NFLPA’s Lorenzo Alexander calls NFL statement on Ezekiel Elliott “appalling”

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Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, a member of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee, is not pleased with the NFL’s statement accusing the union of smearing Ezekiel Elliott‘s accuser.

“It’s really appalling,” Alexander said on PFT Live. “We’re about representing our players at the end of the day and making sure they’re getting a fair and just trial whenever they’re going through anything with management.”

Alexander said he is “not comfortable at all” with the NFL’s disciplinary system.

“Things are not fair or consistent. They’re really all over the place,” Alexander said. “You can have two players do the same exact thing and get two different punishments.”

And although Elliott has the right to appeal, that appeal will be heard by former NFL employee Harold Henderson, whom Alexander doesn’t trust to be neutral. Although Henderson is no longer an NFL employee, he’s routinely paid by the NFL to handle appeals cases, with 87 such cases from 2008 to 2014.

“He’s in house. He’s an NFL employee. And obviously he works for Roger Goodell and they’re going to talk about it and come out to the same decision. He’s just passing the buck who’s going to oversee the case. We feel the same whether it’s Roger or Mr. Henderson doing the hearing,” Alexander said.

Henderson is supposed to be neutral, but the union has no faith that he is — and no faith in the process that got Elliott suspended.

53 responses to “NFLPA’s Lorenzo Alexander calls NFL statement on Ezekiel Elliott “appalling”

  1. The Players are the one who signed the collective bargaining agreement a couple years ago, they knew that it would give Roger Goodell full power as judge, jury and executioner!

  2. The NFLPA knows the arbitration process is know going to be fair. And while their should be someone truly independent reviewing the case, Im not sure how you can construe what the NFLPA has done in any other way than victim shaming. They have clearly put this girl on trial in the court of public opinion. Whether she deserves it or not.

  3. Well someone launched into full victim shaming yesterday. This place we full of it. And it was disgraceful even for Cowboys fans.

  4. If the players have a problem with the disciplinary system in the NFL there is one good way to avoid it, stop doing stupid stuff to get in trouble in the first place and act like a mature adult human being. Goes back to the old saying, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.”

  5. Alexander was well spoken and thoughtful while the underlying issues were well framed. The invasive investigation into private lives of players by the NFL private criminal punishment system (I would not use the word justice) is truly appalling; the variation in punishment and open bulling by the NFL has soured many fans and tarnished the “Brand” beyond all conception – it’s ripping apart the connection between the fan and the game. Next the NFL will insert itself into the marriages and intimate relationships of the players (allegations in divorce proceedings may be used to initiate investigations into player off field conduct). Goodell has become the poster boy for poisoning the relationship with the players and fans. Incredible that Mara continues to support the man who is dismantling the game. Time for the majority of the owners to inject sanity into the administration of the CBA.

  6. Of course it’s appalling. So was the punishment on Spygate, Deflategate, trying to protect Ray Rice to help Baltimore cheat, etc.

    Cheating is cheating.

    Goodell is a cheater with John Mara and others.

  7. Alexander pretty much nailed it…The players know that they can’t trust the system that’s in place…“Things are not fair or consistent. They’re really all over the place,” Alexander said. “You can have two players do the same exact thing and get two different punishments.”
    I know it’s been said before…Get your popcorn ready, I think this is going to be a long drawn out court case. Just what we needed/wanted, NOT!

  8. .
    There’s a lot of pent up anger that’s bubbling just under the surface between the NFL hierarchy and the NFLPA. It’s a situation that could explode at any time. Enter Jerry Jones.
    .

  9. “Henderson is supposed to be neutral, but the union has no faith that he is — and no faith in the process that got Elliott suspended.”

    And there will be all manner of posts saying players agreed to it but that process has largely been in place since 1968 (so much for Steelers players not agreeing to it btw). Perhaps the problem isn’t so much with the CBA as it is with clown who decided it is a cudgel to be wielded at whim while managing public opinion through well timed ‘leaks’ and disingenuous statements. Ultimately the appeal and court actions are futile, the Brady and Peterson decisions make it clear the courts have decided Goodell is free to do as he pleases. Henderson is hearing the appeal so Roger doesn’t get caught lying again. The CBA language was fine when the commissioner fit the requirement in the NFL’s bylaws that “The league shall select and employ a person of unquestioned integrity to serve as Commissioner of the League….”

  10. Get over it he put himself in that situation and now he just needs to take his 6 games and sit down. The league needs to stand by its 6 games decision.

  11. he’s right it’s a terrible, unfair, nonsensical system and you just can’t help but to laugh because the players handed it to them on a silver platter.

    #thankyousircanihaveanother

  12. He makes a good stooge. The NFL PA feeds him parsed information and he does their work for them.

  13. It’s clear to me that Elliott is guilty. It’s also clear to me that he’s headed for a lot more trouble down the line.

  14. While I understand the Lorax’s point – Players should stop blaming the NFL for these unfair, inconsistent punishments being handled down. Blame the heads of the NLPA who agreed to the CBA.

  15. For the people saying that the NFL players signed the agreement that’s true but in good faith but we see that the NFL is not credible or trustworthy and are abusive with the power so they have a contract but be outspoken when you see them in untrustworthy light WRONG IS WRONG at the end of the day.

