Report: NFL investigator recommended no suspension for Ezekiel Elliott

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NFL investigator Kia Roberts recommended no suspension for Ezekiel Elliott, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Roberts testified to that during an appeal hearing that lasted 25 hours over three days this week.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ repeated declaration that the league would not suspend Elliott was based on his knowledge of Roberts’ recommendation backed by assurance from a top NFL executive of no suspension, per Hill. Jones reportedly was “furious” when the league announced the six-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy.

Hill also reports Roberts’ recommendation — following her interviews with Elliott’s ex-girlfriend — never made it into the NFL’s final report or the official Aug. 11 suspension letter. The league cited findings of three instances of domestic violence by Elliott against Tiffany Thompson based on the victim’s testimony and photographic evidence.

In addition, Roberts did not attend the meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss discipline for Elliott, per Hill, as she was barred from it by Lisa Friel, the senior vice president for investigations.

Hill’s source indicated that if arbiter Harold Henderson returns a ruling unacceptable to Elliott, the case will head to federal court. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Thursday that Henderson is under pressure to make a decision by Monday, with a reduction likely.

68 responses to “Report: NFL investigator recommended no suspension for Ezekiel Elliott

  1. In addition, Roberts did not attend the meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss discipline for Elliott, per Hill, as she was barred from it by Lisa Friel, the senior vice president for investigations.

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    Smells like that jealous team that plays in N.J. was in on this. Nice work Giants.

  2. “Roberts did not attend the meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss discipline for Elliott, per Hill, as she was barred from it by Lisa Friel”

    Wow. Just…wow. Can it be any more obvious Zeke is being railroaded?

  3. “Hill also reports Roberts’ recommendation never made it into the NFL’s final report or the official Aug. 11 suspension letter.”

    A league investigator makes a recommendation. That recommendation is not only ignored, it’s completely squelched.

    I’m not saying that somebody was conspiring, but somebody was conspiring.

  4. I don’t know what happened, but I do know that the NFL is run by pikers. What a crapshow of handling an investigation. Marsha Clark ran a tighter ship.

  5. Nothing new here. Nfl is crooked and corrupt. They do want they want and don’t care. I’m not saying Elliott is perfect, but no charges filed! Hellooooo Goodell! #FIREGOODELL

  6. “Hill also reports Roberts’ recommendation — following her interviews with Elliott’s ex-girlfriend — never made it into the NFL’s final report or the official Aug. 11 suspension letter”

    Probably an honest mistake, maybe it was inadvertently filed with the Ray Rice video and the Colts & Pats PSI gauges from the AFCCG.

  7. you all laughed when we all said that you think its funny when its brady but wait till its your team. well guess what. its your teams turn.

  8. So basically , if you dont have VIDEO evidence then its all good. Man , alot of women are gonna be beaten by pro athletes . SMH

  9. What an unmitigated disaster.

    Anyone with a brain knows this whole thing was fabricated by Tiffany Thompson.

    What was the NFL doing for a year?

  10. thejetssuck2001 says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    you all laughed when we all said that you think its funny when its brady but wait till its your team. well guess what. its your teams turn.
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    Death, taxes, Patriots fans not letting it go, Patriots fans pulling “I told you so’s”

  11. Unbelievable ! Sometimes there are things that boggle the mind, this is one of them. How in the world did Goodell come up with a 6 game suspension when one of the investigators did not recommend a suspension and didn’t get to hear from her? Something smells bad with the NFL. Funny how Goodell always talks about protecting the shield, yet when it comes to fairness and honesty that seems to go out the window with the NFL. This seems like it was a witch hunt. This is too crazy.

  12. “If Ray Rice had to get punished, then Zeke should as well”.

    If the prosecutors don’t bring charges there should be no suspension. Ray Rice should not have been suspended, neither should Zeke. The NFL should not be an extra-judicial body.

    Also, no NFL fan’s enjoyment of the game should be lessened if Rice were on the field. His actions have zero effect on anyone other than his family. Any adverse reaction by a fan is fake outrage.

  13. “In addition, Roberts did not attend the meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss discipline for Elliott, per Hill, as she was barred from it by Lisa Friel, a lifelong rabid New York Giants fan with family season tickets going back 60 years.”

    Fixed it for you.

  14. thejetssuck2001 says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    you all laughed when we all said that you think its funny when its brady but wait till its your team. well guess what. its your teams turn.
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    Patriots fan always think the world started with them. News flash: The NFL has been making bad decisions about player and team discipline since Goodell was named commissioner.

