someone that has been in an abusive relationship. She shows no fear or concern for what might happen to her. she waited until he told her he was done with her for complaints of abuse to occur.

  40. the victim of physical violence doesn’t wait until she is dumped to go to the police. if she was abused, she would be scared. she acts like the abuser here.

    she is a liar. she tried to get a friend to lie as well. this is a concrete fact.

    the NFL chose the wrong case to try to make a statement. plenty of good people are abused – she is not one of them.

  41. Tiffany shamed herself.

    If anyone was “victim blamed” here, it looks like it was Zeke. He made knucklehead choices before, so the media was all too happy to quickly jump to the conclusion that he was guilty

  42. Talking about black mail and actually following through with it are two different things. I Don’t think his back ground record is so clean either. Pulling a woman’s top down in public to mention one. That shows lack of respect for women right there. Who knows that maybe his abuse toward her caused her to try and get back at him.

  43. I’m guessing the NFL has a whole lot more facts than we all do, and more than the NFLPA has.

    The NFL is in a tough spot here, but probably doing the right thing, seriously. If any of us posting on this board were subject to similar credible accusations, we’d most likely be fired, not suspended for 6 weeks.

  44. dickroy says:
    August 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    Talking about black mail and actually following through with it are two different things. I Don’t think his back ground record is so clean either. Pulling a woman’s top down in public to mention one. That shows lack of respect for women right there. Who knows that maybe his abuse toward her caused her to try and get back at him.

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    She was flashing boobs already and he went home with her. While I agree it’s not a smart thing to do, for this very reason, he broke no rules.

    That immaturity has NOTHING to do with domestic violence.

  45. WE WANT THE NFL TO REPEAT THIS COMMENT EVERY TIME A VICTIM COMES FORWARD WITH ALLEGATIONS. That’s the only way to prevent victim blaming. Justice has been served in the legal system for Zeke. No penalty for him, she’s likely a liar. That was the right thing to happen. But victim blaming needs to be prevented and this kind of statement by the NFL is a great thing that we need to encourage.

    If Zeke wants to sue her for defamation, that’s his right. But the court of public opinion should not be used to scare future victims of abuse into not coming forward.

  46. joetoronto says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    Pats fans make every article about the Pats, over and over.

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    Please do not paint Pats fans with the same brush. Yes, there are Brady groupies who have it out for Goodell ever since Deflategate suspension. But the vast majority of us wouldn’t go as far as trashing a domestic violence victim (allegedly) just to get to Goodell. It’s despicable.

  47. crush22 says:
    August 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    1stargazer says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm
    Elliott was the victim of extortion and the NFL is trying to shame him.
    _____________
    I know!
    Remember when he was the victim that day when some chick pulled his top down during that St. Patrick’s Day parade?!
    And when some bully punched him right in the face at Clutch Bar in Dallas?!
    Poor guy…..
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    The “Some chick” was an acquaintance of his who went home with him that night. Not a smart move but not criminal either. He also did not punch anyone at a bar. The guy got clocked by a bouncer for being a sloppy drunk, obnoxious, a-hole.

    What EE is guilty of is being immature and naive to the games groupies/golddiggers play. If this is the definition of a woman beater, virtually every man alive qualifies!

  48. But wasnt the leaked info just excerpts ftom the NFLs own report? That was my understanding.

  49. mwrea1974 says:
    August 16, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I’m guessing the NFL has a whole lot more facts than we all do, and more than the NFLPA has.

    The NFL is in a tough spot here, but probably doing the right thing, seriously. If any of us posting on this board were subject to similar credible accusations, we’d most likely be fired, not suspended for 6 weeks.
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    I doubt that the NFL has any more facts than the police did. If they do, it would behoove them to release them.

    These accusations haven’t really been credible for quite some time, and the only reason that the NFL is in a tight spot, is due to their inept handling of previous domestic violence cases. They constantly are finding themselves having to try and make up for the last flub they made. That’s no way to run a league office.

  50. dickroy says:
    August 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Talking about black mail and actually following through with it are two different things.
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    Of course, but when you put it together with all of the other evidence against her, it shows a clear pattern of crazy.

  51. He hit her. Granted she appears to be a good digger BUT he hit her and statistically he will hit again and probably again. Pooooor Zeke. If he had any respect for women he wouldn’t be in this mess to begin with.

  52. The NFL trying to defend the indefensible again. The idiots need to leave the fact finding and sentencing to real legal people instead of usurping due process. It’s not much of a jump from the threats she made about revenge and monetary gain to setting up scenarios where she self injures and plays it to domestic violence in order to satisfy her need for money. The next contract, the NFLPA should demand independent investigations of events like this with NO involvement by Goodell and his minions other than being witnesses or across the table as counsel.

  53. joetoronto says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    Pats fans make every article about the Pats, over and over.
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    That’s because the current screw job on Elliot isn’t relevant at all.

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