  16. comments321 hits the nail on the head.

    Plus…the NFLPA has shown very little, if any, discomfort with the idea of defending a guy who put hands on a woman. That’s a terrible look in the eyes of any humane person.

  17. Use your voice for what is right and wrong we have a President in office signed and sealed do you agree with him because he’s in office or do you speak up about what you see is wrong.

  18. Perhaps the NFLPA should also focus on more being more proactive in helping players not make poor decisions. Not making an opinion in this case in particular but if feels like Elliott is going to continue to make dumb decisions but that doesn’t make him a bad dude in all

  19. The best thing about all the zeke Elliott stuff…florio has a new crusade and hasn’t been pushing out krapernick articles every 12 minutes!

  20. So Ray Rice gets 2 games and Goodell almost loses his job because he wasn’t harsh enough. Zeke gets 6 games and everyone is outraged. Roger can’t win.

  21. At this point as a 45 year old life long NFL fan I’d be willing to endure a missed season if it meant the NFLPA got better terms against the NFL next CBA negotiation period. Mostly related to a more transparent and balanced player discipline process.

  22. A little late for the NFLPA to claim they are interested in getting fair trial and proceedings for players. They made Goodell judge, jury and executioner in the CBA THAT THEY AGREED TO. All of this whining after the fact just reemphasizes either how poorly a job they did in negotiating or how to 95% of the players it’s a non-issue because they don’t act like knuckleheads off the field. I have no idea if Zeke beat this girl, though I hope he did not but the bottom line is they gave Goodell very one sided power on player discipline and Zeke hasn’t had the best year off the field. I guarantee three things will happen here regardless of outcome. (1) NFL will look bad. (2) NFLPA will look bad for allowing Goodell to have this much power. (3) Zeke will not look good even if he wins.

  23. Follow comment, I see a lot of people claiming he’s guilty, in their mind anyways. The woman has been proven to discuss with friends, encouraging, lying about physical confrontations, blackmailing the man for 20k over a sex tape… devious at best. Since she’s willing to do that, where does does her will to lie and perpetuate deception end? Who’s to say where the bruises came from? Did anyone see the causes of the bruises personally? Is there video or photographic evidence? Any eye witnesses? None that have been publicly released that are credible[that haven’t been instructed to lie] If any of the posters claiming his guilt have evidence they should speak up. If Zeke is truly innocent all this is doing is encouraging other crazy people to attempt to lie, extort and blackmail with false allegations for personal gain. Anyone who condones that behavior out of dislike for a team should reevaluate their moral compass.

  24. Love how these players don’t like this don’t like that, good God you signed a contract where you don’t have to practice, you don’t have to do this or that and still cry.. Blame everyone but Elliot who disrespected women more than once that is known about, he himself admits he is not perfect, yet everyone wants to put the poor old Elliott, the NFL and Gödel is picking him out. Hell his old college coach admits he is concerned for him.

  25. The Brady case did not establish Goodell’s absolute power under Article 46. That decision is precedent only in the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. It is not binding in any other US Circuit Court. Only the US Supreme Court can establish binding precedent on all of the US Circuit Courts.

    In fact, a different three judge panel of the 2nd Circuit could reach a different result. There many examples of competing results from different panels in the same Circuit.

  26. Yeah, it’s “victim shaming” to tell the truth about an accuser who repeatedly lies, extorts, threatens, asks others to commit perjury about witnessing the alleged assault, etc. You also can’t mention her text saying that she’ll be believed over him because she’s white and he’s black because that’s “shaming” too! Because while women have NEVER falsely accused black men, right? SMH.
    By the way, I’m white and a Cowboys hater who loves to lampoon old Jerrah but I’ll call out injustice when I see it!

  27. Uh, doofus football player:

    1. Henderson is not an NFL employee.
    2. There will not be a “trial.”
    3. Stick to banging your helmet onto helmets of other people and stop talking.

  28. What’s appalling is all of the people that enable Goodell, and give him a free pass.

    He is the person solely responsible for the mess that the league is in with these domestic violence suspensions. And here we are, about to make a Federal case out of another one.

  29. as if black women have never falsely accused white men? what exactly are you saying there?

  30. diehardbucbob says:
    August 17, 2017 at 8:43 am

    If the players have a problem with the disciplinary system in the NFL there is one good way to avoid it, stop doing stupid stuff to get in trouble in the first place and act like a mature adult human being.
    —————————-

    One problem is that there is no system. Another problem is that thanks to Goodell, the NFL has zero credibility in regards to matters of discipline.

    Players are going to continue to get into trouble, but until Goodell gets some integrity, the same nonsense will keep happening.

  31. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    The Brady case did not establish Goodell’s absolute power under Article 46. That decision is precedent only in the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. It is not binding in any other US Circuit Court. Only the US Supreme Court can establish binding precedent on all of the US Circuit Courts.

    In fact, a different three judge panel of the 2nd Circuit could reach a different result. There many examples of competing results from different panels in the same Circuit.

    Which means that USCCoA decisions can be as random and unfair as those emanating from Park Ave.

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