  15. Wow. This is some next level ish. It’s one thing if Roberts recommended no suspension and you had 2-3 other investigators who disagreed. But in this case, the person you put in charge of getting all the evidence together says ‘I don’t recommend a suspension’ and you basically treat them as if they were never there in the first place. You literally prevent them from presenting their findings to Goodell all together.

    I’m seriously thinking Zeke plays every game this year now.

  16. Can’t suspend/punish anyone if there is no crime. What’s so difficult for the NFL to understand? The presumption that there MIGHT have been a crime should not be enough to suspend anyone. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  17. Wow: Hill also reports Roberts’ recommendation — following her interviews with Elliott’s ex-girlfriend — never made it into the NFL’s final report or the official Aug. 11 suspension letter. The league cited findings of three instances of domestic violence by Elliott against Tiffany Thompson based on the victim’s testimony and photographic evidence.

    In addition, Roberts did not attend the meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss discipline for Elliott, per Hill, as she was barred from it by Lisa Friel, the senior vice president for investigations.

  18. Flabbergasted. No not really. This is why court is the way to go, Goodell should have to explain this to a federal judge. A bunch of ex-prosecuter dogs let loose by Der kommisar to scalp anything threatening their interests, under the guise of “protecting the sheild.” Sad part is their interests don’t allign with the overall league but rather a select few franchises, and we all are starting to see exactly which ones they are.

  19. As much as I don’t like Elliott (and I don’t like Elliott — he acts like an idiot on the field and off it), I don’t think it is right to have him railroaded by Goodell. The guy feels like he is above the law and the players can blame the NFLPA for allowing it.

  20. gauchosporlife says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm
    Can’t suspend/punish anyone if there is no crime. What’s so difficult for the NFL to understand? The presumption that there MIGHT have been a crime should not be enough to suspend anyone. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
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    Clearly you haven’t been paying attention the last few years. Facts don’t matter to Roger.

  21. This gets more bizarre by the day. I guess Elliot’s team knew about the Lead Investigator’s recommendation and decided to keep it quiet until it was needed.

    If there was really an intent to railroad Zeke and silence the Lead Investigator’s recommendation, I’m not sure how Goodell survives this.

    I think the Cowboys are going to be offered a complete dismissal of the suspension in exchange to keep this quiet.

  22. Goodell’s approach to an investigation: First, come to a conclusion that is politcally correct and is approved by John Mara. Second, hire investigators who will create a report to justify the conclusion, whatever the evidence.

  23. brandonj21 says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    So basically , if you dont have VIDEO evidence then its all good. Man , alot of women are gonna be beaten by pro athletes . SMH
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    No, if you don’t have credible evidence that a crime was committed, then you don’t suspend a player for 6 games. Besides, they had video evidence with Ray Rice, and they tried to bury it.

  24. maverick975 says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:36 pm
    thejetssuck2001 says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    you all laughed when we all said that you think its funny when its brady but wait till its your team. well guess what. its your teams turn.
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    Death, taxes, Patriots fans not letting it go, Patriots fans pulling “I told you so’s”
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    No we will not let it go. The NFL railroaded the Pats and every scientist, except for those paid by the NFL i.e. Exponent, who has looked at the evidence and done their own tests says the Pats were railroaded. The NFL fined the Pats $1 million a 1st and 4th round draft picks along with suspending Brady for 4 games. The NFL rule book says any ball tampering is “up to a $25,000 fine”.
    Why would any Pats fan let it go? Most NFL owners wanted Goodell to hammer the Pats to even the playing field b/c 3/4 of their teams couldn’t beat Alabama with home field advantage.

  25. Let’s not pretend this guy is a choir boy even if this situation has been botched. Doesn’t he have another few investigations going on for other incidents? He’ll be missing time for one thing or another this season.

  26. Instead, the investigator recommended the Patriots get fined two 1rst round picks and a million dollars.

  27. thetroofishere says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:50 pm
    I’m not sure how Goodell survives this.
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    You definitely haven’t been paying attention the last several years.

  28. You’d think the league couldn’t handle another embarrassment like this being leaked, but they’re used to it. This is just another Thursday for them. Even I don’t think Elliott got a fair shot here, and I hate the Cowboys.

  29. Goodell is wanting to make up for completely screwing up the Ray Rice situation. Goodell could care less about whether Elliott is gulity or not. Goodell screwed up and suspending Elliott is how he is going to try to make up for it.

  30. brandonj21 says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    If Ray Rice had to get punished , then Zeke should as well.
    ……………………………………………….

    Let me get this right. If Ray Lewis is on camera throwing a punch that knocks a woman out cold, and drags her away by the hair, cave man style, then Elliott is guilty when a truckload of witnesses say nothing happened?? You are free to hate Ohio State and free to hate Dallas, but dude, use your head for more than a hat rack, please.

  31. So the difference between Zeke getting off scot-free and Jarvis Landry (whose “victim” claimed he didn’t do anything) getting suspended 6 games is a freakin’ video? And what I want to know is how the heck–a month or so after this started, did suddenly a “video” appear? Now I wouldn’t expect Roger “Robert Kraft owns me” Goodell to know this but videos can be faked, even by TMZ, or by anyone. And if Landry did hit his girlfriend as the video supposedly will show, why would she deny it? If my spouse hit me, I would never deny it!

  32. This league boggles the mind, doesn’t it? I could care less about the Cowboys, Patriots, Saints … but geez, how can you get it so wrong so many times?

  33. You know Goodell’s Gangsters never meant for this to come out. I understand after the previous miscues on domestic violence Goodell might have thought he needed to make a statement, but at what point does someone lean over and whisper, ” This ain’t that case.”

  34. I do not understand how the NFL benefits from suspending one of their marquee players, assuming he’s innocent…

    The only conclusion I can draw is that they think it’d be worse to let him get off Scott free than to punish him.

    Clearly this is deeper than we understand

  35. Does the league really think that we don’t all see and understand this?

    It’s unbelievable. And they don’t seem to learn anything from the past. They just keep making bad decisions.

  36. NFL is nutty

    they decide the punishment and then figure out how to justify it.
    If they find out things that refute the punishment, ignore it.

    Given the Jets will suck anyway, why can’t they just all strike now?

  37. westernbuc says:
    August 31, 2017 at 11:25 pm
    I do not understand how the NFL benefits from suspending one of their marquee players, assuming he’s innocent…

    The only conclusion I can draw is that they think it’d be worse to let him get off Scott free than to punish him.

    Clearly this is deeper than we understand

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    “integrity”

    it is not hard to understand at all

    it is all about image

    after goodell was caught trying to help bisciotti in the ray rice case, their
    image has taken a hit with the female demographic

    all about money

    eyeballs on the tv for fantasy football, which includes women

  38. It’s so obvious the NFL is “acting” like it wants to punish Zeke. Have you seen the numbers? Sunday Ticket, TNF, MNF all considerably down. About the only things that are steady “not even up” are Red Zone channel and SNF. As if the NFL actually wants this Zeke suspension to be upheld. Ha!

  39. gauchosporlife says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
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    Goodell happened.

  40. In the NFL you are guilty until… well… you are guilty. Even if the lead investigator says you are otherwise.

    $Integrity.

  41. Also, did the NFL ever investigate that QB who was passing off random memorabilia as “Worn in games”

  42. I’m starting to lose a lot of interest in the NFL largely in part of the clown car antics of Goodell. The NFL needs to clean house at the Commissioner’s office and start over. Can’t stand little troll Jerrah or the Cowboys, but this was a railroad job.

  43. Are they trying to get him to win the appeal? I know this isn’t a court of law, so the standards are different, but they had to know this could end up in front of a judge. The one way he could get his suspension overturned is to prove the process is flawed and corrupt, and the NFL handed that to him on a silver platter by not even talking to the one person who investigated the situation. Bravo NFL, another week, another incredible display of outright stupidity.

  44. “The only conclusion I can draw is that they think it’d be worse off to let him get off Scott free than to punish him”.

    How exactly would the league be worse off by not suspending Zeke? He was never charged. Why does the NFL continually stoop to trying to please the busy bodies who think someone else’s actions are their business?

    NFL players are on the field to play football, period. It’s not some type of morality play. Who cares what they do off the field?

  45. So, the only ones in this meet-n-bleat were “friendly” to the accuser, and nobody was there on behalf of the accused. Pfffft. Backlash incoming in 3.2.1… “There was a reason prosecutors passed on this claim, and further supported by the NFL investigator on the point, who interviewed the accuser, and recommended -no action-“.

    Something stinks up in here, NFL. In the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd; “Eeeew eew, that smell. Can’t ya smell that smell? The smell that surrounds you”.

    Or, in the words of Mr. Rogers; “Can you say today’s words, boys and girls? Dog, pony, and show.” Just don’t ask what Mr. Robinson’s words are today (old SNL spoof of Mr. Rogers).

    Signed,
    ~ Not a cowboys fan

  46. webofbelief says:
    August 31, 2017 at 9:55 pm
    Goodell’s approach to an investigation: First, come to a conclusion that is politcally correct and is approved by John Mara. Second, hire investigators who will create a report to justify the conclusion, whatever the evidence.
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    True in past cases. But now the NFL has gone beyond that ploy and simply ignores the investigator even when they conclude there was “nothing to see here” and recommend no suspensions. It’s rather startling until you recall who’s running the show.

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